Sept. 27, 2010
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CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of Week #6 (Sept. 20-26)
Midfielder Kristen Mewis is second BC player to be Primetime Player of the Week.
Boston College sophomore midfielder Kristen Mewis (Hansen, Mass.) – who played a central role in BC's historic win at top-ranked North Carolina (3-2) – has been named the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com for the final full week of September (20th-26th). Mewis is joined by 10 other players (listed below), in comprising the week-six CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week.
Boston College sophomore midfielder Kristen Mewis (left) scored the tying goal and assisted on the gamewinner, in BC 3-2 win at #1 North Carolina (resulting in several rarities during D-I women's soccer history).
The BC-UNC was scoreless at the intermission, but five goals followed in back-and-forth succession. Mewis forged a 1-1 game (60') when she connected with a right-flank service from the leftfooted Victoria DiMartino, sending a lunging header back inside the far-right post. The teams then traded goals again, before Mewis assisted on the eventual gamewinner (75') with a pass to DiMartino (whose shot from outside the left edge of the box snuck inside the near post.
Three days later – with BC looking to avoid a letdown – Mewis became the first player to score a 1st-half goal vs. N.C. State this season (24'), via a long thru-ball assist from DiMartino. Her 18 points this season (6G-6A) include an assist on the tying goal vs. Stanford (1-1); the game's lone goal at Boston Univ. (63'; 1-0); and an assist on the eventual gamewinner at Rutgers (3-1). Mewis also ranked among BC's leading scorers as a freshman in 2009 (5G-6A; 23 GS), earning a spot on the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman Team (she's also a former prep All-American who has played for various U.S. youth national teams).
Boston College players now have combined for CS360 Primetime Performer honors nine times over the past two seasons (trailing only Stanford's 16 weekly awards and UNC's 13). BC goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni earned Primetime Player of the Week honors earlier this season, while forward Brooke Knowlton was among the 2010 week-5 Primetime Performers of the Week.
• 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-6 Primetime Performer list include: UCLA senior defender Lauren Barnes (Upland, Calif.) ... Colorado fr. goalkeeper Annie Brunner (Arvada, Colo.) ... Denver sophomore 'keeper Lara Campbell (Anchorage, Alaska) ... Eastern Kentucky fr. forward Nicole Donnelly (Cincinnati, Ohio) ... UTEP jr. M Katie Dorman (El Paso, Texas) ... Notre Dame jr. F Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas) ... Marquette fr. F Maegan Kelly (Kansas City, Mo.) ... Nebaska so. F Morgan Marlborough (Lee's Summit, MO) ... Wake Forest fr. F Rachel Nuzzolese (Melville, N.Y.) ... and Stanford sr. F Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.).
Press now has received the most CS360 Primetime Performer weekly honors (6) in the two-year history of the award, ahead of her former Stanford teammate Kelly O'Hara (5) and current Milwaukee junior Sarah Hagen. Nuzzolese has joined Hagan and Boston University's Jessica Lucinski as repeat Primetime Performers this season, while Mewis, Henderson and Marlborough have received the honor in each of the past two seasons.
The 11 week-6 selections include six forwards, two midfielders, one defender and two goalkeepers. They feature two seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen. Two of the players are Missouri natives and two more are from California hometowns, with the other seven hailing from nine different home states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Texas.
CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week #6 (Sept. 20-26, 2010)
(Division I women's soccer; presented by CollegeSoccer360.com)
Lara Campbell (Denver ... G ... So. ... Anchorage, AK ... #1)
Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska ... F ... So. ... Lee's Summit, MO ... #15)
All photos courtesy of the respective schools.
CS360's PRIMETIME PERFORMERS
OF THE WEEK #6 (Sept. 20-26, 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 final full week of September (rankings below refer to CS360 Composite National Rankings; class years indicate academic status and some players may have an additional year of eligibility):
Inspiring story who first joined the UTEP program as a walk-on in 2008 as has developed into key leader and clutch offensive player ... set up first goal in 3-1 win over UAB before adding goal and assist in 2-1 upset of #35 Memphis (three-time defending Conference USA champions) ... chased down a long lead pass down the left flank early vs. Memphis (15') and surprised charging 'keeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters with a lunging, one-touch goal into vacated net (Memphis tied game at 41') ... combined with fellow El Paso native Gina Soto on decisive goal vs. Tigers (67'), gathering loose ball and threading pass that led the onrushing Soto into the box for shot oner a sliding Kuhar-Pitters ... two days earlier, she chased down an early pass (4'), tiptoed endline and deltly passed to Syke Schultze for one-timer into the upper-corner ... has helped UTEP (9-1-0) compile 8-game win streak (third-longest in program history, with 36-7 scoring margin in streak) ... her 23 points this season (8G-7A) are tied for top in CUSA and have her on the verge of being one of nation's first players with double-digit goals and assists ... has yet to miss a game during her UTEP career, with 32 career points (10G-12A) ... first UTEP player to earn CS360 Primetime Performer honors ('09-'10).
Kristen Mewis (left)
Christen Press (left)
In addition to Hagen, Luscinski, Nuzzolese, Mewis, Henderson and Marlborough, there are 24 others who have been two-time members of the CS360 Primetime Performer teams ('09-'10): Carlee Payne (BYU), Jordan Angeli (Santa Clara), Ashley Jones (Rutgers), Morie Kephart (Pitt), Natalie Vinti (San Diego), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Michelle Collins (Missouri), Alyssa Davilla (USC), Laurie Nosbusch (Wisconsin), Kayanne Gummersall (Duke), Laura Heyboer (Michigan St.), Jill Hutchinson (Wake Forest), Molly Williams (Villanova), Tiffany McCarty (Florida St.), Sylvia Forbes (Purdue), Kayla Grimsley and Blakeley Mattern (both South Carolina, Courtney Wetzel (Oregon St.), Marika Gray (Virginia Tech), Jillian Mastroianni (BC), Anessa Patton (Santa Clara), Jasmyne Spencer (Maryland), Alex Morgan (Cal.) and Halley Kremenski (Portland).
Four teams – North Carolina, Portland, Boston College and UCLA – each have totaled three CS360 Primetime Performer honors so far during the 2010 season, while 11 other teams have produced a Primetime Performer twice this season: DePaul, Virginia, Florida, Boston Univ., Minnesota, Milwaukee, Denver, Colorado, Notre Dame, Stanford and Wake Forest
The CS360 Primetime Performer awards made their debut at the start of the 2009 season and now have spanned 18 total weeks of competition. Stanford players have combined for 16 Primetime Performer honors during those 18 weeks, followed by: 13 from North Carolina ... nine each from Boston College and UCLA ... eight each from Santa Clara, Virginia and Portland ... seven each from Florida State and Penn State ... six each from San Diego, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Florida and Wake Forest ... five each from Virginia Tech, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Duke, Ohio State, California and Notre Dame ... four each from 12 teams (St. John's, Michigan State, Maryland, BYU, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, USC, UCF, West Virginia, Milwaukee, DePaul and Colorado) ... and three each from 12 other teams (among them: Pittsburgh, Indiana, Rutgers, Missouri, Purdue, Memphis, William & Mary, Connecticut, Auburn, LSU, Colorado College and Denver).