Release: Aug. 21, 2012 Contact: Pete LaFleur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MINNESOTA'S TAYLOR UHL RECEIVES CS360 WEEK-1 PRIMETIME PLAYER AWARD
Nine others named to CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll to open 2012 season.
University of Minnesota sophomore forward Taylor Uhl (Eden Prairie, Minn.) – who scored early goals vs. CS360 #4 Florida State and (28) South Carolina, then provided a skillful flick assist on the OT game winner vs. the Gamecocks – headlines the first 2012 edition of the CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com (10 honorees, listed below). Uhl is the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week for Aug. 17-19 and is joined by nine others on the Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll to open the 2012 season.
... 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.
• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success 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, 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 honorees include one 5th-year senior, four others seniors, two juniors, a pair of sophomore and Penn State freshman forward Mallory Weber. Two of the Primetime Performers hail from California hometowns and two more are from Michigan, plus one each from Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ontario and Texas.
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.
CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #1 Division I Women
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com … weekend of Aug. 17-19, 2012)
"It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."
Gabriella Carbone (La Salle ... D ... So. … East Brunswick, NJ … #19)
Alyssa Diggs (Missouri ... F ... Jr. … Coppell, Texas … #14)
Jonelle Filigno (Rutgers ... F ... Sr./Jr. … Mississauga, Ontario … #8)
Kate Howarth (Miami ... F ... Sr. … Grand Blanc, MI … #1)
Mariah Nogueira (Stanford ... DM ... Sr. … Westminster, CA … #20)
Stephanie Norton (Cal Satte Northridge ... D ... Sr. … Simi Valley, CA ... #4)
Ellen Parker (Portland ... M ... Jr. … Paradise Valley, AZ ... #22)
Rachel Tejada (Illinois State ... F ... So. … Troy, ILL … #14)
*Taylor Uhl (Minnesota ... F ... Sr. … Eden Prairie, MN … #3)
Mallory Weber (Penn State ... F ... Fr. … Novi, MI … #16)
* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week
(La Salle ... D ... So. … East Brunswick, NJ … #19)
..... Versatile second-year player who filled lead role in 2-1, season-opening win at CS360 #19 West Virginia … spearheaded team's effort in holding back WVU offense from her central defender spot – as Explorers impressively overcame quick Mountaineer goal by holding the host team without a shot-on-goal for the final 88:42 of game time … La Salle ended up scoring twice in 5-minute span (60' & 65') en route to important early-season win, as Explorers look to build on their historic 2011 season … team finished with 7-1 edge in shots-on-goal … filled more of an attacking role as a freshman in 2010, when she appeared in all 20 games and ranked third on team in scoring (2G-5A) … product of East Brunswick High School and the FC Penn Strikers club program (named one of top-11 players at 2012 national championship, after leading Strikers to national title).
(Missouri ... F ... Jr. … Coppell, Texas … #14)
..... Scored three times while showcasing her all-around skills during team's big opening weekend that included 5-1 dismantling of CS360 #16 Memphis (2G) and 2-0 win over UC Santa Barbara (goal) … found the net twice in 44-second span to cap her team's scoring frenzy vs. Memphis (4G in 9') that transformed a 1-0 halftime lead into a 5-1 cushion (thru 59') … snapped in a header in that game (via cross from Abi Raymer) before converting less than a minute later, off a free-kick service from Danielle Nottingham … scored again later in the weekend for final margin vs. UCSB, after 1-timing a rightside cross from Haley Krentz ...totaled 20 points (6G-7A) in her first two seasons, while appearing in 40 games (34 starts) … earned first team all-Big 12 honors as a sophomore in 2011 (also Academic All-Big 12; 4G-4A in 21GP/18 GS) … appeared in all 19 games as a freshman (2G-3A; 16 GS) … collected third team All-America honors during prep career that included playing for Coppell HS and the elite Dallas Texans club program … earned prestigious Golden Boot Award (tournament top scorer) while competing with Texans at 2008 USYSA National Championship (U-16s) … her brother Chandler played soccer at Georgetown and was one of the Hoyas top scorers from 2007-10.
(Rutgers ... F ... Sr./Jr. … Mississauga, Ontario … #8)
..... Returned from 2012 Olympic competition – as starting forward with Canada's bronze-medal squad – to make immediate impact with the Scarlet Knights (CS360 #40), scoring three of her team's four goals during wins over Northeast Conference contender Monmouth (3-0) and CS360 #30 Ohio State (1-0, OT) … opened scoring vs. Monmouth (51') after being taken down in the penalty area and converting the ensuing penalty kick … added key insurance goal in that game (84'), flicking in a low cross from Maria Gerew … scored dramatic goal to end OSU game, exactly one minute into the second OT – after dribbling across the 6-yard box and flicking shot into lower-left corner of the net … could have won game in final minute of regulation but was taken down by 'keeper Jillian McVicker (outside the 18) on breakaway (McVicker was red-carded/ejected from game and OSU then had to continue with only 10) … her 13 career goals at Rutgers include seven gamewinners (7th in Rutgers history) … has appeared in nearly 50 games with Canadian National Team … her 31 career points at Rutgers (13G-5A; 21 GS) include 6G-1A in 2011, after 4-4 in 2010 (missed all of 2009 due to preseason knee injury) … also missed final 11 games in 2011 due t ankle injury … two-time Olympian who attended St. Marcellinus Secondary and competed for Mississauga Dixie saints club team.
KATE HOWARTH (Miami ... F ... Sr. … Grand Blanc, MI … #1)
..... Veteran frontrunner whose relentless pressure led Miami (CS360 #32) to stunning 4-1 season-opening win at CS360 #14 Florida (second win ever for the Hurricanes over the Gators) … rolled shot under 'keeper Taylor Burke for early 2-0 lead in that game (17') … part of Miami offensive attack that outshot Florida 12-9 overall and 9-5 in shots-on-goal (also 4-1 corner-kick margin) … continued to play her high-pressure game two days later at South Florida, but Bulls emerged with 1-0 win despite attempting only one shot on-goal ('Canes had 12-9 shot edge, 6-1 SOG, 8-6 corners) … honored by College Soccer 360 as national Primetime Player of the Week during mid-October of the 2011 season (click here for that CS360 honors page) … has totaled 43 career points (19G-5A) at Miami (46 GP/35 GS) … collected second team all-ACC and NSCAA third team all-region honors as junior in 2011 (11G-5A) … helped deliver program's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory in 2011, with 1G-1A in OT win over Alabama … played in only 10 games due to injury in 2010 (4G; 9 GS) … post hat trick vs. Ball State as a freshman (17 GP/7 GS) … collected seven varsity letters (in soccer and power-lifting) at Powers Catholic HS ('07 & '09 soccer state finalists).
(Stanford ... DM ... Sr. … Westminster, CA … #20)
..... Consumate defensive midfielder who rose to the challenge while leading the defending NCAA champs in season opener vs. longtime Bay-area rival Santa Clara (trailed 1-0 at halftime, won 6-1; first-ever live event on the Pac-12 Network) … team's only returning starting in the midfield and one of only four starters vs. SCU who also started the 2011 NCAA title game (due to graduation, U-20 World Championship and injuries) … team captain and 4-year starter who directed Stanford's defensive dominance and possession control vs. Broncos from her holding midfielder spot, limiting SCU to one solid scoring chance (the opening goal, at 13') en route to 20-5 edge in total shots, 9-1 shots-on-goal and 7-0 corner kicks … delivered on one of those set plays while showcasing her devastating play in the air, elevating above her constant double-team to snap home a header (off Courtney Verloo's corner-kick service) two minutes into the second half … that goal extended her career-long trend of scoring timely goals in big-game situations, as that tying score broke the ice ignited Stanford's 6-goal explosion over a 23-minute span … member of senior class that has gone 74-2-3 (.956) over the past four seasons (2011 NCAA champs, runner-up in '09 and '10) … has totaled 15G-14A in her defensive-centered career (76 GP/72 GS) … NSCAA third team All-American and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in 2009 (5G-5A, 26 GP/22 GS) … repeated as NSCAA all-region pick in 2010, also second team all Pac-10 (5G-4A, 26 GS) … all four of her 2011 goals were header gamewinners ('88 to beat Notre Dame in 2010 NCAA final rematch) … trained with U.S. Under-23 National Team in 2010 … All-America performer while competing for Marina HS and Slammers FC.
(Cal State Northridge ... D … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Simi Valley, CA ... #4)
..... Experienced outside back who helped lead Matadors to strong opening weekend that included 1-0 win over Arizona State (program's first win since 1999 over a Pac-12 team) before shocking 3-0 domination of CS360 #30 San Diego, assisting on pair of goals in that upset win … part of stingy back line that limited ASU to five shots on goal … crossed ball from her right-back position to assist on Amanda Smith's chip that opened scoring early vs. USD (18') … added corner-kick assist 16 minutes later, setting up Wendy Warner's goal for 2-0 lead … key member of defense that shut down San Diego attack, allowing only six total shots (four on frame) … took redshirt season in 2008, hen appeared in eight games during both the 2009 and '10 seasons ('09 cut short by injuries) … collected par of assists while appearing in all 18 games and staring 15 in 2011 … product of Yoral High School.
(Portland ... M ... Jr.
Paradise Valley, AZ ... #22)
..... Redirected Amanda Frisbee's free-kick for early goal (5') that held up as game winner vs. CS360 #6 North Carolina (1-0) – Portland's first win ever. vs. UNC (1-7-1) … played pivotal role throughout the game in midfield battle, as Pilots limited Tar Heels to five shots on goal … kept one of those attempts out of the goal by clearing a North Carolina shot off the line in the 10th minute … nearly scored second goal ('72), but Adelaide Gay made leaping, one-handed save … member of U.S. under-18 and u-20 national team player pools … has 6G-4A in 34 career games played (29 starts) … product of University of Lincoln High School and the elite Sereno Eagles club program (7-time state champs) … father Mike Parker played baseball at Evansville.
RACHEL TEJADA (Illinois State ... F ... So. … Troy, ILL … #14)
..... Prolific goalscorer who ranked third in nation with 21 goals in 2011 season … resumed that assault during opening week of 2012 season, scoring all three of her team's goals during 2-1 win at Southeast Missouri (expected to challenge defending champ Tennessee Martin in the Ohio Valley Conference) and 1-1 battle with in-state rival Illinois (CS360 #18) … sent home right side pass from Kyla Cross to break 1-1 tie in challenging game at Southeast Missouri (63') … earlier sped past Redhawk defense and beat charging 'keeper Ashton Aubuchon for header goal (23'; via Kristin Cooley's free kick) … opened scoring vs. Illini (22'), after being taken down in penalty area and converting penalty kick … already ranks third in Illinois State history with 24 career goals and 57 points (9 assists) … named 2011 Missouri Valley Conference player of the year and a Freshman all-American, after scoring her 21 goals in 19 games played … product of Triad High School and St. Louis Scott Gallagher club team … brother Jared plays soccer at SIU Edwardsville (father Robert Tejada was soccer player at Illinois-Springfield).
*TAYLOR UHL (Minnesota ... F ... So. … Eden Prairie, MN … #3)
..... Sparked Gophers offense during opening week, having direct role in three goals vs. quality opposition (3-2 loss vs. CS360 #4 Florida State and 2-1 OT win vs. #28 South Carolina) … helped open era of new head coach Stefanie Golan with quick 2-0 lead on FSU (thru 10'), but Seminoles came back to take the win … capitalized on FSU turnover in sixth minute, beating her defender before scoring from 10 yards out past the advancing 'keeper Kelsey Wys … scored an even earlier goal two days later vs. South Carolina (1:27), after running onto thru-ball from Katie Thyken and shielding off defender on her back for tap-in score … provided skillful primary assist on freshman Haley Helverson's goal that beat SC late in the first OT (97') … senior Allie Phillips had worked down right sideline and served low ball, with Uhl then deftly flicking ball from right post across goalmouth and Helverson scoring at left post … her 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year season included 15G-4A in 21 games started … earned All-America honors while starring for nation's top-ranked high school team (Eden Prairie), also playing for EPSC United club program.
MALLORY WEBER (Penn State ... F ... Fr. … Novi, MI … #16)
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..... Speedy newcomer who made huge week-1 impact for Penn State offense that was missing pair of top forwards (Maya Hayes and Taylor Schram) who currently are competing at the Under-20 World Championship … proved to be a dominant threat from the onset and throughout season-opening top-10 battle, as CS360 #9 Penn State posted impressive 3-1 win at co-#6 Virginia … her pair of second-half goals provided the winning margin in that big game-1 win … her game-long pressure answered UVa's tying goal, scoring 22 seconds later after running onto precise thru-ball from veteran midfield leader Christine Nairn and scoring from 18 yards, low inside the near-left post … cashed in another breakaway (via Erin Kehoe's thru-ball) to clinch the win at 87:59 … also helped post dominating 5-0 home win over St. John's … product of Northville HS and the Michigan Hawks club team.
* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week