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* FINAL RELEASE – Primetime #9 *

Note: This full release honoring the CS360 Primetime Performers for week-9 includes headshots/action shots and info. capsules on each of the 12 players).

Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

Oregon State junior central defender Brittany Galindo (Phoenix, Ariz.) – who anchored an impressive defensive effort in shutout wins over Pac-10 powerhouses USC (1-0) and UCLA (3-0) – has been named the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com (for the week of Oct. 11-17). Galindo is joined by 11 other players in comprising the week-9 CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll (see list below).

The selection of Galindo provides recognition to a position (defender) that typically goes overlooked during various weekly and yearly honors in collegiate soccer. During the past weekend's action, Galindo and her fellow backline members – junior outside backs Ashley Folsom (Medford, Ore.) and Ashley Seal (Willams, Ore.), along with sophomore central defender Milan Cabrera (Canyon Country, Calif.) – helped limit USC and UCLA to six total shots on goal, spanning 180 minutes of game action.

Brittany Gallindo A230
Oregon State junior defender Brittany Galindo (left) led the way for a Beavers squad that allowed only six total shots-on-goal spanning shutout wins over #21 USC (1-0) and #14 UCLA (3-0). ... photo courtesy of OSU

Galindo was one of the primary players who man-marked UCLA All-America scoring machine Sydney Leroux, who managed only two total shots (both of which came late in the game, with one being on frame). The Bruins were held under double-digits in total shots (9; with 2 on-goal) and pushed forward to force only four corner kicks in the game. Two days earlier, the Beavers shut down a USC team (10 total shots, 4 on-goal) that had scored five goals in its previous game vs. nationally-ranked California.


UCLA headed to the state of Oregon last week ranked 14th in the CS360 Composite National Rankings (CNR), while USC was #21 (Oregon State was 36th and sure to make a big jump in this week's CNR update).

Galindo – noted for her strong leadership and fearless, aggressive play on the back line – logged all 180 minutes vs. USC and UCLA. She has played all but eight of Oregon State's 1,190 minutes this season (99.3%).

Seal's efforts during the weekend included the cross/primary assist on Chelsea Buckland's goal vs. USC (83'), while Cabrera had the primary assist on Jenna Richardson's goal that capped the upset of UCLA.


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

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent and situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.
• Must have been playing in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or a conference favorite/leader), or performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason qualification.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or Involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, team leadership, 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.


The other 11 players on the week-9 Primetime Performer list include: Oklahoma senior D Lauren Alkek  (Victoria, TX) ... California sophomore forward Lauren Battung  (Simi Valley, CA) ... Niagara senior goalkeeper Ashleigh Bowers (Liverpool, NY) ... North Carolina so. defensive midfielder Amber Brooks (New Hope, PA) ... New Mexico so. G Kelli Cornell  (Huntington Beach, CA) ... West Virginia jr. F Blake Miller  (St. Louis, MO) ...  Akron jr. F Rachel Phillip  (Ashland, OH) ... Northern Arizona jr. F Jenna Samora  (Eatonville, WA) ... Ohio State jr. D Liz Sullivan  (Powell, OH) ... Colorado College jr. D Beth Wright  (Redmond, WA) ... and Hofstra sr. M Tiffany Yovino  (Holtsville, NY).


Cornell has joined seven other players – Stanford's Christen Press, Milwaukee's Sarah Hagan, Boston University's Jessica Lucinski, Wake Forest's Rachel Nuzzolese, Nebraska's Morgan Marlborough, Virginia's Megan Lenczyj and California's Alex Morgan – as repeat Primetime Performers this season.

The 12 week-9 selections include four forwards, two midfielders, four defender and two goalkeepers. They feature three seniors, seven juniors and two sophomores. The honorees include two players each from California, New York, Ohio and Washington, with the other four hailing from Arizona, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas.


CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #9

(D-I w-soccer; week of Oct. 11-17, 2010 ... presented by CollegeSoccer360.com)

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

Lauren Alkek  (Oklahoma ... D ... Sr. ... Victoria, TX ... #6)
Lauren Battung  (California ... F ... So. ... Simi Valley, CA ... #16)
Ashleigh Bowers  (Niagara ... G ... Sr. ... Liverpool, NY ... #30)
Amber Brooks  (North Carolina ... DM ... So. ... New Hope, PA ... #22)
Kelli Cornell  (New Mexico ... G ... Jr./So. ... Huntington Beach, CA ... #1) 
*Brittany Galindo  (Oregon State ... D ... Jr. ... Phoenix, AZ ... #22)
Blake Miller  (West Virginia ... F ... Jr. ... St. Louis, MO ... #3) 
Rachel Phillip  (Akron ... F ... Jr. ... Ashland, OH ... #12)
Jenna Samora  (Northern Arizona ... F ... Jr. ... Eatonville, WA ... #9)
Liz Sullivan  (Ohio State ... D ... Jr. ... Powell, OH ... #7) 
Beth Wright  (Colorado College ... D ... Jr. ... Redmond, WA ... #23)
Tiffany Yovino  (Hofstra ... M ... Sr. ... Holtsville, NY ... #18)
* – Galindo is the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week for Division I women's soccer

Lauren Alkek A230

Lauren Alkek
(Oklahoma ... D ... Sr. ... Victoria, TX)

Veteran back-line presence who helped Sooners move into 3rd-place in the Big 12 Conference, following pair of solid home results vs. #41 Nebraska (0-0) and Colorado (2-1; OT) – placing the Sooners into the NCAA Tournament conversation ... part of an OU squad that allowed only a total of 7 shots on goal during the pair of games (spanning 201 minutes of action) ... helped limit potent Nebraska offense (which scored 5G in a game the previous week, at Texas Tech) to 6 shots on goal ... member of backline that kept Huskers elite goalscorer Morgan Marlborough (3 SOG) off the scoresheet ... joined her teammates in bouncing back from early CU goal (3'), limiting Buffs to no other shots-on goal in the rest of the game (CU also had only 2 corner kicks and 7 total shots) ... has played in all but one of OU's 16 games this season (1A) ... converted forward who started 18 games as a junior in 2009 (also started 18-of-19 in '08) ... slowed by knee injury as freshman forward in '07 ... twice a first-team selection on the Academic All-Big 12 team ... named to 2007 U.S. U-23 National Select Team ... product of Eclipse Black club program and Memorial H.S. (also lettered in gymnastics and track) ... second Oklahoma player to be named a CS360 Primetime Performer during the past two seasons (also Whitney Palmer, mid-2009).

Lauren Battung A230

Lauren Battung
(California ... F ... So. ...
Simi Valley, CA)

Spunky second-year forward who played lead role in thrilling win over #29 Washington (3-2), as Bears avoided 0-3 start in the Pac-10 ... ended a scoreless battle in 48th minute of that game, collecting Rachel Mercik's saved shot and placing the ball into the left corner of the net ... the Huskies overcame a 2-0 deficit, dramatically tying the game with 42 seconds left in regulation ... added her own final-minute heroics by alertly chipping free kick into net for winning score at 89:56 ... talented all-around player, strong with both feet ... has totaled 6G-4A this season (1A in '09, 13 GP/2 GS) ... product of Chaminade H.S. and Camarillo Eagles club team ... helped Cal South ODP team finish as 2007 national runner-up ... invited to U.S. U-15 National Team camp ... plays guitar, piano and drums ... an environmental economics/policy major ... joins Alex Morgan (2) in giving Cal three CS360 Primetime Performer selections this season (7 total; spanning 2009-10).

Ashleigh Bowers A230

Ashleigh Bowers
(Niagara ... G ... Sr. ...
Liverpool, NY)


Experienced 5--foot-8 netminder who totaled 10 saves in 1-0 shutouts vs. top teams in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: Marist and #39 Siena ... dealt with 20 total shots and 11 corner kicks during the pair of key victories, as the Purple Eagles eye a return trip to the NCAAs ... currently ranks 11th in the nation with a 0.88 season save pct. (also owns a 0.67 goals-against avg. and six solo shutouts) ... appeared in 18 games as a junior in 2009, earning a spot on the MAAC All-Tournament Team ... also played in every game as a freshman ('07; 12 starts) ... an  education major and two-time member of MAAC All-Academic team ... joins 2009 postseason honoree Chiara Greco as Niagara players who have earned CS360 Primetime Performer honors in past two seasons.

Amber Brooks A230

Amber Brooks  
(North Carolina ... DM ... So. ... New Hope, PA)
Defensive midfield enforcer whose strong play led UNC's impressive effort vs. #8 Florida State (1-0) and Miami (5-0) – as Tar Heels allowed only 2 shots on goal (7 total shots) and a pair of corner kicks spanning the two wins ... helped hold FSU in check (4 shots, 1 SOG, 2 CKs) during tense rivalry game that was scoreless until the 87th minute ... scored team's 2nd and 4th goals in win over Miami (3 shots, 1 SOG, no CKs) ... finished sequence that included a Courtney Jones corner kick and near-post flick from Kelly McFarlane (scored on far-post vollete; 30') ... pushed lead to 4-0  on a header, off cross from Rachel Wood (50') ... has started all 15 games this season for 13-1-1 squad (5G-1A) ... earned 2009 Freshman All-America honors, after appearing in all 27 games (15 starts; 3A, vs. UCLA, UCF and Wake) ... defensive starter for 2010 U.S. U-20 National Team (also played for U-16s and U-17s) ... earned All-America honors while playing for the Pennington School (nation's #1-ranked team) and Arsenal World Class club team (U-18 national champs) ... rated as nation's top incoming recruit in 2008 ... state long-jump champ in 2007 ... her parents both played college soccer: mom Jean (with Ashland men's team, in late '70s) and father Allan (at LeMoyne) ... part of UNC program that has totaled 14 CS360 Primetime Performer honors over the past two seasons (including Wood, Kealia Ohai and Ali Hawkins earlier this season).  
  
Kelli Cornell A230

Kelli Cornell  
(New Mexico ... G ... Jr./So. ... Huntington Beach, CA) 

Second-time Primetime honoree who led Lobos to key overtime win over #12 BYU (1-0), in showdown of top Mountain West Conference teams (after earlier 3-0 victory over Utah) ... finished the week having stopped all 13 shots she faced (28 total shot attempts) spanning 193 shutout minutes ... rose to the big-game occasion vs. BYU, making eight saves (including a pair in the waning moments of regulation) ...  has allowed only four goals in 14 games this season (10-1-3), with an impressive 0.28 goals-against avg. and .938 save pct. ... has totaled 22 career shutouts in two seasons of action with the Lobos ... did not see any game action in 2008 ... product of San Clemente High School and the So.Cal. Blues club team ('05 national champs) ... a business major. 


Brittany Gallindo A230B

(CS360 Primetime Player of the Week)  
(Oregon State ... D ... Jr. ... Phoenix, AZ)

Anchored impressive defensive effort in shutout wins over Pac-10 powerhouses #21 USC (1-0) and #14 UCLA (3-0) ... she and fellow backline members – junior outside backs Ashley Folsom (Medford, Ore.) and Ashley Seal (Willams, Ore.), along with sophomore central defender Milan Cabrera (Canyon Country, Calif.) – helped limit USC and UCLA to six total shots on goal, spanning 180 minutes of game action ... one of the primary players who man-marked UCLA All-America scoring machine Sydney Leroux, who managed only two total shots (both late in the game, with one being on frame) ... the Bruins were held under double-digits in total shots (9; with 2 on-goal) and pushed forward to force only four corner kicks in the game ... two days earlier, she helped shut down a USC team (10 total shots, 4 on-goal) that had scored five goals in its previous game vs. nationally-ranked California ... noted for her strong leadership and fearless, aggressive play on the back line ...  has played all but eight of Oregon State's 1,190 minutes this season (99.3%) ... Seal's efforts during the weekend included the cross/primary assist on Chelsea Buckland's goal vs. USC (83'), while Cabrera had the primary assist on Jenna Richardson's goal that capped the upset of UCLA ... started 18 games as a freshman in 2008 (1G; one of three on team to log over 1,600 minutes) ... one of two OSU players that started all 23 games in 2009 (1A; team-best 2,090 min.; team-record 0.90 goals-against avg.) ... product of Horizon H.S. and Sereno Soccer Club ... a sociology major ... part of Oregon State program that has produced six CS360 Primetime Performer honors over the past two seasons.


Blake Miller A230

Blake Miller  
(West Virginia ... F ... Jr. ...
St. Louis, MO) 

Extended her recent hot streak while leading WVU to pair of key wins – 4-3 comeback vs. Villanova (OT) and 3-0 vs. #30 Georgetown – to clinch a top-2 finish in the BIG EAST American Division ... her 7-point week included a rally-igniting goal and OT assist  vs. the Wildcats, followed by a 2-goal day against the Hoyas ... ignited comeback from 3-1 deficit vs. Villanova – scoring on a 16-yard shot inside the left post (54') ... helped end that game in 95th minute,  using slick moves to shake her defender before centering endline pass to Bri Rodriguez for winning goal ... headed home rightside cross from Frances Silva to open scoring vs. Georgetown (36'), adding late insurance goal ('88; chip after misclear) to cap the win and give her six goals over the past seven games ... top scorer (8G-3A; 16 G) for WVU team that has fashioned 7-game win streak after standing only 4-4-1 in late Sept. ... her 48 career points (21G-6A) include 10G-1A as a freshman in 2008 (23 GP/14 GS) and 3G-2A in '09 (23 GP/22 GS) ... her honorable mention all-BIG EAST season in '08 included goals vs. Virginia and in NCAAs vs. Princeton (had 1G-1A in '09 vs. Penn St. and also scored vs. Notre Dame) ... prep All-American while playing for Incarnate Word Academy (national top-20 team) and the St. Louis Soccer Club ('05 national champs, when she earned presigious Golden Boot Award) ... majoring in physical education/teacher education ... one of six different West Virginia players to earn CS360 Primetime Performer honors during the past two seasons (including Erica Henderson and Megan Mischler earlier in 2010).  
  
Rachel Phillip A230

Rachel Phillip  
(Akron ... F ... Jr. ...
Ashland, OH)


Scored both goals in 2-1 overtime road win over Mid-American Conference divisional favorite Miami (Ohio), helping revive season for Zips team that was picked for runner-up season but has struggled to a 2-5-1 conference record (after win over Miami) ... took free-kick service from Jordan Baranowski and beat 'keeper Kris Gasparovic to tie the Redwaks (57') ... scored her fourth goal of season early in OT (92'), cashing in assist from Kelly DeNiro ... leads team in scoring (4G-1A; 15 GP/10 GS) ... led team with 5G in 2009 (also 2A; 18 GP/15 GS), after posting 3G-1A as a freshman in '08 (18 GP/8 GS) ... attended Ashland H.S. ... twin sister Sarah plays soccer at Morehead State ... joins week-1 honoree Katie Wise as second Akron player to earn CS360 Primetime Performer recognition this season.


Samora A230

Jenna Samora  
(Northern Arizona ... F ... Jr. ... Eatonville, WA)

Scored once and assisted on two other goals, as NAU knocked off its top competitors in the Big Sky Conference: 3-2 vs. Sacramento State and 2-0 over Portland State ... assisted on pair of goals in span of 1:06 vs. Sac. St., turning a 1-1 game into a 2-goal cushion midway through the second half ... her cross set up Sam Monohan's shot off the right post for tying goal (70') ... a minute later, Samora's shot was knocked down by 'keeper Savannah Abercrombie but led directly to Carolyn Savage's rebound goal ... two days later, connected with Kristi Andreassen's free kick for diving left-post header and 2-0 late-game lead on Portland State (74') ... has 3G-2A this season, for Lumberjcks squad looking to make third straight trip to the NCAAs ... earned first team all-Big Sky honors in 2009 (8G-2A; 21 GP/14 GS) ... scored gamewinner vs. Idaho in '09 Big Sky title game (tournament MVP) ... Big Sky newcomer of the year in 2008 (7G-2A; 22 GP/10 GS) ... earned All-America honors while playing for Eatonville H.S. and MRFC Santos (nation's #7-ranked club team) ... a biology major ... plays the flute and guitar ... first NAU player to earn CS360 Primetime Performer honors during the past two seasons.   
 
Liz Sullivan A230

Liz Sullivan  
(Ohio State ... D ... Jr. ... Powell, OH) 

Key member of Buckeyes back line that shut down pair of Big Ten contenders, yielding a total of only five shots on goal during wins over #33 Wisconsin (1-0) and #17 Minnesota (2-1; OT) ... helped limit Badgers to three SOG (11 total shots) in shutout win ... assisted on late tying goal vs. Gophers (82'), providing long-ball service that led to Paige Maxwell's 6-yard scoring shot (2 SOG allowed) ... part of OSU defensive core that has allowed only three goals during current 7-game win streak ... has played in all 14 games this season (13 starts; 2G-4A) ... battled back from 2009 late-season knee injury (20 GP/3 GS) ... made 19 starts as a freshman in 2008 (20 GP; 1A) ... product of Olentangy Liberty HS, Worthington United and Ohio Premier ... part of Ohio State program that has produced six CS360 Primetime Performer honors during the past two seasons (including Laura Granberg earlier in 2010). 

Beth Wright A230

Beth Wright  
(Colorado College ... D ... Jr. ... Redmond, WA)

Made key plays at both ends of the field, as CC picked up pair of key wins – 1-0 vs. #22 Central Florida and 2-0 vs. Southern Mississippi – to jump from 10th to 6th in Conference USA standings (top-6 make conference tournament) ... team co-captain and central defender who played lead role in limiting both opponents to three shots-on-goal (CC also allowed only four corner kicks and 13 total shots during the week) ... helped Tigers shut out potent UCF squad (8 shots, 3 SOG, 4 CKs) ... opened the scoring vs. Southern Miss. (assisted by Madison Whitehead), on scramble sequence in 47th minute ... has appeared in all 16 games this season (1G-2A) ... started all 20 games while logging nearly every minute in 2009 (1G-4A) ... appeared in 19 games as a freshman in 2008 (18 GS; 2A) ... product of Eastlake H.S. (ranked #6 in nation) and the Washington Premier club program ... majoring in English ... one of four Colorado College players to earn CS360 Primetime Performer honors during the past two seasons (including goalkeeper Caitlin Hulyo, the week-5 Primetime Player of the Week).

Yovino A230

Tiffany Yovino  
(Hofstra ... M ... Sr. ... Holtsville, NY)

Leading member of Pride team that is riding team-record 14-game win streak ... totaled three goals during the past week, during 3-2 win at William & Mary and 3-1 road victory over Old Dominion ... scored early at W&M and added gamewinner in final minute for key win ... sent cross from Laura Greene into right side of net to open scoring vs. the Tribe (8') ... ended that game in impressive fashion, positioning her 5-foot frame to score on header at 89:15 (via rightside cross from Courtney Breen (roughly a minute after W&M had tied the game) ... extended her scoring streak to five games at ODU, as Hofstra overcame its first deficit (7') since Sept. 3 ... delivered tying goal midway through second half (60'), cashing in a pass from Brittany Butts with shot into right side ... her season totals now include 7G-2A (15 GS) ... earned all-Colonial Athletic Association honors in each of her first three seasons (2nd team in '07; 1st team in '08 and '09) ... has started all 78 games for Hofstra during the past four seasons ... her 40 career points (16G-8A) include 3G-1A in 2009, 5G-4A in '08 and 1G-1A as a freshman in '07 ... double major in history and early-childhood education ... attended Sachem East H.S. ... first Hofstra player to earn CS360 Primetime Performer honors in the award's two-year history.

Note: rankings above refer to CS360 Composite National rankings; class years indicate academic status (may have additional year of eligibility).

Current Stanford player Christen Press (6) and 2009 Cardinal standout Kelley O'Hara (5) have received the most CS360 Primetime Performer honors during the award's two-year history, followed by Milwaukee's Sarah Hagen (4) and 10 players who have earned Primetime honors three times spanning the 2009 and '10 seasons: Katie Schoepfer (Penn St.), Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Lauren Steuer (Ohio St.), Whitney Engen (UNC), Lisa Kevorkian (Cal, now at BU), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), McKenzie Barney (Florida), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia), Nebraksa's Marlborough and Cal's Morgan.

In addition to the earlier-mentioned Luscinski, Nuzzolese, Lenczyk and Cornell, there are 25 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), Halley Kremenski (Portland), Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame) and Kristen Mewis (Boston College).


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 21 total weeks of competition. Stanford players have combined for 18 Primetime Performer honors during those 18 weeks, followed by: 14 from North Carolina ... nine each from Boston College, UCLA and Virginia ... eight each from Santa Clara, Portland and Florida State ... seven each from Penn State, San Diego, Texas A&M and California ... six each from South Carolina, Florida, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Ohio State and West Virginia ... five each from Duke, Notre Dame, Maryland and USC ... four each from 12 teams (St. John's, Michigan State, BYU, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, UCF, Milwaukee, DePaul, Colorado, Auburn, Colorado College and Nebraska) ... and three each from 13 other teams (among them: Pittsburgh, Indiana, Rutgers, Missouri, Purdue, Memphis, William & Mary, Connecticut, LSU, Denver, Boston Univ., Long Beach State and Marquette).

 editor@collegesoccer360.com