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Release: Dec. 16, 2011 Contact: Pete LaFleur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UNC'S BEN SPEAS RECEIVES CS360 FINAL-WEEK PRIMETIME PLAYER AWARD
Stanford senior Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.) – whose strong two-way contributions from her right back position played a lead role in the Cardinal's run to the title – headlines the final edition of the CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com (five honorees, listed below). Levin, pictured at right, is the final CS360 Primetime Player of the Week and is joined by four others on the Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll for the 2011 College Cup championship weekend, held at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. (player info. and photos below; headshots in right-sidebar).
... Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):
• Performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason achievements.
• 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.
Note – UNC and Charlote photos on this page by CollegeSoccer360's Pete LaFleur (Hoffman photo courtesy of UCLA)
CS360 Primetime Performers Final Weekly Honor Roll Division I Men
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com ... for championship weekend games, on Dec. 9 & 11, 2011)
"It's not so much what your do, as it is when you do it."
ISAAC COWLES (Charlotte ... D ... Sr. ... Arvada, CO ... #3)
..... Defensive leader from his center-back position, alongside fellow 4th-year starter Charles Rodriguez (former center back, converted in 2011 to left side) ... lynchpin to Charlotte defense that allowed only one goal, six shots-on-goal and six corner kicks in College Cup's final weekend, while facing #2 seed Creighton (0-0; 4-1 PKs) and top-seeded North Carolina (1-0 loss) ... calmly converted the final penalty kick vs. the Jays ... helped key 49ers' surge vs. Creighton, which managed only one shot-on-goal spanning second half and OT (70') ... he and the Charlotte defense took things to another level vs. the potent UNC offense, allowing the lone shot-on-goal (a great individual-effort goal by Ben Speas, 65'), only 10 total shots and just a pair of CKs ... part of Charlotte defense that impressively did not allow a goal during 192-minute span vs. the top three seeds (UConn, Creighton and UNC) ... started 76 of the 77 games he played during his Charlotte career (23 starts in 2011) ... product of Faith Christian High School and the Real Colorado club team (2007 national runner-up).
CHANDLER HOFFMAN (UCLA ... F ... Jr. ... Birmingham, AL ... #17)
..... Birminghm native who factored into both UCLA goals, despite the pressure of playing in his home area (Hoover's Region's Park; 2-2 NCAA semifinal, top seed UNC advanced on PKs) ... ranked among nation's goalscoring leaders (18) but showed his playmaking skills in Hoover – first on early pass to Ryan Hollingshead (whose shot from top of the box clipped bottom of crossbar for 1-0 lead) and later on give-and-go sequence with Kelyn Rowe for 2-1 margin ... his 2011 honors included being one of the final-15 candidates for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy (player of the year), NSCAA third team All-America and CoSIDA second team Academic All-America (3.74 cumulative GPA, as a communication studies major) ... one of five D-I men's soccer players to couple NSCAA All-America and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, joining two Creighton players (Brian Holt and Ethan Finley) in that dual distrinction, along with Duke's Andrew Wenger and Mark Sherrod of Memphis ... totaled 42 points (18G-6A; 24 GS) for 2011 squad that posted the most wins at UCLA (18-4-2) since 2003 ... has 29 career goals in 54 games played (9A; 45 starts) ... earned All-America honors during impressive prep career that included totaling 121G-45A at Oak Mountain High School while also starring for the Birmingham FC club program.
ENZO MARTINEZ (North Carolina ... M ... Jr. ... Rock Hill, SC ... #16)
..... Played key role during fierce midfield battles with #13 seed UCLA (2-2 semifinal; 3-1 PKs) and Charlotte (1-0 final), helping secure North Carolina's second national title ... UNC was minutes away from losing in the semifinal – but his strong individual effort led to tying goal (85') ... collected ball near midfield, dribbled to his right and launched 35-yard shot that was tipped by diving 'keeper Brian Roew and hit off the far post (Billy Schuler swooped in for the rebound score inches from the goal line, his 16th goal of the season) ... has totaled 20 goals and 20 assists in his UNC career (72 GP/53 GS; 9G-11A in 2011, 26 GP/25 GS) ... has earned All-America honors on both the college and high school levels, earlier starring for Northwestern High School team that was ranked #1 in the nation (his 185 career goals rank 6th in U.S. high school history) ... member of Discoveries Soccer Club that won 2009 national title ... born in Montevideo, Uraguay.
*BEN SPEAS (North Carolina ... F ... Jr. ... Stow, OH/U. of Akron ... #17)
..... Skilled frontrunner and transfer from Akron who completed rare feat of winning back-to-back NCAA titles with different teams ... scored only goal in title game vs. Charlotte, on strong indvidual effort midway through second half (65'; shorly before the TV timeout) ... brought ball into attacking third and initially was looking for rightfooted shot near top-right corner of the box, then shifted direction and launched 25-yard leftfooted shot that eluded leaping 'keeper Klay Davis and slid under center of the crossbar (goal celebration pictured at left) ... that play took on greater importance, as UNC's only shot-on-goal in the game (Charlotte staged a furious rally but could not get the equalizer) ... also played key role two days earlier in semifinal vs. #13 seed UCLA (2-2; 3-1 PKs) ... provided leftside cross for direct assist on Rob Lovejoy's standing header that bounced in for 1-1 score (56') ... converted clinching penalty kick that sent UNC on to the final ... collected NSCAA third team all-region honors while ranking as team's third-leading scorer (7G-10A; 26 GP/25 GS) ... has 11 goals and 16 assists in his college career (76 GP/40 GS) ... a prep All-American who was considered among nation's top-10 recruits, while starring for Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and the Everest Soccer Club ... has trained with various U.S. youth national teams.
* – Primetime Player of the Week