CS360 Week-14 Primetime Performers (D-I Women; 2012)

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Release: Nov. 22, 2012      Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

Notre Dame Freshman Defender Katie Naughton Headlines CS360 Week-14 Primetime List  
Rookie central defender anchored road wins over pair of top offensive teams, Wake Forest and Florida;
11 others round out CS360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for NCAA 2nd & 3rd rounds (Nov. 15-18).

As the old saying goes, "defense wins championships" and the CS360 week-14 Primetime Performers Honors Roll is dominated by players who make their living in the defensive third. Four of the 12 honorees are goalkeepers and four more are back-line defenders, led by Notre Dame freshman center back Katie Naughton (Elk Grove Village. Ill.) – the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week for NCAA second- and third-round games played on Nov. 15-18. Naughton is joined by 11 others in comprising the CS360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for the pressure-packed week 14 (see list & player info. below; headshots in right sidebar, action photos with expanded player info. at bottom of page). 

Naughton performed like a seasoned veteran during a pair of games played at the University of Florida, as the young Irish squad knocked off Wake Forest (one of four national 3-seeds), 3-1, and then topped the 2-seed Gators, 2-0 . The  Chicago-area native anchored a back line that limited WFU to nine total shots, only three on goal (with three shots, one on goal, and only three corner kicks in the shutout second half). Naughton and the Irish followed with a shutout of the host team Florida, which managed only four shots on goal (10 total shots). 

During the pair of upset wins, Naughton was a key force in shutting down two of nation's top offensive players: WFU's Katie Stengel (2 shots, both off frame) and Florida's Erika Tymrak (2 SOG). The third team all-BIG EAST selection and member of BIG EAST all-rookie team (3G-1A; 22 starts) is featured on a team dominated by sophomore and freshmen starters. Naughton, a mainstay in U.S. youth national teams for several years (U-18/17/15), is a product of Elk Grove High School and the elite Sockers FC club program. 

The 12 Primetime honorees include four goalkeepers who participated in nerve-wracking PK shootouts – Marquette freshman Amanda Engel (Centennial, Colo.), Michigan fifth-year senior Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich.), Penn State graduate student Erin McNulty (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and BYU sr./jr. Erica Owens (Salt Lake City, Utah). Four of the nation's top back-line players also are included on the week-14 honor roll: Naugthon, plus Baylor senior and primary marking back Carlie Davis (Dallas, Texas), Stanford four-year starting central defender Alina Garciamendez (Fairview, Texas), and Duke right back Libby Jandl (Mission Hills, Kan.). The offensive players rounding out the dozen honorees include UCLA senior forward Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Denver junior playmaking midfielder Nicholette DiGiacomo (Golden, Colo.), Florida State fifth-year forward Tiffany McCarty (Laurel, Md.) and North Carolina junior multiple-position threat Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.). 

The 12 honorees feature three who are utilizing extra years of eligibility (McNulty, Kopmeyer and McCarty), along with five "traditional" seniors (Bywaters, Davis, Garciamendez and Jandl, plus Owens with her own 5th-year option), the juniors DiGiacomo and Dunn, and the freshmen duo of Engel and Naughton. Two of the honorees half from Texas hometown (Davis and Garciamendez) along with two more from Colorado (DiGiacomo and Engel), plus one each from Illinois, Kansas, Manitoba, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New York and Utah. 

... 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):

• During regular season/conference tournament, performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason qualification (or conference title), typically in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a conference favorite/leader from a league not represented in the CS360 top-50). During NCAA tournament play, performed at a similar high level while helping put team in position to win/advance.

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and other 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 – All photos on this page courtesy of the respective schools.  

CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #15      Division I Women
(presented by 
CollegeSoccer360.com … NCAA Second & Third Rounds; week of Nov. 19-25, 2012)

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

ZAKIYA BYWATERS  (UCLA … F ... Sr. … Las Vegas, NV … #5)
… Led Bruins (one of four national 3-seeds) to 3-0 win at 2-seed San Diego State in NCAA rd-of-16, scoring first in 7th minute (low-left corner) & again at 13' (far-left post; ast-Sarah Killion) for her 15th goal of season, nearly doubling her total from 2009-11 (8) … earlier helped beat Kentucky, 5-0 in rd-of-32 (also at SDSU) … Pac-12 player of the year.    

CARLIE DAVIS  (Baylor … D ... Sr. … Dallas, Texas … #4)… Played all 203 minutes during pressure-packed pair of games played at North Carolina (2-1 OT win vs. Georgetown and 1-1 battle vs. UNC, one of the four national 2-seeds, w/ UNC advancing on PKs) … helped limit GU to a pair of shots on goal (5 total shots, 3 corners) in thriller that was 0-0 thru 82' … key part of defense (marking back assigned to cover top threat Crystal Dunn) that allowed only one UNC shot in the first half and did not allow a shot-on-goal until tying score in 82nd minute (UNC had only 2 CKs in regulation).

NICHOLETTE DiGIACOMO  (Denver … M ... Jr. … Golden, Colorado … #7)
… Scored in the closing seconds to force OT, then completed her big-game hat trick with highlight-reel goal in 92nd minute to lift Denver into rd-of-16 for first time in program history (3-2 vs. Maryland, one of four #4 national seeds, played at Stanford) … playmaking midfielder who also finished her own chances to direct comeback from 2-0 deficit … started comeback with header off Sam Harder's free kick (68'), then scored PK at 89:20 (after Kalie Vaughn was taken down in the box) … completed her first career hat trick after taking back pass from Kristen Hamilton and drilling 28-yard shot into upper corner.    

CRYSTAL DUNN  (North Carolina … F/M ... Jr. … Rockville Centre, NY … #19)
… Versatile standout who helped UNC shake free from smothering, man-marking defense of visiting Baylor (one of four national 3-seeds) by scoring late equalizer, advancing in PKs (1-1; 4-2) … UNC had managed only three shots (none on goal) before she worked her magic in 82nd minute, before moving to her left across the top of the box, faking out the pursuing defender and sliding shot past the 'keeper, inside left post for 1-1 game … … also had go-ahead goal (2-1; 37') that broke open 9-2 round-of-16 win over Illinois two days earlier (assist-Alyssa Rich) … has started in 2012 NCAAs at flank midfielder, attacking midfielder and forward – after earning ACC defensive player of the year (outside back), the first ever to receive that award twice in her career (also 2010).  

AMANDA ENGEL  (Marquette … G ... Fr. … Centennial, CO … #0)
… Lived up to her status as one of nation's top young goalkeepers, keeping her team in the game at BYU (a #1 seed) despite facing barrage of 24 total shots (nine on goal/all saved by her) & 8 corners, amidst electric atmosphere …  also saved BYU's first try in PK shootout (Carlee Payne Holmoe) but Cougars advanced, 6-5 in 8 rounds … earlier helped team advance past Princeton, 3-1 (also at BYU) … earned third team all-BIG EAST honors (also BIG EAST all-rookie and all-tournament team) … currently ranks third in nation with 0.421 goals-against avg. (0.420 is second).

ALINA GARCIAMENDEZ  (Stanford … D ... Sr. … Fairview, TX … #4)
… Senior lynchpin of back line that has overcome loss of two 2011 starters to turn in another strong season, most recently in NCAA wins over Bay-area rival Santa Clara (2-1) and upstart Denver (3-0) that had upset Denver … helped shut out Santa Clara through first 76' (2-0), then part of defense that held DU without a shot on goal or corner kick (5 SOG) … has provided some clutch goalscoring this season (6G-1A) … has started all 100 games of her Stanford career, as member of senior class that has 13th-most wins in 31-year history DI women's soccer history (93-3-4).

LIBBY JANDL  (Duke … D ... Sr. … Mission Hills, KS … #3)
… Veteran right back on experience back four that came to play in pair of games played at Virginia, as Blue Devils advanced vs. pair of potent offensive teams (4-1 vs. Miami Ohio and 3-1 vs. UVa, one of four national 2-seeds) … combined with central defender Natasha Anasi to anchor strong effort in that pair of wins, first holding back Redhawks offensive that featured five players w/ 5-plus goals (shutout thru 60' w/ 4-0 lead; allowed one shot on goal, five corners & five total shots) … slowed down UVa team that had been rolling in recent weeks, as Duke led 2-0 thru 50' (game was tight until final goal in 89th; held Cavs to six shots on goal & four corners).  

HALEY KOPMEYER  (Michigan … G … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Troy, MI … #28)
… Four-year starter and 2012 Big Ten goalkeeper of the year who closed career in impressive fashion, as Wolverines knocked off Portland (one of four national 4-seeds), 3-0 at Penn State, and then took #1 seed PSU to limit before falling in PKs (1-1; 3-2) … racked up 10 saves in the run of play vs. PSU (while dealing with 26 total shots and nine corner kicks, compared to no CKs for Michigan) in nail biter that was 1-1 for final 68' & then gave put her team in position to advance by opening PK shootout with pair of clutch saves … earlier posted 11th shutout of season in win over Portland.  

TIFFANY McCARTY  (Florida State … F … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Laurel, MD … #14)
… Veteran frontrunner who pushed her career goal total over 60 (61) with three scores in pair of NCAA home wins – first scoring pair of clutch goals in wild 3-2, 2-OT game with Texas Tech and then scoring again in 4-0 dispatching of dangerous Texas A&M team … gave FSU 2-1 lead vs. TT in 66th minute, after taking pass from Dagny Brynjarsdottir and scoring to far-left corner … Raiders forced OT late in regulation, but she ended the pressure-packed game (104') after taking pass from Casey Short and ripping shot into right corner … went on to score third goal vs. A&M, dribbling around 'keeper to score into open net.

ERIN McNULTY  (Penn State … G … Grad. Student (6th-yr.) … Winnipeg, Manitoba … #00)
… Rare sixth-year player and veteran of numerous international competitions who flashed her veteran savvy in decisive PK shootout vs. surging Michigan by making three straight saves (all diving low to her left) to send PSU on to NCAA quarterfinals (1-1; 3-2 PKs) … also made four saves in tense 110 minutes vs. Michigan, after posting 5-2 win over dangerous Boston College squad two days earlier (six saves while defensing 24 total shots & 6 corners).     

*KATIE NAUGHTON  (Notre Dame … D ... Fr. … Elk Grove Village, IL … #24)
… Rookie central defender who performed like a seasoned veteran during pair of games played at Florida, as the young Irish squad knocked off Wake Forest (one of four national 3-seeds), 3-1, and then topped the 2-seed Gators, 2-0 … anchored back line that limited WFU to nine total shots, only three on goal (three shots, one on goal, & only three corners in shutout 2nd half) … Irish followed with shutout of host team Florida, which managed only four SOG (10 total shots) … key forced in shutting down two of nation's top offensive players: WFU's Katie Stengel (2 shots, both off frame) & Florida's Erika Tymrak (2 SOG).

ERICA OWENS  (BYU … G … Sr./Jr. … Salt Lake City, UT … #1)
… First-year starter who extended her stellar 2012 season in epic NCAA rd-of-16 battle vs. Marquette (one of four #3 national seeds), with BYU surviving in PKs (0-0; 6-5 in 8 PK rds) … made seven saves in 110' run of play, while dealing with 14 totals shots & 8 corners … delivered momentum-shifting save in rd-3 of PKs (BYU was down 2-0), diving low and to her right to push Rachel Sloan try around the post … earlier helped Cougars survive Auburn's upset bud (1-0), making pair of key saves in game that was 0-0 until 90' … WCC goalkeeper of the year (0.50 GAA, 5th in nation).

* – CS360 National Primetime Players of the Week 

ZAKIYA BYWATERS Zakiya Bywaters A230 
(UCLA … F ... Sr. … Las Vegas, NV … #5)

… Pac-12 player of the year who led Bruins (one of four national 3-seeds) to 3-0 win at 2-seed San Diego State in NCAA round-of-16, scoring first two goals of the game … opened scoring in 7th minute on who to low-left corner, then scored again at 13' (far-left post; assist-Sarah Killion) for her 15th goal of season, nearly doubling her total from 2009-11 (8) … earlier helped beat Kentucky, 5-0 in roundd-of-32 (also at SDSU) … part of UCLA team that has yet to allow a goal in the 2012 NCAAs 9bat Wisconsin 1-0 in opening round) … key part of Bruins squad – which closed regular season with its first two losses of season – that was energized and efficient during pair of road games at SDSU, with a test at top-ranked Stanford awaiting in the quarterfinals (Nov. 23) … has appeared in 91 career games with UCLA (87) starts but scored only eight times in first three seasons … appeared in all 25 games during 2009 (Pac-12 all-freshman team; 2G-7A), then started all 23 as an honorable mention all-Pac-10 performer in 2010 (3G-4A) before earning first team all-Pac-12 in 2011 (21 GS; 3G-6A) … former member of various U.S. youth national teams (U-20/17/16/14) … high school All-American while starring for Rancho High School and the elite SoCal Blues club program.

Carlie Davis A230

CARLIE DAVIS  (Baylor … D ... Sr. … Dallas, Texas … #4)

… Played all 203 minutes during pressure-packed pair of games played at North Carolina (2-1 OT win vs. Georgetown and 1-1 battle vs. UNC, one of the four national 2-seeds, with UNC advancing on PKs) … helped limit Hoyas to a pair of shots on goal (5 total shots, 3 corners) in thriller that was 0-0 thru 82' … key part of defense (marking back assigned to guard top threat Crystal Dunn) that allowed only one UNC shot in the first half and did not allow a shot-on-goal until tying score in 82nd minute (the Tar Heels, who had scored nine goals two days earlier vs. Illinois, managed had only 2 corner kicks in regulation vs. the Bears) … started all 25 games and earned second team all-Big 12 honors on 2012 Baylor team that suffered only two losses (19-1-5) and set program records for goals-against average (0.53), shutouts (13) and fewest shots allowed (173; 6.9 per game) … also started every game as a sophomore (20) and junior (22), after appearing in 10 games as a freshman … product of Lake Highlights High School and the Solar club program. 

NICHOLETTE DiGIACOMO Nicholette DiGiacomo A230 
(Denver … M ... Jr. …
Golden, Colorado … #7)

… Scored in the closing seconds to force OT, then completed her big-game hat trick with highlight-reel goal in 92nd minute to lift Denver into rd-of-16 for first time in program history (3-2 vs. Maryland, one of four #4 national seeds, played at Stanford) … playmaking midfielder who also finished her own chances to direct comeback from 2-0 deficit … started comeback with flick-header to upper-right corner, off Sam Harder's free kick (68'), then scored PK at 89:20 (after Kalie Vaughn was taken down in the box) … completed her first career hat trick after taking back pass from Kristen Hamilton and drilling 28-yard shot into upper corner (first DU hat trick ever in the NCAAs) … first team all-WAC performer in 2012 while starting all 24 games (7G-9A) … totaled 69 points (19-31A) in her first three DU seasons, including 15 assists (2nd-most in nation) as Sun Belt Conference freshman of the year in 2010 (22 GS; 4G) … first team all-Sun Belt performer in 2011 (21 GS; 8G-7A) … product of Golden High School and the Colorado Storm club program.
  

Crystal Dunn A230

CRYSTAL DUNN  
(North Carolina … F/M ... Jr. … Rockville Centre, NY … #19)
… Versatile standout who helped UNC shake free from smothering, man-marking defense of visiting Baylor (one of four national 3-seeds) by scoring late equalizer, advancing in PKs (1-1; 4-2) … UNC had managed only three shots (none on goal) before she worked her magic in 82nd minute, before moving to her left across the top of the box, faking out the pursuing defender and sliding shot past 'keeper Michelle Kloss, inside left post for 1-1 game … … also had go-ahead goal (2-1; 37') that broke open 9-2 round-of-16 win over Illinois two days earlier (assist-Alyssa Rich) … has started in 2012 NCAAs at flank midfielder, attacking midfielder and forward – after earning ACC defensive player of the year (outside back), first player ever to receive that award … all three of her goals this season have come in the NCAAs … leading member of U.S. team that won 2012 Under-20 World Cup (in Japan) before returning to UNC program in mid-Sept. … earned All-America honors in each of her first two seasons: 9G-8Ain 23 starts during 2010 (first freshman ever named ACC defensive player of the year) and then 3G-6A in 2011 (19 GS) … prep All-American while starring for South Side High School and the Albertson Fury club program.

AMANDA ENGEL keeper2 A230 
(Marquette … G ... Fr. … Centennial, CO … #0) 

Lived up to her status as one of nation's top young goalkeepers, keeping her team in the game at BYU (at #1 seed) despite facing a barrage (24 shots, 9 shots on goal/all saved by her & 8 corners) amidst electric atmosphere … even saved BYU's first try in PK shootout (Carlee Payne Holmoe) but BYU advanced, 6-5 in 8 rounds … earlier helped team advance past Princeton, 3-1 (also at BYU) … earned third team all-BIG EAST honors (also BIG EAST all-rookie and all-tournament team) … currently ranks third in nation with 0.421 goals-against avg. (0.420 is second), best among any player from team that advanced in NCAAs … did not have a losing decision (14-0-2) in her debut season, whole logging nearly 1,500 minutes with 43 saves and only seven goals allowed … product of Arapahoe High School and elite Real Colorado club.

Alina Garciamendez A230ALINA GARCIAMENDEZ  
(Stanford … D ... Sr. … Fairview, TX … #4)
… Senior lynchpin of back line that has overcome loss of two 2011 starters to turn in another strong season, most recently in NCAA wins over Bay-area rival Santa Clara (2-1) and upstart Denver (3-0) that had upset Denver … helped shut out Santa Clara through first 76' (2-0), then part of defense that held DU without a shot on goal or corner kick (5 SOG) … has provided some clutch goalscoring this season (6G-1A) while leading defense that has allowed only 13 goals during 20-1-1 season (0.58 goals-against avg.; 8.9 shots allowed/gm) … has started all 100 games of her Stanford career, as member of senior class that has 13th-most wins in 31-year history DI women's soccer history (93-3-4; 96 wins would rank 9th) … rare three-year team captain who collected first team all-Pac 12 honors for 2012 …  named to 2011 College Cup all-tournament team, after helping Cardinal win NCAA title (NSCAA first team all-region and first team all-Pac-12) … key factor in 58 shutouts during her Stanford career (0.50 team goals-against avg. in 2009; 0.45 in 2010; 0.34 in 2011) … played alongside three different fellow central defenders from 2009-11 (Alicia Jenkins, Courtney Verloo and Kendall Romine), then Madeleine Thompson for most of 2012 … member of the Mexican National Team (started in 2011 World Cup) … product of two dominant programs: Ursuline Academy (19 straight Texas state high school titles) and the Dallas Texans club (2008 national champions) … her brother Erik was a goalkeeper at Georgetown while her younger brother Kristian was a sophomore defender at Davidson in 2012.

LIBBY JANDL Libby Jandl A230 
(Duke … D ... Sr. … Mission Hills, KS … #3)
… Veteran right back on experience back four that came to play in pair of games played at Virginia, as Blue Devils advanced vs. pair of potent offensive teams (4-1 vs. Miami Ohio and 3-1 vs. UVa, one of four national 2-seeds) … combined with central defender Natasha Anasi to anchor strong effort in that pair of wins, first holding back Redhawks offensive that featured five players w/ 5-plus goals (shutout thru 60' w/ 4-0 lead; allowed one shot on goal, five corners & five total shots) … slowed down UVa team that had been rolling in recent weeks, as Duke led 2-0 thru 50' (game was tight until final goal in 89th; held Cavs to six shots on goal & four corners) … has helped Duke return to NCAA quarterfinals for second straight season (four of past six; 2011 NCAA runner-up) … has started all 22 games this season (1A) while logging team-high 1,932 minutes (Anasi is next, at 1,927) … has appeared 91 career games, with 80 starts … started all 27 games in historic 2011 season, as part of defense that allowed only 13 goals (16 shutouts) … made 22 starts in 2010 (23 GP) and nine as a freshman in 2009 (19 GP) … product of Shawnee Mission East High School and elite Dynamos club program … brother John played soccer at DePaul.
  

keeper A230HALEY KOPMEYER  
(Michigan … G … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Troy, MI … #28)

… Four-year starter and 2012 Big Ten goalkeeper of the year who closed career in impressive fashion, as Wolverines knocked off Portland (one of four national 4-seeds), 3-0 at Penn State, and then took #1 seed PSU to limit before falling in PKs (1-1; 3-2) … racked up 10 saves in the run of play vs. PSU (while dealing with 26 total shots and nine corner kicks, compared to no CKs for Michigan) in nail biter that was 1-1 for final 68' & then gave put her team in position to advance by opening PK shootout with pair of clutch saves … earlier posted 11th shutout of season in win over Portland … two-year team captain who made 78 career starts and finished as Michigan career leader in saves (383) and save pct. (.833), spanning 7,215 minutes … has been named to CS360 Primetime Performers each of past three seasons … did not play in 2008 due to injury … produce of Lahser High School and the elite Michigan Hawks club program (also trained with U.S. under-18 national team in 2008) … her mother Patricia and sister Caitlin both have played volleyball at Hillsdale College.
    

Tiffany McCarty A230

TIFFANY McCARTY 
(Florida State … F … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Laurel, MD … #14)

… Veteran frontrunner who pushed her career goal total over 60 (61) with three scores in pair of NCAA home wins – first scoring pair of clutch goals in wild 3-2, 2-OT game with Texas Tech and then scoring again in 4-0 dispatching of dangerous Texas A&M team … gave FSU 2-1 lead vs. TT in 66th minute, after taking pass from Dagny Brynjarsdottir and scoring to far-left corner … Raiders forced OT late in regulation, but she ended the pressure-packed game (104') after taking pass from Casey Short, turning and ripping shot into right corner … went on to score third goal vs. A&M, dribbling around 'keeper to score into open net … second team all-ACC performer in 2012 (15G-5A) while pushing her career points total to 146 (61G-24A) in 96 career games played, 93 starts … semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2009 and again in 2011 (missed 2010 due to injury) … her second team All-America season in 2011 (first team all-ACC) featured 18G-8A in 26 starts (NCAA semifinalists) … 2009 first team All-American and ACC player of the year (17G-7A; 25 GS) … 2008 ACC freshman of the year (11G-6A; 23 GP/20 GS) … has played and trained with various U.S. youth national teams over the years (U-20/18/17/16) … prep All-American while starring for Freestate Shooters club team and St. John's College High Schools (where she also was a  track standout, in sprint, hurdle and jumping events) … her brother Ian played soccer at Hofstra. 

Erin McNulty A230ERIN McNULTY  
(Penn State … G …
Grad. Student (6th-yr.) ... Winnipeg, Mantitoba … #00)

… Rare sixth-year player and veteran of numerous international competitions who flashed her veteran savvy in decisive PK shootout vs. surging Michigan by making three straight saves (all diving low to her left) to send PSU on to NCAA quarterfinals (1-1; 3-2 PKs) … also made four saves in tense 110 minutes vs. Michigan, after posting 5-2 win over dangerous Boston College squad two days earlier (six saves while defensing 24 total shots & 6 corners).    … has made 20 saves in 2012, with 14 winning decisions (0.95 GAA, .814 save pct.) … starter on Canada's bronze-medal squad at 2012 Olympics … second team all-Big Ten performer in 2011 (26 GS, 21-5-0, 0.94, .747) after sitting out season in 2010 … played two seasons at Florida State (dnp in '08 due to U-20 World Champ.), winning 18 games each season (0.88 and .734 in 25 starts during 2009; 0.4 and .776 in 27 starts as a freshman in '07) … has past playing experience with the Ottawa Fury … graduate of Glenlawn High School.  

*KATIE NAUGHTON Katie Naughton A230 
(Notre Dame … D ... Fr. …
Elk Grove Village, IL … #24)

… Rookie central defender who performed like a seasoned veteran during pair of games played at Florida, as the young Irish squad knocked off Wake Forest (one of four national 3-seeds), 3-1, and then topped the 2-seed Gators, 2-0 … anchored back line that limited WFU to nine total shots, only three on goal (three shots, one on goal, & only three corners in shutout 2nd half) … Irish followed with shutout of host team Florida, which managed only four SOG (10 total shots) … key force in shutting down two of nation's top offensive players: WFU's Katie Stengel (2 shots, both off frame) & Florida's Erika Tymrak (2 SOG) … third team all-BIG EAST selection and member of BIG EAST all-rookie team (3G-1A; 22 starts), on team dominated by sophomore and freshmen starters … mainstay in U.S. youth national teams for several years (U-18/17/15) … product of Elk Grove High School and the elite Sockers FC club program. 

Erica Owens A230ERICA OWENS  
(BYU … G ... Jr. …
Salt Lake City, UT … #1)

… First-year starter who extended her stellar 2012 season in epic NCAA rd-of-16 battle vs. Marquette (one of four #3 national seeds), with BYU surviving in PKs (0-0; 6-5 in 8 PK rds) … made seven saves in 110' run of play, while dealing with 14 totals shots & 8 corners … delivered momentum-shifting save in rd-3 of PKs (BYU was down 2-0), diving low and to her right to push Rachel Sloan try around the post … earlier helped Cougars survive Auburn's upset bud (1-0), making pair of key saves in game that was 0-0 until 90' … WCC goalkeeper of the year (0.50 goals-against avg., 5th in nation; 22 starts, .851 save pct., 11 solo shutouts) … logged only 25 minutes as a freshman in 2009, then missed 2010 and '11 seasons due to injury … product of Highland High School.

* – CS360 National Primetime Players of the Week

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