Santa Clara Midfielder Julie Johnston Headlines Week-6 Primetime Performers


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RELEASE: Sept. 26, 2011             Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

Santa Clara sophomore midfielder Julie Johnston (Mesa, Ariz.) has been selected as the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as announced by CollegeSoccer360.com. The versatile player leads the way among 11 D-I women who were named to the CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, for Sept. 19-25 (listed below). The Primetime designation recognizes players based on situational factors (such as quality of opponent, clutch play, leadership, etc.) displayed in their performances during the past week, rather than solely on raw stats (full listing of criteria included below). See info. and action photos below for all 11 honorees; headshots pictured in right sidebar.

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Santa Clara sophomore midfielder Julie Johnston (left)

JOHNSTON showcased her versatility with a return to the midfield, after spending the past couple of weeks as a central defender due to a team need on the back line. The second-year standout responded in her familiar role by scoring the game's only goal in a battle with Washington State (cs360 #43) before adding pair of scores in a Bay-area showdown with #16 California (3-0), completing an impressive weekend for the Broncos against two of the Pac-12's top teams. Johnston rewarded  her coaches' decision to move her back to midfield, fulfilling the hopes for sparking an SCU offense that had totaled only two goals in the previous four games.

In the deadlock with WSU, Johnston single-handedly ended the scoreless game after stealing the ball and cashing in her 78th-minute chance. She returned to the pitch two days later and promptly scored on a header in opening minutes vs. Cal (4'; via Margueritte Aozasa's free-kick service). Johnston capped the 3-0 win by knocking in a corner-kick from Meleena Shim early in the second half ('47) . 

Johnston was named West Coast Conference rookie of the year in 2010, when she led Broncos in points (2G-5A) while starting 16 of the 20 games she played. She played club soccer in her native with Gilbert SC Arsenal and the perennial national contender Sereno Eagles.


CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #6  (Division I women)
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com ... for games Sept. 19-25, 2011)

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

MELANIE BASKIND  (Harvard ... M ... Sr. ... Framingham, MA ... #10)

SARAH BROWN  (Oklahoma State ... M ... Sr. ... Tulsa, OK ... #14)

KAITLYN EIDSON  (SMU ... D ... Sr. ... Katy, TX ... #17)

ARIANNE HEATON  (Jacksonville ... D ... Jr. ... Highlands Ranch, CO ... #2)

JULIE JOHNSTON*  (Santa Clara ... M ... So. ... Mesa, AZ ... #2)

SYDNEY JONES  (Wyoming ... D ... Jr. ... Sugarland, TX ... #18)

MAEGAN KELLY  (Marquette ... F ... So. ... Kansas City, MO ... #4)

MAGGIE KISTNER  (Virginia ... D ... Sr. ... St. Louis, MO ... #16)

NATALIA LEDEZMA  (UC Irvine ... F ... So. ... Mirada, CA ... #3)

JILLIAN MASTROIANNI  (Boston College ... G ... Sr. ... Durham, CT ... #30)

ALEXIS OWENS  (Tennessee ... F ... Jr. ... Carmel, IN ... #23)

* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week

Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):

• Must have been playing in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a preseason conference favorite/leader), or 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 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.


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MELANIE BASKIND
Harvard ... Midfielder ... Sr.
Framingham, Massachusetts ... #10

Team co-captain and perennial Ivy League all-star who played lead role in win over defending league champion Penn (cs360 #45), scoring both of the Crimson's goals in that 2-0 game vs. Quakers team that had been 5-1-0 ... converted from left side at 14' (via cross from Peyton Johnson) and finished another assist from Johnson, with a shot into the corner ('25) ... key factor in possession battle that saw Harvard total 16-9 shot edge (8-4 on-goal) and 6-2 corner-kick margin ... added pair of assists in 4-1 win New Hampshire (goals by Elizabeth Weisman and Meg Casscells-Hamby) ... leads team in scoring, with 4G-6A, giving her 69 career points (23G-23A) in her four seasons with the Crimson ... scored 89th-minute gamewinner earlier this season vs. UMass and scored in win over regional rival UConn ... a first team all-Ivy League performer in 2010 (9G-4A), after earning second team honors as a sophomore (4G-6A) and freshman (6G-7A; Ivy rookie of the year) ... collected CoSIDA second team Academic All-America honors as a junior in 2010, in recognition of her combined athletic and academic accomplishments (3.80 cumulative GPA as a neurobiology major) ... also a Harvard lacrosse team captain and all-Ivy League performer in that sport as well (1st team in spring 2011, 2nd team in '10) ... standout soccer, lacrosse and hockey player at Framingham High School ... product of the MPS Boston Renegades club program.     

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SARAH BROWN
Tennessee ... Forward ... Sr.
Tulsa, Oklahoma ... #14

Helped lead Cowgirls to wins over pair of Big 12 upstarts, with 1G-1A in both games (5-1 vs. cs360 #50 Kansas and 2-0 over #36 Missouri) – as team moved to 13-0-0 (extending the longest win streak in the program's history) ... completed a corner-kick sequence (Carson Michalowski service/Collen Dougherty header) on short shot for early lead vs. KU ('14) ... her throw-in assist later led to a Taylor Mathews' 30-yard strike for 3-0 lead ... helped end scoreless game vs. Missouri late in second half, as her deflected shot assisted on Abbey Akin's open-net goal (34') ... scored key second goal late in regulation ('81), cashing in a 7-yard shot after assists from Krista Lopez and Megan Marchesano ... has filled an expanded role this season (3G-6A), after totaling 1G-6A spanning the 2008-10 seasons (primarily as a player off the bench) ... product of Jenks High School, the Hurricane Futbol Club and Tulsa Soccer Club ... her father Scott Brown was a quarterback with the Tulsa football team in the early 1980s.   

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Kaitlyn Edison A 230

KAITLYN EIDSON
SMU ... Defender ... Sr.
Katy, Texas ... #17

Versatile central defender and team co-captain who guided Mustangs to program's first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since 2002 (1-0 vs. Central Florida, cs360 #25) ... sent home low linedrive free-kick from fellow defender Courtney Smith (63') for eventual gamewinner vs. the Conference USA favorites/defending champs (SMU was slotted 6th in the CUSA preseason poll) ... helped shut out potent UCF offense while limiting Knights to 13 total shots (only five on-goal) and five corner kicks ... returned two days later as anchor of defense that held Southern Mississippi scoreless for 80 minutes – before heading in a Mallory Baum corner-kick service to secure 3-1 final (86') ... member of back line that yielded only three Southern Miss shots and a single corner kick ... fourth-year starter (5A in '08, 5G in '10) and a CUSA second-team performer in both 2009 and '10 ... product of Cinco Ranch High School and the Eclipse Soccer Club ( based in Sugarland, Texas).



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Arianne Heaton A 230

ARIANNE HEATON
Jacksonville ... Defender ... Jr.
Highlands Ranch, Colorado ... #2

Third-year starter who logged all 110 minutes in scoreless battle at Florida Gulf Coast, as Dolphins posted key result in showdown between Atlantic Sun Conference's top teams (FGCU, which went 8-0-2 in league play a year ago, is the A-Sun preseason favorite while JU was #2 in the preseason coaches poll) ... helped limit Eagles to six shots-on-goal (14 total shots) and four corner kicks in marathon game that included two lightning delays ... also played entire game in 3-1 league win at Stetson, as part of defense that did not allow a goal over the final 70' and yielded only two shots-on-goal (10 total) and three corners in the entire game ... played for elite teams on the high school (Cherry Creek) and club levels (Colorado Rush/Nike Colorado) ... her father Godron Heaton was a four-year baseball letterman at Illinois College.

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Julie Johnston A 230


*JULIE JOHNSTON
Santa Clara ... Midfielder ... So.
Mesa, Arizona ... #2

Showcased her versatility with return to midfield, after spending past couple weeks as a central defender ... responded in her familiar role by scoring game's only goal in battle with Washington State (cs360 #43) before adding pair of scores in Bay-area showdown with #16 California (3-0), completing an impressive weekend for the Broncos against two of the Pac-12's top teams ... rewarded  coaches' decision to move her back to midfield in hopes of sparking SCU offense that had totaled only two goals in previous four games ... ended scoreless game vs. WSU, after stealing ball and cashing in 78th-minute chance ... returned two days later to score on header in opening minutes vs. Cal (4'; via Margueritte Aozasa's free-kick service), later capping the 3-0 win by knocking in a corner-kick from Meleena Shim early in the second half ('47) ... named West Coast Conference rookie of the year in 2010, when she led team in points (2G-5A) while starting 16 of the 20 games she played ... played club soccer with Gilbert SC Arsenal and the Sereno Eagles (did not play high school soccer).

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Sydney Jones A 230

SYDNEY JONES
Wyoming ... Defender ... Jr.
Sugarland, Texas ... #18


Veteran leader of Wyoming defense that held pair of opponents last week to four total shots-on-goal and four corner-kicks – highlighted by scoreless battle with Missouri Valley Conference favorite Creighton (Wyoming was picked to finish 5th in the 7-team Mountain West) ... dangerous attacker out of the back, totaling team-high six shots vs. the Jays while helping limit Creighton to a pair of shots-on-goal (none in regulation) and two corners ... part of Cowgirls defense that similarly allowed only two shots-on-goal and two CKs in 3-1 win over South Dakota ... appeared in 20 games as a sophomore (8 starts) and 15 as a freshman ... product of Stephen F. Austin High School and the Challenge club team.  

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Maegan Kelly A 230


MAEGAN KELLY
Marquette ... Forward ... So.
Kansas City, Missouri ... #4

Proven big-game performer who delivered in BIG EAST showdown with Notre Dame (cs360 #18), scoring in regulation before assisting on goal early in overtime of that 3-2 thriller ... helped quickly answer ND's tying goal (1-1; 63') with corner-kick service that led to her own goal – after return cross from Katie Hisemeh and resulting low shot from near the top of the box, into left sidenetting (66') ... helped end the game 18 seconds into OT, after getting the ball to Taylor Madigan for a blast into the upper-right corner ... earlier in the week, she chipped in a Kate Rielge cross for early lead on DePaul (2-1 win, also in OT) ... first Marquette player since 2002 to reach double-digit goals in a season (11G-4A) ... earned 2010 BIG EAST all-rookie team honors while totaling 7G-4A as a super-sub ... product of St. Teresa Academy, the Kansas City Comets Select and KC Dynamos ... sister Katie played for Marquette from 2005-08 while brother Patrick is current member of the Marquette men's soccer team.

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Maggie Kistner A 230

MAGGIE KISTNER
Virginia ... Defender... Sr.
St. Louis, Missouri ... #16

Defensive anchor who helped Cavaliers become first team in 43 games to shut out North Carolina (cs360 #4), doing so in 1-0, double-overtime classic at UNC's Fetzer Field ... member of back line that limited Tar Heels to a pair of shots-on-goal in the 105-minute game, with none of those shots-on-target coming from the dangerous starting frontrunners (Kealia Ohai, Courtey Jones and Crystal Dunn) ... also helped hold UNC to 11 total shots, nine of which failed to reach 'keeper Chantel Jones ... third-year starter (23 GP/7 GS as a freshman in '08) ... helped St. Louis Soccer Club win 2005 national title (graduate of John Burroughs High School) ... a triplet, with brothers Bill and Charlie ... her mother Beth was a varsity swimmer at Tufts.  

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Natalie Ledezma A 230

NATALIA LEDEZMA
UC Irvine ... Forward ... So.
Mirada, California ... #3

Transfer from UCLA who has boosted Irvine's continuing rise among the nation's top teams ... currently ranks as team's leading scorer (5G-3A), after factoring into three goals during key week (3-1 vs. cs360 #34 Portland and 3-2 at #38 San Diego) ... her long shot led to rebound assist on first goal vs. Portland (22', by Lexi Kopf) ... added cross on Coco Goodson's header that clinched 3-1 win over the Pilots ... scored tying goal (60') in wild game at USD, cashing in cross from Dana Sanderlin ... appeared in 18 games at UCLA in 2010 ... prep All-American who has competed with various U.S. youth national teams, along with La Mirada High School, the Irvine Strikers and Slammers FC.

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Jilliam Mastroianni A 230

JILLIAN MASTROIANNI
Boston College ... Goalkeeper
Sr. ... Durham, Conn. ... #30

Team captain and one of several honoees this week who delivered in overtime clashes, actually doing it twice as BE posted 2-1 road wins at cs360 #10 Maryland (OT) and #28 Virginia Tech (2 OT) ... totaled 14 saves in 204 total tension-packed minutes, also dealing with 32 total shots and 12 corner kicks ... overcame a jarring collision early in the second half at Maryland, later tipping a Kristen Schmidbauer cross over the crossbar to keep her team's deficit at one (the Eagles tied the game in the 88th minute before winning in '98) ... survived a frenetic game at Virginia Tech, facing 20 shots and saving 10 of them while also dealing with eight corner kicks in that 106-minute marathon ... fourth-year starter and first team all-ACC performer as a sophomore in 2009 ... earned prep All-America honors while competing for the U.S. under-16 and u-17 national teams, Choate Rosemary Hall High School and the SoccerPlus CT Reds ... her brother David played football at Columbia.   

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Alexis Owens A 230

ALEXIS OWENS
Tennessee ... Forward ... Jr.
Carmel, Indiana ... #23

Picked a perfect time to deliver her career-best game, scoring three times – on three shots-on-goal – in 4-2 SEC showdown vs. Florida (cs360 #6), completing the program's first hat trick since 2002 (and first time with 3-plus goals in a game vs. Florida) ... led Lady Vols to their most goals in an SEC game since the 2007 season ... had totaled only two career goals (in 43 games) before finding the net three times against the Gators ... converted a thru-ball from Emily Dowd for early lead (5'; 10-yd shot) and later won a 50/50 battle with a UF defender to set up another goal and a 3-0 lead ('36) ... capped her hat trick late in the game, with the Vols clinging to 3-2 margin,  via a leftside outlet pass from Caroline Brown (86') ... was making her first start of the season, after totaling only five shots previously this season ... product of Carmel High School along with the Dynamo, Indy Revolution and Carmel United-Sparx club programs ... cousin Horace Owens is an assistant men's basketball coach at LaSalle University.  


* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week

editor@collegesoccer360.com