Previous 2011 Primetime Performer Releases (D-I Women):
Memphis midfielder Mark Sherrod earns Nov. 1 D-I Men's Primetime Honor
D-2 Primetime Honors (Oct. 25) to Pace's Jillian Ferro & Lock Haven's Greg Shertzer
D-3 Primetime Honors (Oct. 26) to Elmhurst's Valerie Wesley & Luther's Steve O'Meara
Previous 2011 Primetime Performer Releases (D-I men): Sept. 13 ... Oct.5 ... Oct. 10 ... Oct. 18 ... Oct. 25
Full listing of D-1/2/3 men's & women's Primetime Honors for weeks of Oct. 3-9 and Oct. 10-16
Release: Nov. 9, 2011 Contact: Pete LaFleur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CS360 WEEK-12 PRIMETIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Illinois senior midfielder Marrissa Mykines
Illinois senior midfielder Marrissa Mikenese (Spokane, Wash.) – who played a lead role in the Illini's Big Ten championship run that included three games (all that extended into OT) in a five-day span – is the top honoree among the latest Primetime Performers of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com for games during the week of Oct. 31-Nov 6, 2011 (11 total honorees, listed below). Mykines (pictured, at right), the week-12 CS360 Primetime Player of the Week, helped #2-seeded Illinois advance past #7 seed and 2010 College Cup semifinalist Ohio State (1-1/4-2 PKs) in the quarterfinals before scoring in overtime to beat #3 Michigan State in the semifinals (1-0) and then assisting on an early momentum-grabbing goal during the 2-1, overtime final vs. top seed Penn State.
Mykinnes played all 110 minutes and converted her penalty (for 2-1 margin through two PK rounds) in the marathon battle against Ohio State. Two days later, early in overtime, the dynamic playmaker beat several Michigan State players off the dribble and scored on a shot across her body into the lower left corner – for a dramatic winning goal (92'). In the Sunday title game, Mykinnes similarly beat several Penn State players while pushing to the right endline and delivering a well-place pass to Julie Ewing for the early lead (6').
Player info. on all 11 week-12 Primetime Performer honorees is included below (as are action photos, with headshots located in right-sidebar). The 11 honorees include four forwards, two midfielder, a pair of defenders and three goalkeepers ... six seniors, three juniors and three freshmen. The 11 Primetime Performers hail from 11 different home states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Rhode Island, Texas, Tennessee and Washington.
... Selection for the Division I women's CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):
• Must have performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason qualification/participation.
• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, all-around performance, team spirit, 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 and/or against a traditional rival.
CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #12 (Division I women)
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com ... for games Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2011)
"It's not so much what your do, as it is when you do it."
ALEX BALCER (Long Beach State ... D ... Jr. ... Tucson, AZ ... #8)
..... Three-year starter & 2011 first team all-Big West performer who led #2 seed 49ers to repeat conference title, w/ shutouts of CS Northridge (2-0; 0-0 thru 54') & regular-season champ UC Irvine (1-0; 2nd time all season UCI shut out); combined w/ fellow center back Jordan Nelson plus outside backs Kelsey Wilson & Jenny Soza in holding both opponents to 4 shots-on-goal (UCI had only 2 CKs); assisted on goal vs. Irvine ('13), after receiving Wilson free-kick service w/ header at far-left post (led to Shawna Gordon header & Jazz Strozier goal to left-corner)
JENNIFER BANNON (Long Island ... G ... Jr. ... East Greenwich, RI ... #28)
..... Lived up to status as 2011 Northeast Conf. goalkeeper of the year, capped by two saves in PK shootout, as #2 seed LIU won NEC tourney at top seed St. Francis, PA (2-1/2OT semi vs. #3 Monmouth; 1-1/4-3 PKs vs. StF); shut out St. Francis thru first 68' & totaled 6 saves in the 110'; answered StF save in shootout w/ stop of Laura Stayrock (2-2), later saving Aryn Askin's shot to secure title; dealt w/ six corner kicks in Monmouth game (no goals allowed in final 69')
KYLA CROSS (Illinois State ... F ... So. ... Clinton Township, MI ... #10)
..... Key wing player during dominant offensive display, as top seed Illinois State rolled to Missouri Valley title with 6-0 win over #4 seed Evansville and 5-0 victory over host team Missouri State (#2); matched her regular-season goal total (4) by scoring twice in each game (her chip opened scoring in title game, 13'); earned 2011 second team all-MVC honors
LAUREN FRAZIER (Texas State ... G ... Sr. ... Round Rock, TX ... #0)
..... Delivered 8-save shutout in Southland title game, as #2 seed Bobcats edged top-seeded Stephen F. Austin team that went 9-0-0 in SLC play (1-0); her busy day in the final included dealing w/ SFA's nation-leading offense (3.4 goals/hm) that had 16 total shots and 13 corners (0-0 thru 48'); earlier made three clutch saves in semifinal PK shootout vs. Sam Houston State (1-1; 3-1; game was 0-0 thru 78'); received second team all-SLC recognition for 2011 season
KATY FRIERSON (Auburn ... M ... Sr. ... Homewood, AL ... #23)
..... First team all-SEC performer (also SEC scholar-athlete of the year) who came to play in SEC title game, scoring twice and adding key assist as #7 seed Tigers knocked off Florida (3-2) – becoming lowest seed and first SEC West team ever to win the title; scored early goal vs. Gators (12'; 14 yds) & added rebound goal for 2-0 lead (30'), later starting nice sequence to assist on Ana Cate's score (64') after Florida had rallied to tie; key playmaker and leader who earlier in week helped knock off #2 seed LSU & #3 Tennessee (both 2-0); has reached rare career milestone of 30G-30A (30G-42A; 8G-13A this season); owns 3.94 cumulative GPA, as political science major
MONICA LEE (Army ... G ... Sr. ... Crystal Beach, FL ... #00)
..... Second team all-Patriot League 'keeper who rose to challenge in huge wins, as #4 seed Black Knights won semifinal at top seed Colgate & then beat #3 seed/top rival Navy (both 2-0); posted 7 saves in each shutout, w/ Colgate game a tense 1-0 battle until closing seconds; dealt with 32 total shots and 11 corner kicks in pressure-packed weekend
TIFFANY McCARTY (Florida State ... F ... Sr./Jr. ... Laurel, MD ... #14)
..... Scored clutch goals in both games, as FSU (#6 seed) claimed ACC Tournament title for first time, following 2-1 semifinal vs. #2 seed Virginia & title-game showdown with #5 Wake Forest (1-1; 3-1 PKs); her late goal (85') pushed final into OT (finished thru-ball from Jessica Price); earlier scored on tying breakaway vs. UVa (54'), as Seminoles posted first win over Cavs in 21-game series history; first team all-ACC selection, after missing all of 2010 due to injury
*MARRISSA MYKINES (Illinois ... M ... Sr. ... Spokane, WA ... #24)
..... Dynamic offensive player who showcased both her playmaking and scoring touch, as #2 seed Illini won Big Ten title following three games that extended past 90' (1-1/4-2 PKs vs. #7 Ohio State; 1-0/OT vs. #3 Michigan State; 2-1/OT vs. #1 Penn State); played all 110' & converted her PK (for 2-1 margin) vs. OSU; beat several MSU players off the dribble and scored on shot across her body into left corner for dramatic winning goal (92'); similarly beat numerous players in final vs. PSU, working to right endline and delivering pass to Julie Ewing for early lead (6'); 2nd team all-Big Ten ('11)
STEPHANIE OCHS (San Diego ... F ... Sr. ... San Diego, CA ... #22)
..... Recently-named WCC player of the year who closed regular season by setting up all three goals (primary assists), as USD knocked off Santa Clara to earn share of West Coast Conference title (8G-11A for season); had set-up crosses on Mariah Butera 1-timer goal (21'), Megan O''Rourke's score (26') & Dani Russell's 1-timer (64') for surging USD team riding 7-game winning streak
LUCY PATER (Tennessee-Martin ... D ... Fr. ... Brentwood, TN ... #16)
..... High-achieving newcomer who made midseason switch from midfield to center back, following injury to starter Sam Dunn; helped #3 seed UTM win OVC Tournament and earn program's first NCAA big, after wins over #6 Eastern Illinois (2-1), #2 Eastern Kentucky team that had 1st-round bye (4-0) and #5 Morehead State (2-1; defending champs/preseason favorite); part of back line that did not allow a goal in the run-of-play (both goals off CKs) while yielding total of only 14 shots-on-goal and 10 CKs spanning the three games; her header off corner-kick sequence gave UTM early 2-0 lead vs. rested EKU team (12'); redirected Hannah McGowen free kick for 2-1 final in title game (76')
SHANNEN WACKER (Florida Gulf Coast F ... Fr. ... Parker, CO ... .#13)
..... Atlantic Sun all-freshman team selection who scored in both games, as top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast won A-Sun to earn program's first NCAA D-I appearance; opened the scoring in 2-1 semifinal vs. #5 seed North Florida, cashing in assist from Gina Petracco (50'); ended title game vs. #6 Mercer late in the 2nd OT (1-0; 107'), running into header from Petracco and deftly placing 1-timer into far-right side of the net
* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week
All photos on this page courtesy of the respective schools.
(left side, from top): #8 Alex Balcer ...
#10 Kyla Cross ... #23 Katy Frierson ...
#14 Tiffany McCarty ... & #16 Lucy Pater
(right side, from top): #28 Jennifer Bannon ...
#0 Lauren Frazier ... #00 Monica Lee ...
#22 Stephanie Ochs ... & #13 Shannen Wacker