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CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of Week #3 (Aug. 30-Sept. 5)
UConn forward Jessica Shufelt tabbed as Primetime Player of the Week.
UConn junior forward Jessica Shufelt (left) scored in regulation and in overtime vs. #50 Illinois (2-1), then duplicated that 2-goal feat (including the GWG) in the Huskies' big 3-2 victory over #15 Penn State.
Shufelt's big weekend began early in the second half versus Illinois, after taking a touch pass from Melissa Busque and blasting a 20-yard shot near the upper-right corner of the box (the ball clipped the crossbar and fell behind 'keeper Alexandra Kapicka for a 1-0 lead). That duo later set up the gamewiner, with seven minutes left in the second and final overtime. Busque battled down the left sideline and slid a pass over to Elise Fugowski, who then sent a thru-ball that connected with the onrushing Shufelt. The ensuing shot went under the diving Kapicka and into the right corner of the net, for the 2-1 win.
Two days later, Shufelt led UConn's rally from a 1-0 deficit in the opening minutes of the game. Early in the second half, with the game tied, Shufelt gathered a loose ball and pulled away from her defender before lifting an 18-yard shot into the left side of the goal (57'). Penn State scored again to force another overtime game, but this time the game ended quickly in the extra time (93'). Fugowski again provided the primary assisting pass, with Shufelt then uncorking a leftfooted shot from the top-right corner of the box. The curling shot found the top-right corner of the net, sailing beyond 'keeper Krissi Tribbett's lunge to cap a wild weekend at Morrone Stadium. Shufelt's goal total this season (5) is more than she scored during the past two seasons combined (4).
• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home field.
• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent and situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.
The other 10 players on the week-3 Primetime Performer list include: Auburn jr. midfielder Katy Frierson (Homewood, AL) ... Oklahoma State jr. M Krista Lopez (Carrollton, TX) ... BYU jr. forward Jennie Marshall (Modesto, CA) ... Yale fr. defender Shannon McSweeney (Stow, MA) ... Wake Forest fr. F Rachel Nuzzolese (Melville, NY) ... DePaul sr. F Lauren Pangone (Arizona State jr. D Kari Shane (Lake Forest, IL) ... Minnesota jr. D Tamara Strahota (Burnsville, MN) ... Cal State Fullerton jr. M Casey Volk (Davis, CA) ... and Notre Dame sr. goalkeeper Nikki Weiss (Redding, CT).
The 11 selections include four forwards, three midfielders, three defenders and the goalkeeper Weiss. They feature two seniors, seven juniors and two freshmen. Three of the players – Marshall, Shane and Volk – are California natives, with the other eight hailing from seven different home states: two from New York, plus one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Texas.
Primetime Performers of the Week #3 (Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2010)
(Division I women's soccer; presented by CollegeSoccer360.com)
Katy Frierson (Auburn ... M ... Jr. ... Homewood, AL ... #23)
Krista Lopez (Oklahoma State ... M ... Jr. ... Carrollton, TX ... #2)
Jennie Marshall (BYU ... F ... Jr. ... Modesto, CA ... #9)
Shannon McSweeney (Yale ... D ... Fr. ... Stow, MA ... #22)
Rachel Nuzzolese (Wake Forest ... F ... Fr. ... Melville, NY ... #4)
Lauren Pagone (DePaul ... F ... Sr. ... Park Ridge, IL ... #5)
Kari Shane (Arizona State ... D ... Jr. ... Lake Forest, CA ... #19)
* Jessica Shufelt (Connecticut ... F ... Jr. ... Rochester, NY ... #11)
Tamara Strahota (Minnesota ... D ... Jr. ... Burnsville, MN ... #18)
Casey Volk (Cal State Fullerton ... M ... Jr. ... Davis, CA ... #25)
Nikki Weiss (Notre Dame ... G ... Sr. ... Redding, CT ... #1)
* Shufelt is the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week
All photos courtesy of the respective schools.
CS360's PRIMETIME PERFORMERS
OF THE WEEK #3 (Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2010)
"It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."
CollegeSoccer360 is pleased to honor these players who came through for their teams, delivering in the clutch during the third week of the 2010 season (rankings below refer to CS360 Composite National rankings; class years indicate academic status and some players may have an additional year of eligibility):
(Minnesota ... Jr. ... D ... Burnsville, MN)
The CS360 Primetime Performer awards made their debut at the start of the 2009 season and now have spanned 15 total weeks of competition. Stanford players have combined for 15 Primetime Performer honors during those 15 weeks, followed by: 11 from North Carolina; eight each from UCLA and Santa Clara; seven each from Florida State, Penn State, Virginia and Boston College; six each from San Diego, Portland and Texas A&M; five each from Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Duke, Florida, Ohio State and Wake Forest; four each from eight teams (St. John's, California, Michigan State, Maryland, BYU, Arizona State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State); and three each from nine other teams (UCF, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Rutgers, USC, Missouri, West Virginia, Purdue and Milwaukee).