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Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

Penn State junior midfielder Ali Schaefer (Las Vegas, Nev.) 
has been named the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com for the first week of November. Schaefer is joined by 16 other players in comprising the most recent CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week (see full list below), the 12th group of honorees for the 2010 season.

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Penn State junior midfielder Ali Schafer's hustling goal (pictured) in the closing seconds of overtime (109:43) gave Penn State a dramatic 1-0 win over Michigan – delivering a share of the Big Ten title and helping PSU overcome a slow start to its season to earn an at-large spot in the NCAAs. It was Schaefer's first goal of the season and second of her career.


CLICK HERE and then play video to view the goal sequence.



Penn State entered its game Sunday (Nov. 7) vs. Michigan knowing that a win would deliver a share of the Big Ten title and also would strengthen its position on the NCAA tournament "bubble" (Ohio State already had clinched the Big Ten's automatic NCAA bid, thanks to its head-to-head win over Penn State). The Nittany Lions went on to rack up 40-plus shots but were 17 seconds away from a scoreless draw – before a frenetic sequence produced the winning goal.


After a deep service from Carly Ninees, PSU forward Tani Costa latched onto the loose ball outside the top of the box and played a pass into the penalty area. The ball deflected off a Michigan player – but PSU's Taylor Schram alertly poked with her right foot for a high touch-volley that deftly lifted the ball over a defender and towards the top of six-yard box. Schaefer suddenly angled in from the left, narrowly beat onrushing 'keeper Hayley Hopemeyer to the ball and sent a sliding shot between Hopemeyer's half-raised hands and past her left ear for the dramatic winning goal with 17 seconds left in the second/final overtime (109:43).

It was a timely first goal of the season for Schaefer, who had scored only one other time in her three-year Penn State career.

Penn State earned an at-large spot in the 2010 NCAAs (missing the national postseason would have been a major underachievement for this proud program), recovering from a rocky 2-6-1 start to the season while facing a challenging non-conference schedule (vs. the likes of West Virginia, Virginia, UConn, Washington and Portland). PSU went on to post an 8-2-0 record in Big Ten play – but the win over Michigan may have played a key factor in solidifing the NCAA at-large spot, as www.nc-soccer.com has Penn State listed #49 in its "unadjusted RPI" (the fact that PSU was Big Ten co-champs, rather than runner-up, also could have provided a final boost – as did the fact that Michigan ended up the NCAA field).

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 week-12 Primetime Performers of the Week include: six forwards, three mifielders, five defenders and three goalkeepers ... seven seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen ... four players who are California natives, two who claim hometowns in New Jersey and one each from the home states/foreign countries of Colorado, Illinois, Jamaica, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Nevada, Norway, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.

CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week #12

(D-I w-soccer; week of Nov. 1-7, 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)
...... Outside back and deep-throw-in specialist who helped upstart Sooners blank top seed Texas A&M (1-0; OT) before taking #2 seed OK-St. to wire in Big 12 final (1-1; 4-5 PKs).
Caitlin Cahalan  (Siena ... F ... So. ... Cohoes, NY ... #9)
...... Her flick pass set up OT goal that beat #1 seed Canisius in MAAC title game (1-0) ... also had two primary assists for 2-1 lead vs. #2 Marist in 4-2 semifinal
Lauren Cingoranelli  (Creighton ...F ... Fr. ... Aurora, CO ... #25)
...... Rose to occasion in Missouri Valley tournament with 1G-2A in semifinal vs. Evansville and assist on opening goal vs. #2 seed Missouri St. in 2-1 final (passed up 1-v-1)
Jerica DeWolfe  (Dayton ... F ... Sr. ... Bethesda, MD ... #20)
...... Scored on chip shot for 2-1 lead (30') and had CK assist on 3-2 goal ('69) in 4-3, double-OT battle vs. top seed/co-champs Charlotte during Atlantic-10 title game
Anka Grotle  (Texas San Antonio ... D ... Fr. ... Flora, Norway ... #18)
...... Talented center back who led defense that allowed only one goal and 11 total shots-on-goal spanning 204 minutes of play vs. #2 seed Stephen F. Austin (1-1/5-4 PKs) and top seed Southeastern Louisiana (1-0/OT) during Southland Conf. tournament semifinal & final 
Jillie Johnston  (High Point ... M ... Sr. ... Naperville, IL .. #11)
...... Ended Big South final in dramatic fashion with highlight-reel bicycle-kick goal ('95) vs. Gardner Webb (all 3 of her goals spanning 2008-10 seasons have come in key OT games)
Lindsi Lisonbee  (BYU ... D ... So. ... Park City, UT ... #18)
...... All-tournament defender who helped limit #3 seed San Diego State (2-0) and top seed New Mexico to four shots-on-goal each during Mountain West tournament
Lauren Mains  (Lehigh ... G ... Sr. ... Scotch Plains, NJ ... #00)
...... Stopped all 13 shots she faced in tense 1-0 wins vs. #2 seed Bucknell and #1 Army (host), as Mountain Hawks won Patriot League tournament and earned NCAA bid
Jordan Marada  (St. Mary's ... M ... Fr. ... Mission Viejo, CA ... #10)
...... Tying goal 17 yds/far-left post (66'; 1-1), ending Portland's 27-game WCC win streak
Callie Payetta  (Pepperdine ... F ... So. ... Huntington Beach, CA ... #11)
...... 2G-1A in 3-2 win over top-20 team Santa Clara (had only 1G previously this season)
Christen Press  (Stanford ... F ... Sr. ... Palos Verdes Estates, CA ... #23)
...... Had 2G (3'; 71') in showdown vs. Ore. St. (2-0) for Pac-10 title (23G in '10; 68 career)
Bo Rael  (Long Beach State ... D ... Sr. ... Rancho Cucamonga, CA ... #18)
...... Anchored defense that handed Big West top seed UC Irvine its first shutout of  season while also heading in corner kick (53') for 1-0 win at UCI in the Big West final
Venicia Reid  (South Florida ... F ... Jr. ... Kingston, Jamaica ... #22)
...... 2 tying goals vs. #1 seed Marquette in BIG EAST semi (3-2), helping earn NCAA bid
Kaitlyn Revel  (Fresno State ... G ... Sr. ... San Mateo, CA ... #1)
...... Led WAC tournament shutout wins vs. #3 seed Idaho (3-0), #2 Utah St. (1-0) and #1 San Jose St. (0-0; 3-1 in 4 PK rds), totaling 12 saves (36 total opp. shots) and playing huge role in PK shootout vs. SJSU (converted FSU's first PK; saved SJSU's final three)
*Ali Schaefer  (Penn State ... M ... Jr. ... Las Vegas, NV ... #11)
...... Scored 1st goal of season (2nd career) seconds before end of OT (109:43) to beat Michigan (1-0), earn share of Big Ten title and help secure NCAA at-large bid
Lizzy Simonin  (Memphis ... D ... Jr. ... Lee's Summit, MO ... #21)
...... Center back who lived up to her Conference USA defensive player-of-the-year award during 1-0 shutouts of #3 seed Houston and top seed/host UCF (free-kick assist on rebound goal; UCF held to 4 SOG), as Tigers claimed 4th straight C-USA tournament title
Caroline Williams  (Pennsylvania ... G ... Jr. ... Ambler, PA ... #00)
...... Saved all eight shots she faced in 0-0 showdown at Princeton for Ivy League title
* Schaefer is the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week for Nov. 1-7

Note: action-photo collage below includes player sorted by last name (left-to-right; top-to-bottom) ; all photos courtesy of the respective schools ... full info./bio. capsules for all 17 players may be added at a later date, time permitting.

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Lauren Cingoranelli A230

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Anka Grotle A230

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Lauren Mains A230









Jordan Marada A230

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Venicia Reid A230B


Kaitlyn Revel A230














Ali Schaefer A230

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Caroline Williams A230






 editor@collegesoccer360.com