Release: Nov. 23, 2010 Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360..com)
ND's Augustine, FL Tech's Eliasdottor & William Smith's Nasypany Top Primetimers
The past week was full of "primetime" games and moments through collegiate women's soccer, with the Division I round-of-16 games being contested while Divisions II and III both played their round-of-16 and quarterfinal rounds. For the first time in the two-year history of its weekly awards, CollegeSoccer360.com is honoring Primetime Performers of the Week from each of the three NCAA divisions – with the top honors going to the respective Primtime Players of the Week from each Division: Notre Dame senior midfielder Rose Augustin (D-I), Florida Tech junior goalkeeper Mist Eliasdottir (D-II) and William Smith senior forward BreLynn Nasypany (D-III).
The above three players are joined by 16 others (11 D-I; three D-II; two D-II) in comprising the most recent CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week (see full list below), the 14th group of honorees for the 2010 season.
Rose Augustin (Notre Dame)
Augustin (Silver Lake, Ohio) – one of nine Division I players with double-digit goals and assists this season (11G-10A) – scored the first Notre Dame goal and had primary assists on the next two (both via set plays), as the Irish won 4-1 at North Carolina to knock out one of the four #1 seeds. It marked the first time that UNC has allowed more than three goals in a game, during the 29 seasons of NCAA-sanctioned play in Division I women's soccer. Augustin gave the Irish an early lead at Fetzer Field when she sent home a rebound (13') and later helped break a 1-1 tie with the leftside corner-kick service/primary assist on center back Jessica Schuveiller's toe-poke goal (33'). Early in the second half, Augustine sent a deep free-kick into the box and Melissa Henderson headed the service into the net for a 3-1 lead (49'). A first team all-BIG EAST Conference selection in 2010, Augustine has totaled 81 career points (29G-23A) in 103 games with the Irish (73 starts).
Mist Eliasdottir (Florida Tech)
Eliasdottir (Keflavik, Iceland) played a lead role in unseeded Florida Tech moving on to the semifinals of the Division II championship, with a pair of penalty-kick advancements away from home: 1-1 at #17 Tampa (3-2 PKs) in the round-of-16 and 1-1 vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (5-4 PKs; also at Tampa) in the quarterfinals. The Icelandic 'keeper stopped 7-of-8 shots she faced in the Tampa game (also dealing with 17 total shots and six corner kicks) before adding a pair of stops in the shootout, as Florida Tech overcame a 2-1 PK deficit. Two days later, Eliasdottir added four saves in regulation/OT, made a round-2 PK save and then took off the gloves to convert a pressure-packed PK try of her own in round-6 (4-4; Panthers went on to win the shootout in rd-7).
BreLynn Nasypany (William Smith)
Naspypany similarly has led her team to a relatively surprising appearance in the national semifinals, as #10 William Smith is one of four teams left standing in Division III – following a 2-1 win over #13 Oneanta State in the round-of-16 and a 1-0 battle vs. #9 Williams in the quarterfinals. Nasypany had the primary assist (header) on Chelsea England's goal (6'2') that ended up providing the final margin vs. Oneanta – and she scored the only goal (65') in the thriller vs. Williams (pass from Renee Jensen, scored to right side for 18th goal of season). That trillin victory sent the Herons on to San Antonio for a title quest and made Aliceann Wilber the winningest coach (423-120-49; .756; ) in Division III women's soccer history, spanning 31 seasons (all with William Smith).
Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):
• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home field.
The week-14 Primetime Performers of the Week include: seven forwards, five midfielders, five defenders and two goalkeepers ... nine seniors, eight juniors and two sophomores ... 14 who hail from one of four home states (four each from Ohio and California, three New York natives and three from Texas hometowns), plus one each from Florida, Iceland, Illinis, Oklahoma and Washington.
The 19 honorees follow below (note that the Division I games are for round-of-16, while the other players competed in NCAA rd-of-16 and quarterfinal games during the past week).
..... Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, helped hold Duke to four shots-on-goal (2-0 win)
ERIN MRUZ (Grand Valley State ... M ... Jr. ... Gurnee, IL ... #7 ... D-2)
* Eliasdottir is the Division II Primetime Player of the Week
* Nasypany is the Division III Primetime Player of the Week