Primetime Performers

San Diego State Defender Tiffany Hurst Leads CS360's Week-2 Primetime Performers Honor Roll

                                                                     WEEK-1 HONOREES                      

Release: Aug. 29, 2011        Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

San Diego State senior left back Tiffany Hurst (Santa Rosa, Calif.) – whose strong play at both ends of the field led the Aztecs to wins over Minnesota (cs360 #37) and #4 Portland – has been named the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week, as announced by CollegeSoccer360.com, for the first full week of the 2011 season. The Primetime designation recognizes players based on situational factors (such as quality of opponent, clutch play, leadership, etc.) involving their performances during the past week, rather than solely on raw stats (see full listing of criteria below).

Hurst leads the way among the week-2 honorees on the CS360 Primetime Performers, with the eight others including: Duke junior central defender Libby Jandl (Mission Hills, Kan.) ... North Carolina senior forward Courtney Jones (Danville, Calif.) ... UCLA senior forward Sydney Leroux (Vancouver, British Columbia) ... Penn State junior midfielder Christine Nairn (Arnold, Md.) ... Florida Gulf Coast senior goalkeeper Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla.) ... Missouri defensive midfielder Dominique Richardson (Fullerton, Calif.) ... Kansas freshman forward Ingrid Vidal (Palmira, Columbia) ... and Maryland midfielder Olivia Wagner (Boulder, Colo.).

See below for information on all nine honorees, with action photos included (headshots located in right-sidebar).

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San Diego State senior outside back Tiffany Hurst (left) had strong play at both ends of the field, including the game's lone goal in a 1-0 upset of #4 Portland.

HURST helped lead the Mountain West Conference favorites to the pair of noteworthy wins (2-1 vs. Minnesota; 1-0 vs. Portland), with the Pilots suffering their first shutout loss since 2008 while SDSU now finds itself in the national top-25 rankings. Hurst and her fellow defenders limited both opponents to single-digit total shots while allowing only seven shots-on-goal (two by the Pilots) in the pair of games, with the lone goal allowed coming shortly after the Aztecs' top 'keeper left the Minnesota game due to injury (the Gophers scored on a counter, in the final seconds of the first half).

On the offensive end, Hurst set up the late game-winning goal vs. Minnesota (84'), after tapping the ball to Carli Johnson and taking a return pass before feeding Haley Locker for the score from close range (low-left corner) – in addition to helping limit the Gophers to nine total shots, five on goal and three corner kick. Two days later, Hurst scored the lone goal in the Portland game (25') after collecting her own deflected leftside corner kick and finishing into the left-corner (assisted by Locker).

Hurst was part of a stout defense – also featuring sophomore left back Haley Palmer ('10 MCW freshman of the year) along with the central defender duo of senior Megan McQueeny (two-time all-MCW performer) and sophomore Kory Spotts (UNC Greensboro transfer) – that allowed only two shots-on-goal from Portland (nine total shots). A third-year who missed the 2010 season due to injury, Hurst has another year of eligibility remaining after the 2011 season. She earned youth All-America honors while playing for Montgomery High School and the Santa Rose United Freeze (which did not allow a goal en route to winning 2007 state title).

Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):

• Must have been playing in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a preseason conference favorite/leader), or performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason qualification/participation.

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent and situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.

• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, team spirit, etc.

• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).

• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home field.

CLICK HERE for CS360 Primetime Performer Archive from 2010 

CLICK HERE for CS360 Primetime Performer Archive from 2009 (D-I women)

CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week #2
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com ... for games Aug. 22-28, 2011)

"It's not so much what your do, as it is when you do it."

Tiffany Hurst A 200

*TIFFANY HURST 
San Diego State ... Defender ... Sr./Jr.
Santa Rosa, California ... #9

Veteran right back who played a lead role on both ends of the field – including a late game-winning assist and then a gamewinning goal – as the Aztecs (Mt. West Conf. favorites) completed an impressive weekend that included a 2-1 win over Minnesota (cs360 #9) before upsetting perennial national power Portland (#4), 1-0 (UP's first shutout since 2008), boosting SDSU into the national rankings ... part of defense that limited both opponents to single-digit total shots while allowing only seven shots-on-goal (two by the Pilots) in the pair of games, with the lone goal allowed coming shortly after the Aztecs' top 'keeper left the Minnesota game due to injury (the Gophers scored on a counter, in the final seconds of the first half) ... set up late game-winning goal vs. Minnesota (84'), after tapping ball to Carli Johnson and taking return pass before feeding Haley Locker for score from close range (low-left corner) ... helped limit Minnesota to nine total shots, five on goal and three corner kicks ... two days later, scored lone goal in Portland game (25') after collecting her own deflected leftside corner kick and finishing into the left-corner (assisted by Locker) ... part of stout defense – also featuring sophomore left back Haley Palmer ('10 MCW freshman of the year) along with the central defender duo of senior Megan McQueeny (two-time all-MCW performer) and sophomore Kory Spotts (UNC Greensboro transfer) – that allowed only two shots-on-goal from Portland (nine total shots) ... third-year starter who is missed 2010 season due to injury ... prep All-American while playing for Montgomery High School and the Santa Rose United Freeze (which did not allow a goal en route to winning 2007 state title).

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Libby Jandl A 200

LIBBY JANDL
Duke ... Defender ... Jr.
Mission Hills, Kansas ... #3

Central defender who helped Blue Devils (cs360 #15) complete strong weekend at the UNC tournament, with 2-0 win over Houston and big 3-1 upset of #1 Notre Dame ... key member of defense that limited the Irish to one conventional shot-on-goal – with the other coming on a deflection that led to the ND goal ('keeper's punt glanced off an ND player and ball went into the goal) ... logged 83 minutes in win over Houston, with defense yielding only seven shots, five shots-on-goal and three corner kicks ... played the entire game vs. Notre Dame while helping overcome loss of her fellow center back, senior tri-captain/defensive leader Ashley Rape (54th-minute injury) ... the fluke goal by ND is the only one allowed by the Blue Devils this season (4-0-0) ... second-year starter (also made nine starts as a freshman) ... product of Shawnee Mission East High School and the elite K.C. Dynamos club program ... her sisters Kate and Brooke and Duke graduates while her brother John currently is a senior on the DePaul men's soccer team.  


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Courtney Jones A 200

COURTNEY JONES
North Carolina ... Forward ... Sr. 
Danville, California ... #84

Veteran frontrunner – surrounded by a still relatively young UNC lineup – who played lead role on both goals against #1 Notre Dame (2-1/OT), as #3 Tar Heels halted three-game home losing streak against the Irish (with 5,236 fans looking on, the program's 4th-biggest crowd, most since '98, in Fetzer Field history) ... assisted on midfielder Ranee Premji's goal that opened scoring vs. Irish (20') ... took free kick and ensuing corner kick in advance of that goal, adding a run down right side (latching onto pass from Satara Murray) and sending cross that ultimately produced Premji's one-timer from the top of the box (left-sidenetting) ... watched fierce midfield battle for much of the game, with regulation ending 1-1 while UNC had only two shots-on-goal through the first 90 minutes ... capitalized on chance in OT (96'), set up by interception by Amber Brooks and Keaia Ohai's leftside redirection/pass – by running onto ball at top of the box and finishing strong 20-yard shot into lower-left corner to beat the defending NCAA champs ... added assist on Kelly McFarlane goal (9') that opened scoring in 6-1 win over Houston ... 4th-year starter who is nearing the 30-30 career disticntion (31 goals, 27 assists; in 79 games/76 starts) ... prep All-American while competing with Monte Vista High School along with the Blast-&-Fury and Mustangs club programs ... her father Brent (all-pro tight end) played 11 seasons and won three Super Bowls with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

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Sydney Leroux A 200

SYDNEY LEROUX  
UCLA ... Forward ... Sr.
Vancouver, British Columbia ... #2

All-America veteran who proved her status as one of nation's top scorers, after registering goals against quality SEC foes in both games at the Lady Vol Classic (2-1 comeback vs. #37 Tennessee; 2-0 vs. #9 Florida) to earn tournament MVP honors ... capped late rally vs. the host Volunteers, who led the #7 Bruins through 80 minutes ... watched Zakiya Bywaters scored tying goal before scoring the eventual gamewinner (85'), jumping on Samantha Mewis' deflected shot and alertly sending home a 6-yard shot near the left post ... added key insurance goal in tense top-10 battle with the Gators, scoring again from close range after Sarah Killion had intercepted a poor clearance by Florida ... nearing to 50-goal mark in her UCLA career (44G-9A, in 66 GP) ... has trained in the past with both the U.S. and Canadian youth national-team programs ... played high school soccer at Johnston Heights Secondary while becoming youngest player ever to compete with the prestigious Vancouver Whitecaps club program (as a 15-year-old).


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Christine Nairn A 200

CHRISTINE NAIRN  
Penn State ... Midfielder ... Jr.
Arnold, Maryland ... #10

Dynamic, All-America midfielder whose end-to-end hustle and quality play spearheaded a strong all-around showing by Penn State (cs360 #35), which scored early and often en route to a 5-0 win over growing rival and #19 West Virginia (which had dominated its results vs. PSU in recent years) ... led effective neutralization of the WVU midfielder will also making key defensive contributions ... worked combination play with Jess Rosenbluth to set up a Maddy Evans goal 62 second into the game – launching PSU on to a 3-0 lead through eight minutes of play ... added another assist that pushed lead to 4-0 (65'), providing pass that set up the onrushing Taylor Schram ... the five goals were the most for Penn State in its series history vs. WVU ... also helped shut out Richmond (3-0), extending PSU's strong start (3-1-0; 12-4 scoring edge) ... owns 14G-18A in 46 career games with Penn State (42 starts) ... has trained and competed with various U.S. national-team programs ... earned prep and youth All-America honors while starring with Archbishop Spalding High School and the Freestate Shooters club team ... her brother played soccer at Salisbury University and currently is an assistant coach with the Seagulls.

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Stephanie Power A 280

STEPHANIE POWERS 
Florida Gulf Coast ... Goalkeeper ... Sr.
Seffner, Florida ... #18

Battle-tested netminder who has been key leader in FGCU move up to Division I (Eagles are postseason-eligible this year and picked to win the Atlantic Sun Conference titles) ... played key role in 2-0 win at Charlotte, defending champs in the Atlantic-10 and a perennial contender for the NCAAs ... racked up a career-high 12 saves in win over the 49ers while facing a furious all-around attack from the home team (which had 30 total shots and four corner kicks) en route to her 20th career shutout ... added four key saves later in the weekend, helping FGCU rally for 2-1 win a Davidson ... earned 2010 first team all-conference honors and finished 10th in the nation with a 0.53 season goals-against avg. (2nd team all-A-Sun in '09) ... product of Armwood Hight School and the RLS Florida club program ... her brother Zack Powers is a member of the baseball program at the University of Florida.

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Dominique Richardson A 200

DOMINIQUE RICHARDSON 
Missouri ... Defensive Midfielder ... So.
Fullerton, California ... #2

Key cog for young Missouri team (cs360 #45) that posted pair of key wins over Big Ten opponents, highlighted by 1-0 victory over Ohio State team (cs360 #10) coming off a 2010 season that included advancing to the College Cup semifinals ... scored lone goal in that game and added score for 2-1 lead in eventual 4-2 victory over Purdue ... ended scoreless deadlock vs. the Buckeyes, after tracking down deflected free-kick and scoring from top of box, past 'keeper Katie Baumgardner ('51) ... helped limit Ohio State (headed by All-America forward Paige Maxwell) to six shots-on-goal ... scored on header, via Kelsey Mulcahy's corner kick, in win over Purdue (35'), which also managed only six shots-on-goal ... looking to help lead Missouri program back to a spot among the nation's elite ... second-year starter who played on the youth level with Fullerton Union High School and the Legends FC club program.

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Ingrid Vidal A 200B

INGRID VIDAL  
Kansas ... Forward... Fr.
Palmira, Columbia ... #13

Colombian National Team regular who is fresh off the experience of competing in Germany at the 2011 Women's World Cup ... made big impact (2G-1A) over the weekend out in the west coast, as the Jayhawks upset #40 USC (3-2) and host team San Diego (2-1) at the USD Tournament ... her alert pass led to Whitney Berry's goal for 2-1 lead (38') in win over USC ... scored twice in final eight minutes for stunning win over the Toreras ... the tying goal (83') was set up on a rightside shot from Carolina Kastor, whose far-post shot was batted away by 'leeper Courtney Parsons – but Vidal pinched the loose ball into the goal ... four minutes later, Berry played a long lead pass for Kastor down the right side and the resulting endline pass connected with Vidal for the dramatic gamewinner (87').


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Olivia Wagner A 250

OLIVIA WAGNER  
Maryland ... Midfielder ... Jr.
Boulder, Colorado ... #11

Has made impressive transition into starting role, totaling three goals and and a pair of assists while starting all four games so far this season for the #5 Terps (including the Aug. 29 win over Army) ... had 2G-2A early last week in 9-0 win at Loyola, Md., before playing key role during intense possession battle vs. #2 Stanford (which ended in a rare scoreless tie) ... helped generate the bulk of Maryland's scoring chances vs. the Cardinal, with a team-high seven shots and effective play on various set pieces ... added solid defensive play during the 110-minute standoff (played full game) – including heading the ball away from the front of the net on a late set-piece sequence from the visitors ... totaled 3G-10A in her first two seasons at Maryland, primarily as a top sub ... was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Colorado while starring for Alexander Dawson High School and the elite Real Colorado club program.

* Hurst is the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week ... rankings referenced above refer to the CS360 Composite National Rankings.


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