Villanova Veteran Forward Katie Ryan Tops CS360 Week-7 Primetime Performers


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RELEASE: Oct. 4, 2011             Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

Villanova senior forward Katie Ryan (Wayne, N.J.) – coming off a 2G-2A effort in an upset win over West Virginia – has been selected as the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as announced by CollegeSoccer360.com. The veteran frontrunner leads the way among 11 D-I women who were named to the CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, for Sept. 26-Oct. 2 (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, with headshots pictured in right sidebar.

Katie Ryan A 220

Villanova senior forward Katie Ryan (left)

RYAN set the Villanova record for career gamewinning goals (15) while factoring into all of the goals (2G-2A), as the Wildcats stunned a West Virginia team (cs360 #23) that had been unbeaten in BIG EAST play, 4-1. She also had 1G-1A two days earlier to help beat Pittsburgh (3-1), as part of her team's strong weekend showing.

The Ryan-led led second-half surge vs. Pitt helped spark a Villanova offense that had totaled only one goal in its first six BIG EAST games this season. Ryan provided the key pass and primary assist on the go-ahead goal early in second half, with Stephanie Myers scoring from the middle of the field for 2-1 lead (47'). Minutes later, Ryan scored an insurance goal, after taking pass from Katy Nagy and converting near the upper-left corner of the box.

Ryan played a lead tole in Villanova's first victory over West Virginia since 2004, with Sunday's commanding win halting the Mountaineer's 17-game winning streak vs. BIG EAST opponents. Her six points in that game are the most by a Villanova player since 1999. Ryan proved to be unstoppable in the WVU game, en route to breaking the program's career GWG record that had stood for 25 years (Cathy Ford and Ann Brennan, members of Villanova's inaugural varsity squad, had shared the record, each with 14 career gamewinners). Ryan tied the WVU game after connecting on a ball from Amanda Penkrot and scoring from sharp leftside angle, with shot glancing off far-left post (19'). She scored again, only three minutes later, for the record-setting GWG – on a breakaway sequence that featured precise passing from Myers and then Heidi Sabatura. Ryan later assisted on a goal early in second half (one-touch from Sabatura, at '48) and later set up a Myers' blast that capped the win (74').

Ryan leads Villanova this season with 23 points (9G-5A), giving her 37 career goals and 22 assists in 72 career games played (56 starts). She totaled over 100 goals in her prep career at Wayne Valley High School while also starring for the Parsippany Gazelles. 


CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #7  (Division I women)
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com ... for games Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2011)

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

AMBER BROOKS  (North Carolina ... DM ... Jr. ... New Hope, PA ... #22)

TARA CAMPBELL  (Duke ... G ... Sr. ... Cincinnati, OH ... #1)

ALLYSHA CAHAMPMAN  (LSU ... DM ... 5th-Yr.-Sr. ... Courtice, Ontario ... #4)

LAUREN DiGREGORIO  (Colorado College ... F ... So. ... Burnsville, MN ... #3)

RACHAEL DOYLE  (Washington State ... D ... So. ... North Epping, New South Wales ... #4)

NKEM EZURIKE  (Michigan ... F ... So. ... Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia ... #22)

MAYA HAYES  (Penn State ... F ... So. ... Orange, NJ ... #23)

BRITTANI LUM  (Hawaii ... D ... Sr. ... Folsom, CA ... #4)

CHELSEA RAYMOND  (Stephen F. Austin ... F ... Fr. ... Irving, TX ... #9)

*KATIE RYAN  (Villanova ... F ... Sr. ... Wayne, NJ ... #23)

MEGAN YORK  (Pennsylvania ... F ... Fr. ... Chicago, IL ... #11)

* – 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.


Amber Brooks A 220

AMBER BROOKS
North Carolina ... Defensive Midfielder ... Jr.
New Hope, Pennsylvania ... #22

Led squad during key week, as the Tar Heels switched from their longtime, trademark formation (3-4-3) to a 4-2-3-1 setup ... served as one of the two holding/defensive midfielders in the new alignment, helping lead UNC to 2-0 win at Florida State (cs360 #9) and commanding 4-1 victory at Miami ... scored or assisted on four of the team's goals (2G-2A) during the Florida trip while fortifying midfield defense –  as 'Heels allowed only six shots-on-goal and six corner kicks spanning the pair of road tests ... key factor in shutout win over potent FSU squad, which totaled only three SOG and three corners vs. the new UNC formation ... factored in both goals vs. the Seminoles, including early 22-yard linedrive from the left side (15') to open the scoring and cross to Courtney Jones on insurance goal (21') ... three days later at Miami, she redirected Jones' rightside corner with a header to the far-left post, assisting on Megan Brigman's shot off the far-right post (24') ... also converted on a penalty kick (29') for her third goal of the season and eventual gamewinner vs. the Hurricanes ... helped limit Miami to eight total shots, three shots-on-goal and three corners ... was not on the field when 'Canes scored their lone goal (75', with UNC already up 4-0) ... currently attending U.S. Under-23 National Team training camp in Carson, Calif. ... team co-captain ... earned second team all-ACC honors as a sophomore in 2010, when she totaled 7G-2A as a sophomore in 2010 (started all 24 games), after starting during second half of 2009 season ... excellent student who carries nearly a 3.0 cumulative GPA at UNC (as a communications major) ... product of the Pennington School and several club programs (Vincent United, Langhorne Strikes and Lenape Valley ... her father Allan Brooks played soccer at LeMoyne while her mother Jean Brooks was a member of the men's soccer team at Ashland University in the late-1970s (prior to NCAA women's soccer).

Tara Campbell A 220

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TARA CAMPBELL
Duke ... Goalkeeper ... Jr.
Cincinnati, Ohio ... #1

Battle-tested 'keeper who delivered pair of shutouts vs. cs360 #8 Virginia (0-0) and #28 Virginia Tech (1-0) – already setting the Duke record for solo shutouts in a season (9) ... logged 200 scoreless minutes while totaling 10 saves in the pair of wins, including a season-high eight stops in the showdown with UVa ... has allowed only one goal spanning the past seven games ... survived plenty of pressure from the Virginia offense, which uncorked 20 total shots and 12 corner-kick chances ... smothered a dangerous change from UVa leading scorer in the 29th minute (preventing a shot), then dove to her right four minutes later to save another Miller chance ... also tipped a pair of shots over the crossbar in route to shutout of the high-scoring Cavs ... has compiled a lowly 0.37 goals-against avg. this season (5 goals allowed in 14 games) ... has amassed 23 career shutouts in three seasons with the Blue Devils ... earned second team all-ACC honors as a freshman ... product of Archbishop McNichols High School and the Ohio Soccer Academy.

Allysha Chapman A 220

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ALLYSHA CHAPMAN
LSU ... Defensive Midfielder ... 5th-Yr. Sr.
Coutrice, Ontario ... #4

Led defensive effort that shut down strong offensive attack from cs360 #16 Tennessee (2-0) and followed up with similar strong day in 2-1 win over 2-1 win over #46 Georgia ... helped limit Lady Vols to seven shots-on-goal, including no shots of any kind from surging forward Alexis Owens (who was coming off a hat trick vs. Florida) ... returned to the pitch two days later and locked down UGa star midfielder Alexa Newfield (9G in '11), who went without a shot in that Sunday battle ... her week's effort also included assisting on Addie Eggleston's insurance goal vs. Tennessee (62') ... subtle but vital presence for the Tigers throughout her team's games ... a first team all-SEC performer in 2010, after earning second-team honors in '09 ... earned all-freshman team honors from Conference USA in 2007, while playing for Alabama Birmingham (UAB) ... product of Canada's Under-20 National Team and the Ajax United Eclipse club program.

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Lauren DiGregorio A 220

LAUREN DiGREGORIO
Colorado College ... Forward ... So.
Burnsville, Minnesota ... #3

Emerging presence on CC front line, after leading team to 3-0 win at Southern Mississippi and 1-1 result at Conference USA favorite #32 Central Florida (cs360 #32) ... scored late game-tying goal at UCF (75'), firing a shot inside the far-post while running onto the play at full-sped (via a touch-pass from Jessie Ayers) ... member of CC team that has not lost to UCF during the past two seasons (1-0 home win in 2010) ... assisted on second goal at USM, as her shot off the post was sent back into the net by Ayers (54'), providing breathing room early in second half ... has proven to be tough to mark this season, with improved fitness and preparation while combining well with midfield newcomer Ayers ... has totaled 18 points this season (4G-10A) ... Tigers are unbeaten (3-0-2) when she has a point during the 2011 season ... has point in five of the games during current six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) – with CC rising to second in CUSA (3-0-1) ... hampered by broken hand in 2010 but still totaled 4G-1A as part-time starter ... earned prep All-America honors while playing for Burnsville High School and the Woodberry Inferno.

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Rachael Doyle A 220

RACHAEL DOYLE
Washington State ... Defender ... So.
North Epping, New South Wales ... #4

Talented backline player who helped shut out top-ranked Sanford for 85 minutes (1-0 loss), followed by 2-0 win over cs360 #25 California ... she and her WSU teammates joined Maryland (0-0) as the only teams that have held Stanford without multiple goals this season ... member of WSU defense that yielded only two corner kicks to the dangerous Cardinal squad ... also helped hold Cal to 10 shots, only three of them on-goal, in tense game that was scoreless through 56' ... started most of WSU's games as a freshman in 2010 ... served as captain for the 2006 New South Wales metro team that won the Australian national championship ... also product of the Young Matildas and Central Coast Mariners club teams.  

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Nkem Ezurike A 220

NKEM EZURIKE
Michigan ... Forward ... So.
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia ... #22

Totaled all three of team's goals in pair of Big Ten victories: 1-0 vs. previously unbeaten Iowa (cs360 #34) and 2-1 over league newcomer Nebraska ... led Wolverines to the program's first road sweep in conference play since 2004 ... halted a scoreless battle early in second half at Iowa (53'), cashing in on a misplay and scoring into the right-corner for lone goal of the game ... opened scoring at Nebraska, after winning ball from 'keeper Emma Stevens at top of box and chipping in to open net (15') ... added goal 19 seconds into second half for 2-1 cushion, alertly lofting in a 35-yard shot with Stevens off her line ... has totaled 19 points (7G-5A) in 13 games this season ... a second team all-Big Ten performer as a freshman in 2010 (9G-1A in 18 starts) ... product of the  Canadian National Training Center-Atlantic (has trained and competed with several of Canada's youth national teams) and several club programs: Laval Cometes, Halifax City and Scotia SC.

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Maya Hayes A 220

MAYA HAYES
Penn State ... Forward ... So.
Orange, New Jersey ... #5

Elite striker who currently shares the national lead with 16 goals, following key score in 1-0 win at Minnesota (days after her 3-assist effort in 3-1, comeback win over cs360 #24 Ohio State) ... helped spark stunning reversal vs. Ohio State, as PSU quickly turned 1-0 halftime deficit into 3-1 lead (3G in span of 8:33) ... her short pass led Taylor Schram into space on right side for tying goal 15 second into the second half (breakaway shot to left-corner) ... moments later, capitalized on a poor clearance with alert pass to Christine Nairn, whose deep cross from the left flank led to Kori Chapic goal header on the right side (47') ... tacked on third assist with pass to her left, as Emily Hurd placed shot into upper-right corner for the 3-1 final (54;) ... leads the Big Ten with 37 points this season (16G-5A) ... totaled 5G-1A as a freshman in 2010 (21 GP, 13 starts) ... prep All-American while starring for Newark Academy and the Montclair Aristocrats club program.

Brittani Lum A 220

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BRITTANY LUM
Hawaii ... Defender... Sr.
Folsom, California ... #4

Fourth-year starter in the back who scored both gamewinning goals as Hawaii (picked 7th in the WAC preseason poll) upset preseason co-favorite Utah State (2-1; 2 OT) and then rolled to a 5-0 win over Nevada (the Rainbows' first 2-0 start in league play since 2007) ... also helped limit Utah State (2010 WAC champs) to five shots-on-goal and three corner kicks, in 105 minutes of play ... ended that marathon game by deflecting Rachel Domingo's corner kick into the goal, minutes before there being a tie result ... again showed her two-way talents a couple days later vs. Nevada, scoring on a direct free-kick while helping limit the Wolfpack to three shots on goal and a lone corner kick (en route to Hawaii's first shutout of the season) ... has totaled 11 points in 11 games played this season (5G-1A) while besting her goal total from the previous three seasons combined (3G-2A, from '08-10) ... has started 68 of the 69 games she has played in during her UH career ... product of St. Francis High School and Capital Athletic Boca club program.

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CHELSEA RAYMOND
Stephen F. Austin ... Forward ... Fr.
Irving, Texas ... #9

Exciting newcomer who poured in all of the goals during 3-0 win over Texas San Antonio (UTSA), sparking SFA to pair of wins over Southland Conference contenders (also 1-0 vs. Texas State) ... SFA was picked to win the Southland while UTSA and Texas State tied for third in the preseason coaches poll ... first Ladyjacks player to record a hat trick since Megan Cash in 2009 ... broke scoreless tie early in second half, after taking a pass from Kylie Louw and converting breakaway chance down left side (47') ... added second goal on shot from top of box over 'keeper (68'; Megan Wasiak assist) and scored again late in the game (85'), on deflection from the right side ... started and played 64 minutes in key win at Texas State (won on Louw's goal at 89:37) ... has team-leading seven goals this season ... product of MacArthur High School and FC Dallas.


Katie Ryan A 220

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*KATIE RYAN
Villanova ... Forward .. Sr.
Wayne, New Jersey ... #23

Veteran frontrunner who set Villanova record for career gamewinning goals (15) while factoring into all of the goals (2G-2A), as Wildcats stunned West Virginia team (cs360 #23) that had been unbeaten in BIG EAST play, 4-1 ... also had 1G-1A two days earlier to help beat Pittsburgh (3-1), as part of team's strong weekend showing ... led second-half surge vs. Pitt, helping spark offense that had totaled only one goal in first six BIG EAST games this season ... provided pass for primary assist on go-ahead goal early in second half, with Stephanie Myers scoring from middle of the field for 2-1 lead (47') ... scored insurance goal minutes later (50'), after taking pass from Katy Nagy and converting near the upper-left corner of the box ... played lead tole in Villanova's first win over WVU since 2004, with Sunday's commanding win halting the Mountaineer's 17-game winning streak vs. BIG EAST opponents ... her six points in that game are most by a Villanova player since 1999 ... proved to be unstoppable in WVU game, en route to breaking team's career GWG record that had stood for 25 years (Cathy Ford and Ann Brennan, members of Villanova's inaugural varsity squad, had shared the record, each with 14 career gamewinners) ... tied WVU game after connecting on ball from Amanda Penkrot and scoring from sharp leftside angle, with ball glancing off far-left post (19') ...  scored again, only three minutes later, for the record-setting GWG – on a breakaway sequence that featured precise passing from Myers and then Heidi Sabatura ... assisted on goal early in second half (one-touch from Sabatura, at '48) and later set up a Myers' blast that capped the win (74') ... leads team with 23 points (9G-5A), giving her 37 career goals and 22 assists in 72 career games played (56 starts) ... totaled over 100 goals in her prep career at Wayne Valley High School while also starring for the Parsippany Gazelles.

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Megan York A 220

MEGAN YORK
Pennsylvania ... Forward ... Fr.
Chicago, Illinois ... #11

Scored twice in 3-0 win over St. Francis, as Quakers posted convincing win over the Northeast Conference favorites and 2010 NCAA participant ... also helped defeat Cornell, 2-1, as Penn bounced back from Ivy League loss the previous week against Harvard ... led dominating effort vs. St. Francis (29-3 shot edge) ... credited with header goal, via Therea Yankovich's corner-kick service, that opened scoring vs. Red Flash (23') ... capped the 3-0 win by knocking in Erin Beck's deflected shot (85') ... has totaled four goals this second (second-most on the team) ... product of St. Ignatius High School and Eclipse Select, which has emerged as one of the nation's elite club programs in recent years. 

* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week

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