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Primetime Performers of the Week Archive

#1 (Sept. 1)      •      #2 (Sept. 8)      •      #3 (Sept. 15)    •    #4 (Sept. 22)

 #5 (Sept. 29)    •     #6 (Oct. 6)      •       #7 (Oct. 13)     •    #8 (Oct. 20)       

(see release below for the current honorees, Primetime Performers #9)

Note: player tribute capsules may be added, time permitting, to this release for all 19 players (#9 list of honorees posted below, for Oct. 19-25)

(Oct. 19-25)

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

McKenzie Barney  (Florida ... So./F ... Sammamish, WA)
Scored early (5') and late (83') in SEC showdown at #17 LSU (4-0);
added only goal as Gators avoided letdown at Arkansas (1-0)
Lauren Cheney  (UCLA ... Sr./F ... Indianapolis, IN)
Scored pair of early goals and assisted on another in 5-1 win over Oregon;
added pair of assists in 3-0 win over another top-50 opponent (Oregon St.)
Kiersten Dallstream  (Washington State ... Sr./F ... Fountain Hills, AZ)
Veteran offensive force who assisted on go-ahead goal vs. #1 Stanford (2-1 OT loss);
scored overtime goal that capped 2-1 comeback win over #25 Cal
Beverly Goebel  (Miami ... Sr./M ... Moreno Valley, CA)
Won possession and blasted highlight-reel, 25-yard shot into upper-right corner,
for late gamewinning score (81') vs. #2 North Carolina
Marika Gray  (Virginia Tech ... Jr./F ... Alexandria, VA)
Scored go-ahead goal (2-1) and eventual GWG (4-1) at #8 Wake Forest (4-3)
KayAnne Gummersall  (Duke ... Sr./F ... Wilmette, IL)
Delivered first career hat trick in pressure-packed game (4-1 win over #13 Virginia Tech)
Callie Hemming  (DePaul ... Jr./M ... Geneva, IL)
Scored in 2nd-OT (105') to upset #27 Georgetown (2-1) and clinch BIG EAST Tourney spot
Laura Heyboer  (Michigan State ... So./F ... Hudsonville, MI)
Assisted on tying goal (72') and scored eventual GWG 86 seconds later
(despite injury on that play), as MSY picked up much-needed win vs. #37 Minnesota (2-1)
Becca Howell  (Auburn ... Sr./F ... Satellite Beach, CA)
Scored both goals in win at #18 Georgia (2-0), as Tigers boosted their postseason chances
Brittney Macdonald  (Miami ... Jr./D ... Littleton, CO)
Anchored back line that held potent #2 UNC to pair of shot on goal (also held NC St. to 3 SOG)
Red Nixon  (Oregon State ... Sr./M ... Centennial, CO)
Assisted on tying goal (54') and scored GWG (76') in huge comeback at #10 USC (2-1) 
Stephanie Ochs  (San Diego ... So./F ... San Diego, CA)
Factored into 4 of USD's 5 goals, in key WCC wins vs. LMU (3-0; 2G-1A) & Pepperdine (2-0; 1A) 
Kelley O'Hara  (Stanford ... Sr./F ... Fayetteville, GA)
Assisted on late tying goal (87') and then snapped in overtime header
at #20 Washington St. (2-1); opened scoring two days later in win at #23 Washington (3-0)
Becky Ryan  (Marquette ... Sr./F ... Batavia, IL)
Her 87th-minute goal at #32 St. John's (1-0) gave Marquette first-ever BIG EAST division title
Katie Schoepfer  (Penn State ... Sr./F ... Waterford, CT)
Continued strong play with 3G-1A in 6-0 win over top-50 team/Big Ten perennial power Illinois
Alex Smith  (Arizona... Fr./D ... Calgary, ALB)
Delivered her first goal of '09 late in 2nd-OT (106') to beat in-state rival and #31 Arizona St. (2-1) 
Ella Stephan  (Florida State ... So./D ...Indian Harbour,  FL)
Scored on corner-kick header with 0:12 left in 2nd-OT for 3-2 win over #2 UNC;
helped hold UNC without a shot in OT; part of backline that allowed only 3 shots by NC St. (2-0)
Lauren Steuer  (Ohio State ... Jr./M ... Cincinnati, OH)
Converted defender who scored twice (41'/73') to cap 3-0 win over top-50 foe Illinois;
provided corner-kick service on Colleen Brady's header that beat #24 Purdue in OT
Morgan Stith  (Virginia ... Fr./D ... Montclair, NJ)

Rookie backliner who helped Cavs pick up crucial ACC points (1-0 @Duke; 0-0 @Wake),
as member of UVa defense that allowed only five shots on goal in that pair of shutouts

Note: rankings above refer to the CS360 Composite National rankings; class years indicate academic status, with several players having an additional year of eligibility.

Primetime Performers of the Week Archive

#1 (Sept. 1)      •      #2 (Sept. 8)      •      #3 (Sept. 15)    •    #4 (Sept. 22)

 #5 (Sept. 29)    •     #6 (Oct. 6)      •       #7 (Oct. 13)     •     #8 (Oct. 20)

Oct. 27, 2009                                 contact: Pete LaFeur ( Primetime Performers of the Week #9 (Oct. 19-25)

With the regular season nearing its end, there of course were plenty of clutch performances over the past week from players across the nation – with 19 players honored by as this season's ninth group of Primetime Performers of the Week.

Each week of the season, CS360 is honoring players based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):

• Must have been playing for a top-25 team or against such a top-level opponent (this requirement may be expanded late in the regular season, based on the importance of non-top-25 games in terms of conference tournament and/or NCAA qualification).

• Involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, team leadership, etc.

• Performing at a top level against a team rated highly nationally (or within its own conference)., with bonus consideration for key performances away from home field.

• Overcoming adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual). 

CS360 this week has selected 19 players (listed at the top of this release), to represent the number on a typical "travel" top-18 squad (plus one). This honoree group includes 11 forwards, four midfielders, four defenders and – for the first time all season – no  goalkeepers. They come from 18 different teams (two from Miami) and three of them are Illinois natives, along with two each from the home states of California, Colorado and Florida (also one each from Alberta, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and Washington). The 19 include nine seniors, four juniors,four sophomores and two freshmen.

Stanford players now have combined for 12 Primetime Performer honors spanning the past nine weeks, followed by six from North Carolina, five each from Santa Clara, Florida State, San Diego and UCLA, four from Portland, Texas A&M and Penn State, and three each from 14 other teams (BYU, UCF, St. John's, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Rutgers, USC, Missouri, Wisconsin, Duke, Florida, Ohio State, Virginia and Virginia Tech).

Stanford senior forward Kelley O'Hara now has been named a CS360 Primetime Performer five times this season (including each of the past four weeks, as she continues to deliver in the clutch), while Penn State senior forward Katie Schoepfer has been named a CS360 Primetimer Performer each of the past three weeks. Sixteen others have repeated Primetime Performer honors this season: Santa Clara sixth-year defender Jordan Angeli, BYU freshman forward Carlee Payne, Rutgers junior forward Ashley Jones, UNC senior defender Whitney Engen, Pittsburgh junior goalkeeper Morie Kephart, Texas A&M junior forward Whitney Hooper, Stanford junior forward Christen Press, San Diego senior defender Natalie Vinti, USC junior midfielder Alyssa Davila, Portland senior midfielder Michelle Enyeart, Wisconsin sophomore forward Laurie Nosbusch, Missouri senior forward Michelle Collins, UCLA senior F/M Lauren Cheney, Duke senior F KayAnne Gummersall, Michigan State sophomore F Laura Heyboer, and Ohio State junior M Lauren Steuer.

Headshots for each of the 19 players (as available) are included in the righthand sidebar and capsule tributes (with action photos) may follow below, if/when time permits based on the timing needs of other site projects.

Note: player tribute capsules (with action photos) may be added to this release, on a continuing basis (similar to the past few weeks), time permitting ... all photos are courtesy of the various schools and their photographic staffs.