CS360 Week-4 Primetime Performers (D-I Women; 2012)

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Release: Sept. 11, 2012      Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

BYU'S MICHELE MURPHY TABBED FOR CS360 WEEK-4 TOP PRIMETIME PLAYER
Nine others named to CS360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll, for week of Sept. 3-9.

BYU freshman forward Michele Murphy (Sandy, Utah) has received the top honor among the week-4 edition of the CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com (10 total honorees, listed below). Murphy is the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week for Sept. 3-9 and is joined by nine others on the Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll for the fourth week of the 2012 season.

Murphy and her teammates completed what could prove to be a season-defining week, after shockingly running away from Texas (5-0) before besting cs360 #6 Penn State (3-1). The Cougars were playing in front of a spirited home crowd of 5,000-plus and could have crumpled under that pressure, instead surging past Penn State for the huge win. Murphy - who owns a team-best nine points (4G-1A) through seven games this season – scored twice in a four-minute span to quickly extend the 1-0 battle vs. Texas to a 3-0 cushion (she added an assist a few minutes later). Two days later, with BYU holding a tenuous 2-1 lead vs. PSU early in the second half, the talented newcomer scored on a header (assisted by Carlee Payne Holmoe) at 57' for the final 3-1 margin.   

(Scroll down for player info. and action photos of the 10 honorees; headshots in right sidebar).

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

• Performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason achievements, typically in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a conference favorite from a league not represented in the CS360 top-50).

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and other 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, all-around performance, 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 and/or against a traditional rival.

The 10 week-4 honorees include a fifth-year senior, five traditional seniors, a pair of juniors, a sophomore and a freshman. They hail from eight different home states, led by three from Texas and one each from Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Utah.

Listing of the 10 honorees follows below – as do player info. capsules (with action photos) at bottom of page (headshots in right sidebar).

 Note – All photos on this page courtesy of the respective schools (UNC and Duke photos courtesy of Shane Lardinois).

CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #4      Division I Women
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com … week of Sept. 3-9, 2012)

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

KALEY BLANTON  (Samford ... F ... Sr. … Mandeville, LA … #28)
AMBER BROOKS
  (North Carolina ... DM ... Sr. … New Hope, PA … #22)
KIM CURRIE
  (UNC Wilmington ... M … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Lumberton, NC … #4)
KELSEY DEVONSHIRE  (Oklahoma … G … Sr. … North Richland Hills, TX … #0)
ALINA GARCIAMENDEZ
  (Stanford … D ... Sr. … Fairview, TX … #4)
RYCJE GUINEY
  (Marist ... M ... Jr. … Naperville, IL … #4)
BRITTANY JAGGER
  (Loyola Marymount ... G ... Sr./Jr. … Allen, TX … #0)
ANNIE KUNZ  (Texas A&M ... F ... So. … Golden, CO … #7)
* MICHELE MURPHY
  (BYU ... F … Fr. … Sandy, UT … #16)
LAURA WEINBERG
  (Duke ... F ... Jr. … Boca Raton, FL … #16)

* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week


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KALEY BLANTON  (Samford ... F ... Sr. … Mandeville, LA … #28)

Veteran frontrunner who scored three times during pair of quality results for the Southern Conference favorites Samford – with wins over Mid-America Conference favorite Toledo (1-0, in 2 OT) and cs360 #39 Kentucky (3-1), during tournament action at Louisville … won Toledo game with 2:57 left in the second/final overtime, after speeding down right side and receiving pass from Jordan Johnson, then slanting inside and scoring on shot that tucked inside the post … played lead role two days later in handing Kentucky its first loss, scoring pair of early goals for 2-0 lead … lofted shot from right flank over Wildcats 'keeper for quick score (1:14), later knocking home a rebound in 17th minute … Samford ended up winning the tournament, as Kentucky earlier had upset the host Louisville (cs360 #19) … began career as reserve defender before making 2010 switch in forward due to rash of injuries on team … made seven starts in 2010 (22 GP; 2G-1A) and seven more in 2011 (21 GP; 1G-2A), before emerging as a regular with the Bulldogs this season … product of the Louisiana state ODP program and the Mandeville Soccer Club … lettered in soccer and track at Fontainebleau High School.
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Amber Brooks A230AMBER BROOKS 
(North Carolina ... DM ... Sr. … New Hope, PA … #22)

Lived up to her status as one of the nation's premier defensive/holding midfielders during tournament action at Duke, impacting the play on both ends of the field as the Tar Heels posted noteworthy wins over cs360 #9 Marquette (4-0) and San Diego (5-0) … team captain and center piece of UNC defense that has rattled off five straight shutouts vs. DI opponents (all quality teams; also Florida, UConn and Notre Dame) … her shutdown play helped limit Marquette and USD to a pair of shots-on-goal and only one corner quick between them … part of UNC defense that held Marquette to a pair of shots (one on goal) and no corners … set up the first goal in that game with a flick-header (via a long-ball service from Meg Morris), leading directly to Paige Nielsen's goal in the 6th minute … showed the depth of her all-around value by stepping forward to convert late PK to cap the win … returned two days later to hold back USD team that has appeared in the CS360 top-50 twice this season (Toreros had six shots, only one on goal, plus one corner) … also capped the scoring in that game, after cashing in a long thru-ball from Katie Bowen … has 38 career points at UNC (12G-14A) in 76 games played (57 starts) … led 2011 team with 14 points (3G-8A) … her 2010 honors included NSCAA second team all-region, second team all-ACC and CoSIDA first team Academic All-District (23 GS; 7G-2A) … a Freshman All-American on 2009 NCAA title team (27 GS/15 GS; 3A) … has captained U.S. Under-23 National Team (previous member of U-20, U-17 and U-16 teams) … attended the Pennington School in New Jersey while earning youth All-America honors as member of elite Arsenal World Class club program … her mother Jean played on the Ashland University men's soccer team in the late-70s (her father Alan was a member of the LeMoyne College soccer team) … carries a 3.8 cumulative GPA at UNC, as a communications major. 
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KIM CURRIE  Kim Currie A230
(UNC Wilmington ... M … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Lumberton, NC … #4)

Key veteran force for UNCW team (4-2-1) that already has surpassed its win total from a year ago (3-16), despite being picked to finish ninth in the Colonial Athletic Association this season … earned tournament MVP honors at UCNW home event, after totaling 2G-1A in wins over Big South favorite Campbell (3-0) and Troy (4-0) … directs team from her midfield spot, with her strong all-around play leading to a 43-9 shot margin (21-5 in shots-on-goal; 13-5 corner kicks) during the pair of games … gave team early 2-0 lead on Campbell (15') after running onto a Stephanie Rose thru-ball and scoring from top of the box … helped limit Campbell to four shots on goal and no corner kicks … factored into pair of goals vs. Troy – first scoring another early goal (10'; 18-yd breakaway shot off left post) before assisting as part of pass sequence that led to final goal (Amanda Holmes, 57') … team's current 4-game winning streak is longest sine 5-game run in 2009 (when UNCW won its first CAA title) … part of UNCW team that has lost these season to pair of top-20 teams (Virginia and Virginia Tech) while playing to scoreless tie with then-#3 Wake Forest (program's first win/tie ever vs. top-10 opponent) … transfer from North Carolina who helped beat her old team during 2-1 exhibition game this season … has 6G-5A in her three seasons at UNCW (42 GP/26 GA; 3G-1A in 2012) … product of Lumberton High School, along with the Coastal Crew and CASL Spartan Elite club programs.
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7634209KELSEY DEVONSHIRE  (Oklahoma … G … Sr. … North Richland Hills, TX … #0)

Rose to the big-game challenge in annual "Bedlam" rivalry showdown with Oklahoma State (cs360 #5), saving all six shots she faced while seeing plenty of action (20 total shots, plus 10 corner kicks) as Sooners won 1-0 to end a 10-game winless streak vs. the Cowgirls (first win in the series since 2005) … her clutch play – in front of a record home crowd (2.475) – helped hand Oklahoma State its first loss of the 2012 season … four-year starter who has racked up 330 saves in 69 career starts with the Sooners … product of Richland High School and the Polaris club program.  


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ALINA GARCIAMENDEZ (Stanford … D ... Sr. … Fairview, TX … #4) 

Alina Garciamendez A230-2

Standout central defender who showcased her all-around technical skill by pushing forward to score in the closing moments of regulation (88:42) for 1-0 win over cs360 #40 Boston University … looking to avoid overtime, the Cardinal started its goal sequence on a pass from Hannah Farr to Garciamendez, who touched the ball forward before drilling a low, 20-yard shot that tucked inside the right post … that win helped right the ship for Stanford program that had gone winless in back-to-back games for the first time since 2007 (a loss/tie to BU would have been the first 3-game winless streak since 2006) … all three of her previous goals with Stanford had come on headers and another game two games later, as she connected with Sydney Payne's right side header for 3-0 lead on cs360 #23 Georgetown (6-0 final) … anchored a Stanford defense that did not allow a shot on goal during the entire weekend and yielded only six corner kicks (none by BU) … rare three-year team captain who has started all 84 games of her Stanford career … named to 2011 College Cup all-tournament team, after helping Cardinal win NCAA titles (NSCAA first team all-region and first team all-Pac-12) … key factor in 49 shutouts during her Stanford career (0.50 team goals-against avg. in 2009, 0.45 in 2010, 0.34 in 2011) … played alongside three different fellow central defenders from 2009-11 (Alicia Jenkins, Courtney Verloo and Kendall Romine) … member of the Mexican National Team (started in 2011 World Cup) … product of two dominant programs: Ursuline Academy (19 straight Texas state high school titles) and the Dallas Texans club (2008 national champions) … her brother Erik was a goalkeeper at Georgetown while her younger brother Kristian, is a sophomore defender at Davidson.
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Rycke Guiney A230RYCKE GUINEY (Marist ... M ... Jr. … Naperville, IL … #4)

Raised her level of play during challenging stretch of three games in five days, scoring three times while facing quality opposition … scored directly off inswinging conner kick at cs360 #43 Connecticut (cut deficit to 2-1, Huskies won 3-1) … two days later, helped Red Foxes (factories in the MAAC) win 2-0 at University of Pennsylvania before scoring twice in 4-2 win over Hofstra team expected to contend for CAA titles … that result represented Marist's first win vs. the Pride (1-6-1) … helped her team hold its own during midfield battle vs. Hofstra while scoring twice on strong shots from distance … opened the scoring early (20') after pouncing on loose ball, spinning away from a defender and drilling 18-yd shot to the top left corner … doubled her team's lead (2-0) early in the second half (59'), blasting a 30-yd free kick over the 'keeper … has totaled 41 points in her three-year Marist career (13G-15A; 48 GP/45 GS) … a first team all-MAAC performer in 2010 (8G-9A; 21 GS) and all-MAAC rookie team selection in 2010 (2G-5A; 20 GP/17 GS) … product of Naperville North High School and the Ela Elite club program (2006 national champions).  

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BRITTANY JAGGER (Loyola Marymount ... G ... Sr./Jr. … Allen, TX … #0)

Brittany Jagger A 230

Delivered six clutch saves as LMU earned 1-1 final vs. cs360 #2 UCLA, adding five saves in shutout win over Idaho State (2-0) … survived a frenetic game vs. the Bruins (27 total shots, 8 corner kicks), with the tying goal coming early in the second half on a well-placed cross (shot from point-blank range) … third-year starter (took redshirt season in 2009) who earned honorable mention all-WCC in 20120 … quick 'keeper with soft hands and penchant for big-game performances … product of two elite programs – Allen High School and the Dallas Texans club.
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Annie Kunz A230ANNIE KUNZ  (Texas A&M ... F ... So. … Golden, CO … #7)

Sparkplug off the bench who scored pair of skillful goals – one with each foot – in 3-0 win over cs360 #24 Long Beach State … also helped Aggies post 2-0 win over Central Michigan team that already had posted a couple upset results this season … the six-footer opened the scoring vs. Long Beach (31') after taking a rightside pass from Leigh Edwards and redirecting ball from six yards out … capped the scoring (86') after receiving another right side pass (from Shea Groom) and delfty one-touching the ball off the outside of her left foot, with the 12-yard shot carrying inside the far-left post … combines with classmate Kelley Monogue (who also scored vs Long Beach) to give A&M a dangerous scoring duo … has four goals this season in seven games played, after totaling 14G-7A (24 GP/5 GS) in 2011, when she earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team … a youth All-American and player of the year in Colorado, while starring for Wheatridge High School and the Colorado Nike Rush club program … member of the 2010 U.S. Under-17 National Team … also competed in varsity volleyball, cross country and track at Wheat Ridge … competed in the 200 and 800 meters with the Texas A&M track team during the 2012 spring semester … father Terry Kunz was member of the 1978 Oakland Raiders Super Bowl-winning team.

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* MICHELE MURPHY (BYU ... F … Fr. … Sandy, UT … #16)

Newcomer who has stepped in to make valuable contributions for Cougars, most recently during impressive wins over Texas (5-0) and cs360 #6 Penn State (3-1) … has compiled team-best nine points (4G-1A) through seven games this season … versatile attacking player who can be utilized up top or in the infield, with strong play tracking back on defense … with BYU holding a tenuous 2-1 lead vs. PSU early in the second half, she scored on a header (assisted by Carlee Payne Holmoe) at 57' for final 3-1 margin – thrilling the raucous home crowd of 5,000-plus … earlier in the week, she scored twice in a 4-minute span (66' & 70'; second goal assisted by Holmoe) to quickly extend 1-0 battle vs. Texas to a 3-0 cushion … returned the favor by assisting on a Holmoe goal three minutes later (73') … product of Alta High School and the Olympique Montreux club program.


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Laura Weinberg A230LAURA WEINBERG  (Duke ... F ... Jr. … Boca Raton, FL … #16)

Scored three times during pair of quality opponents – San Diego (4-1) and cs360 #9 Marquette (5-0) – as Blue Devils offense impressively was clicking on all cylinders, despite the absence of U.S. Under-20 National team competitors Kelly Cobb and Mollie Pathman (recent scoring star Kim DeCesare also was sidelined) … knocked in Kaitlyn Kerr's rebounded shot to break 1-1 rite vs. USD midway through first half (25') … scored games first two goals vs. Marquette – on a 17th-minute header tot he left corner (via Libby Jandl's long rightside service) and then on a stellar individual effort ('37) after receiving a pass from defender Erin Koballa, dribbling to the top of the box and ripping left footed shot into the upper-left corner of the net … has totaled 60 career points (25G-10A) in 57 career games at Duke (53 starts) … a second team all-ACC performer in 2011 (8G-4A; 27 GP/26 GS) for NCAA runner-up squad, after earning the same second-team honor from the ACC in 2010 (10G-2A; 23 GP/20 GS) … trained with the U.S. Under-23 National Team in spring of 2012 … earned youth All-America honors while starring for St. Andrews School and the Team Boca club program … her sister Alexandra plays soccer at Savannah College of Art and Design.



* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week

editor@collegesoccer360.com