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CLICK HERE  for the initial CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 1).

CLICK HERE  for the previous week's CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 8).

(see release below for the current release, Primetime Performers #3)


Note: player tribute capsules have been added to this release for all 18 players (list of honorees below, for Sept. 8-13)



CS360's PRIMETIME PERFORMERS
OF THE WEEK
(#3; Sept. 8-13)


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


Jordan Angeli  (Santa Clara ... 6th-Yr.-Sr./D ... Lakewood, CO)

Central back named MVP of Santa Clara Classic, after leading defense that allowed

only 13 total shots, 4 combined SOG and 3 CKs in wins over #7 Notre Dame (2-0)

and #9 Purdue (3-1); scored on 35-yard strike to open scoring vs. ND 


Michelle Enyeart  (Portland ... Sr./M ... Hemet, CA)

Posted first career hat trick in 4-1 win over #16 Illinois and scored vs. Miami (2-0)


Georgina Giddings  (Connecticut ... Fr./M ... Feltham, England)

Scored first two career goals to help upset #8 Wake Forest (4-2)


Kelly Henderson  (Boston College ... Sr./D ... Baldwin, NY)

Leader of defense that has yet to allow a goal in '09 and held last week's opponents

(4-0 vs. Marist & Long Beach) to 7 combined shots, 2 SOG and 3 CKs 


Christie Kotynski  (Indiana ... Sr./M ... Hudson, OH)

Reserve who scored game-tying goal at Hofstra in 89th minute and OT gamewinner


C.J. Ludemann  (St. John's ... Sr./M ... Hootsville, NY)

Helped hand #22 Indiana its first loss, with late tying goal (73') and assist on GWG ('76)


Bry McCarthy  (West Virginia ... Fr./F ... Ajax, Ontario)

Scored 85th-minute, game-tying goal at regional rival Virginia (#9)


Mariah Nogueira  (Stanford ... Fr./M ... Westminster, CA)

Def. midfielder whose header 56') opened scoring #7 Notre Dame;

helped limit ND and #9 Purdue (2-1) to 14 combined shots, 6 SOG and 5 CKs


Kelley O'Hara  (Stanford ... Sr./F ... Fayetteville, GA)

Scored twice in comeback vs. #9 Purdue (2-1) and assisted vs. #7 ND (2-0)


Veronica Perez  (Washington ... Sr./F ... San Mateo, CA)

Posted her second goal of season in 83rd minute to beat #12 Illinois (1-0) 


Kelsey Quick  (Dartmouth ... Sr./M ... Bernardsville, NJ)

Made skilled long run and provided cross/assist on goal that beat #12 West Virginia (1-0)


Aline Reis  (Central Florida ... Jr./G ... Campinas, Brazil)

Returned from injury to play lead role (9 saves) in OT win over #4 Florida St. (1-0)


Brooke Thigpen  (Florida ... Fr./M ... Jacksonville, FL)

Had first-goal assist and GWG vs. Duke (2-1), plus assist on first goal vs. #23 Colorado (3-1)


Katy Van Lieshout  (Denver ... Fr./M ... Boulder, CO)

Scored on 28-yd free kick (84') to beat #16 Kansas (2-1), also helping beat TCU (3-1)


Allie Vernon  (Santa Clara ... Fr./M ... Homer Glen, IL)

Assisted on quick goal (3') and added clinching score

vs. #9 Purdue (3-1), after 2-0 win over #7 Notre Dame (2-0)


Natalie Vinti  (San Diego ... Sr./D ... San Diego, CA)

Registered tying goal in comeback vs. #13 Rutgers (2-1), then scored vs. Brown (1-0)


Nikki Washington  (North Carolina ... Sr./M ... Mesquite, TX)

Scored in 82nd minute to halt stalemate vs. #15 Texas A&M (2-0 win)


Courtney Whidden  (Central Florida ... Sr./F ... Palm Harbor, FL)

Knocked in overtime goal to beat #4 Florida State (1-0)


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



CLICK HERE  for the initial CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 1).
CLICK HERE  for the previous week's CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 8).



Sept. 15, 2009                                 contact: Pete LaFeur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week #3 (Sept. 8-13)


The second week of September provided many clutch performances from players throughout the nation, with 18 of them honored by CollegeSoccer360.com as the third group of Primetime Performers of the Week.


Each week for the rest of the season, CS360 will honor 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). 



For this third week of Primetime Performer honorees, CS360 again has selected 18 players (listed at the top of this release), to represent the number on a typical "travel" top-18 squad (the usual number of honorees will be 18). This honoree group includes four forwards, 10 midfielders, three defenders and one goalkeeper. They come from 15 different teams (two each from Central Florida, Santa Clara and Stanford) and four of them are California natives, plus two each from Colorado, Florida and New York, along with one each from Brazil, Colorado, England, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Ontario and Texas. The 18 include a rare 6th-year senior, 10 seniors, one junior, no sophomores and six freshmen.


North Carolina and Stanford each have produced four Primetime Performer honorees spanning the past three weeks, followed by BYU, UCF, Portland and SCU with three each. Santa Clara sixth-year defender Jordan Angeli (also honored the previous week) has joined BYU freshman forward Carlee Payne as players who already have repeated as a Primtetime Performer this season.


Headshots for each of the 18 players (as available) are included in the righthand sidebar and capsule tributes (with action photos) will follow below.


(The setup/template for this page still needs some design/conistency tweaks. CS360 plans to continue announcing the Primetime Performers on Tuesdays, along with the updated Composite National Rankings).


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


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Jordan Angeli (left) repeated as a Primetime Performer honoree, after leading Santa Clara to a pair of wins over top-10 teams (2-0 vs.  #7 Notre Dame; 3-1 vs. #9 Purdue).


Santa Clara versatile sixth-year senior and central defender JORDAN ANGELI (Lakewood, Colo.) – who missed all of the 2007 and '08 seasons due left knee injuries – played a lead role in lifting Santa Clara back into the national rankings, following home wins over #7 Notre Dame (2-0) and #9 Purdue (3-1). The central defender directed a SCU defense that allowed one goal from the pair of top-10 teams, who also were limited to 13 combined shots, 4 shots on goal and 3 corner kicks. Angeli also opened the weekend scoring for the Broncos, on a rocket shot against the Irish.


CLICK HERE  for an excellent feature story on Jordan Angeli, filed by Graham Hayes of ESPN.com (Sept. 8, 2009).


Angeli's diverse skills have allowed her to play all three field positions during her career, including a role on the back line this season. Midway through the first half of the Notre Dame, Angeli pushed forward for a set play following an Irish foul. Senior Kiki Bosio tapped the free kick (roughly 40 yards from the goal) to Angeli, who then launched a 35-yard shot that ripped into the upper part of the net for a 1-0 SCU lead.


The Angeli-led defense allowed only three shots on goal (eight total shots) and two corner kicks from Notre Dame (Sept. 11). Two days later, the Broncos rallied for the 3-1 win over Purdue – thanks to a tight defensive effort that bottled up the Boilermakers (5 shots-1 SOG-1 CK).


One week earlier, Angeli had shown her veteran savvy by scoring in the closing moments of the first overtime (99:47) at #30 Georgetown, giving SCU a thrilling 2-1 road victory on Sept. 4. That score was initiated by a soaring flip-throw from Bosio. Amidst the scramble, Angeli emerged with the ball and scored from close range to end the game moments before the first-OT-ending horn.


Through five games this season, Santa Clara has allowed only three goals, 24 shots (4.8/gm), 12 shots on goal (2.4/gm) and 10 corners (2.0/gm). Angeli now has appeared in 63 career games with the Broncos (53 starts) and could make a run at the "20-20 club" (17 career goals, 15 assists).


Earlier in the season, Angeli assisted on an Amanda Webster goal at San Jose State (4-0) and then converted a penalty kick to provide some cushion in SCU's 2-0 win over UC Santa Barbara. Angeli saw her "traditional" senior season wiped out by injury in 2007 and she again was unable to play in 2008, before returning in '09 when the NCAA approved a rare sixth year of eligibility.


She broke into the college ranks as a Freshman All-America defender in 2004. As an all-region and all-WCC forward in '05, she racked up 29 points (12G-5A) – including both goals in a 2-1 win over defending NCAA champion Notre Dame. The start of Angeli's all-WCC junior season (2G-7A) was delayed while she served a one of the top players (at midfield) for the U.S. team that won the Under-20 World Championship in Russia.


Angeli – who already owns a degree in marketing and now is pursuing a second in communications – was a prep All-American and Colorado player of the year while starring at Green Mountain High School and with the elite Colorado Rush club team.


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Michelle Enyeart (left) scored three times vs. #11 Illinois (4-1) and added a goal in a tighter win vs. Miami (2-0).


Portland senior midfielder MICHELLE ENYEART (Hemet, Calif.) – already a member of NCAA women's soccer's "30-30 club" (30-plus career goals & 30-plus assists) – had one of "most primetime" efforts in the nation last week, posting her first career hat trick vs. #11 Illinois (4-1) and then opening the scoring in a 2-0 win over Miami (a nationally-ranked team earlier this season). Enyeart set the tone early in both games, scoring at the 5:25 mark vs. Illinois and in the 11th minute vs. Miami.


The early score vs. the Illini (Sept. 11) was started by freshman Kendall Johnson's leftside run into the penalty area. Johnson's cross deflected off several players, but Enyeart gathered in the loose ball and scored into the lower-left corner. Midway through the opening half, Enyeart scored again for a 3-0 lead. Sophie Schmidt's thru-ball sent Enyeart in for a 1-v-1 chance with goalkeeper Alexandra Kapicka. Enyeart tapped the ball to avoid the charging 'keeper and then converted the sharp-angle shot inside the far-left post.


Enyeart capped the scoring moments after Illinois had scored (61'), cashing in a cross from Halley Kreminski to complete the hat trick. Two days later vs. Miami (which had posted a shutout win vs. Washington in the Friday-night action), Enyeart ran onto Schmidt's pass into the slot and scored from the left side – on a shot between the legs of onrushing 'keeper Vikki Alonzo.


Through seven games this season, Enyeart has totaled 13 points (5G-3A) – including a goal in the opener vs. Oregon (3-0) and assists on Danielle Foxhaven goals vs. nationally-ranked California (2A; 4-0) and Columbia (5-1). A member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team, she has racked up 111 career points (40G-31A) in 65 career games with the Pilots (31 GS) and has a chance to become the 41st Division I women's soccer player ever to reach 40 career goals and 40 assists. 


Two previous Portland players – national-teamers Tiffeny Milbrett (103G-40A; '90-'92, '94) and Shannon MacMillan (87G-45A; '92-'95) – are members of the 40-40 club, which includes seven players who have reached that milestone during the current decade: UNC's Alyssa Ramsey (57G-71A; '00-'03), Lindsay Tarpley (59G-59A; '02-'05) and Heather O'Reilly (59G-49A; '03-'06), Notre Dame's Katie Thorlakson (55G-73A; '02-'05) and Kerri Hanks (84G-73A; '05-'08), Stanford's Marcie Ward (42G-40A; '00-'02, '04) and Nebraska's Brittany Timko (41G-42A; '03-'06). The 40 players who have reached 40G-40A include: 10 from UNC; six from ND; four from Florida; three from UConn; two each from UP, UCSB, SMU, William & Mary and Nebraska; and one each from Detroit, Monmouth, Minnesota, Army, Northern Illinois, Santa Clara, Penn State and Stanford (Danielle Garrett Fotopoulos is included in the totals for SMU and Florida, as she split her career between both schools).


(Note that Ward appears to have been omitted from the official NCAA record book listing of the 40-40 players, but she has been added to this CS360 release after double-checking her career numbers).


Enyeart earned all-WCC honors as a junior (7G-7A), despite missing the final seven games while training/competing at the U-20 World Championship. The sociology major also was an all-WCC performer as a sophomore in 2007 (12G-15A), after leading the league in points, while her freshman season (16G-6A) included earning All-America and National Freshman of the Year honors.


A youth All-American during her days at Hemet High School, Enyeart also was a top player for the Laguna Hills Eclipse club team – earning the prestigious Golden Boot Award (top scorer in national tournament) in 2005, as a member of the LHE national-championship squad.


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Georgina Giddings (left) scored her first two goals of the season to help knock off #8 Wake Forest (4-2), giving UConn its first regular-season win over a top-10 opponent since Oct. 20, 2006 (1-0 at then-#6 West Virginia).


Connecticut freshman midfielder GEORGINA GIDDINGS (Feltham, England) came off the bench to score twice vs. #8 Wake Forest (4-2), as the Huskies scored twice as many goals as the Demon Deacons had allowed (2) in their previous seven games this season. The noteworthy win – coupled with an overtime victory over Boston University two days earlier (1-0; Sept. 11) – allowed UConn to re-enter the national rankings.


The leftfooted Giddings worked a give-and-go with junior Meghan Cunningham to produce UConn's second goal in the Wake Forest game (2-0; 31'). Cunningham tapped the ball the ball back to Giddings, who scored from the left side with a shot into the lower left corner.


Early in the second half, Giddings scored again for a 4-1 cushion (55'). Fifth-year senior Brittany Taylor saw Giddings open on the left side and provided the well-place pass, with Giddings drilling her shot past 'keeper Amanda Barasha into the far-right corner. 


Giddings – a graduate of Longford Community School and Therfield School (in her hometown of Feltham)  – has played for England's Under-17, U-19 and U-23 national teams, along with the Staines Town WFC and Chelsea FC club teams. 


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Kelly Henderson (left) has made a successful shift from midfield to defense for Boston College, which has yet to allow a goal this season. 


Boston College senior center back KELLY HENDERSON (Baldwin, N.Y.) spearheaded an Eagles defense that limited Marist and Long Beach State to seven combined shots, two shots on goal and four corner kicks during a pair of 4-0 wins. The team captain also scored to cap the win over Marist, heading in a far-post service from Hannah Cerrone on a free-kick set play.


Henderson – who has filled the position vacated by the graduated Caroline Walden – served as one of the Eagles' top midfielders during the previous three seasons. The elementary education major has appeared in all 71 of BC's games during her career, with 67 starts and 27 points (9G-9A).


In the Friday-night win over Marist (Sept. 11), Henderson and the rest of BC's defensive unit held the Red Foxes to three shots (one on goal) and three corners. Two days later, Long Beach State – which won 4-1 earlier this season at nationally-ranked Missouri – managed only one shot on goal (four total shots) and one corner against the Eagles. Through seven games this season, BC has allowed only 25 total shots (3.6 per game), nine shots on goal (1.8/gm) and nine CKs (1.8).


Henderson posted 15 points as a freshman (4G-7A) and 12 as a sophomore (2G-8A), while her junior season (1G-4A) included scoring the game-tying goal vs. city rival Harvard (1-1).


A prep All-American at Baldwin Senior High School, Henderson went on to play with the U.S. Under-20 National Team in 2007.


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Christie Kotynski (left) came off the bench to score Indiana's tying goal vs. Hofstra with 1:12 left in regulation, then scored again in OT for the 3-2 win.


Indiana senior midfielder CHRISTIE KOTYNSKI (Hudson, Ohio) – who started all 62 games in the midfield during the previous three seasons – came off the bench to deliver a pair of late-game strikes, as the Hoosiers overcame a 2-0 deficit to win an overtime thriller at Hofstra (3-2) on Sept. 11. Both of the goals came on set-play sequences.


Chloe McKary's corner-kick initiated the late tying goal (88:48), with Devon Beach – a CS360 Primetime Performer the previous week – then sending the ball into the penalty area. Kotynski was in position to redirect the ball into the net, for the biggest score among her 12 career goals with the Hoosiers.


With five minutes left in the second/final OT, IU's Kelly Lawrence lined up for a 30-yard direct kick and tapped the ball to her right. Kotynski ran onto the short pass and one-timed a blast that ripped into the upper-right corner for her second dramatic goal of the game (104:21).


Kotynski has played in all seven games this season, with four starts in the midfield, helping IU compile a 6-1-0 start (the lone loss came on Sept. 13, 2-1 vs. current nationally-ranked team St. John's). Her seven points this season include an assist in the season opener vs. Wright State (2-0) and the game-winning goal (off the bench) in the 2-1 game at Mercer.


A battle-tested veteran who has yet to miss a game in her IU career (69 GP/66 GS), Kotynski (Hudson HS) has totaled 35 career points with the Hoosiers (13G-9A) – with five of her scores being gamewinning goals. The elementary education major earned Freshman All-America and all-Big Ten honors as a freshman, when two of her four goals were gamewinners. As a sophomore in '07 (5G-5A), she recorded a pair of assists vs. eventual NCAA champion USC and was IU's nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Her lone goal as a junior   (1G-3A) was a GWG, while one of her assists set up the gamewinner vs. Illinois.


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C.J. Ludemann (left) has been involved in clutch goals all season for St. John's, most notably in the 2-1 win over #22 Indiana (scored tying goal at '73, assisted on GWG at 76').

St. John's senior midfielder C.J. LUDEMANN (Hootsville, N.Y.)  – who has played in all five games this season but started only one – has totaled a team-best eight points this season (2G-4A), with most of those scoring sequences coming at key junctures. Most recently, the former Duke player scored the game-tying goal vs. #22 Indiana (Sept. 13) and then assisted on the eventual GWG three minutes later (2-1) – helping the Red Storm return to the national rankings.


Indiana scored early vs. St. John's (11') and held  its lead for 62 minutes of game time. That's when Tara Mendoza sent a pass from the leftside to Ludemann, who tapped the ball to her right (around a defender) and beat 'keeper Lindsay Campbell for the tying score ('73). A couple minutes later, Ludemann touched a pass to Sarah McGrath, who faked a shot and sent the ball on to Kaitlin Haas for the go-ahead goal.


Ludemann – who played 63 minutes vs. Indiana (after logging 56 two days earlier, in a 1-0 win over Long Island) – provided the corner-kick service on Valla Barsley's overtime header GWG in the 1-0 season opener, at Cal State Fullerton (94'). Two days later, she added another game-winning assist on a cross to Raelynne Lee, who finished her chance (77') in the upset win at nationally-ranked USC (2-1). Later in the season, Ludemann buried a penalty kick and added an assist in the 2-0 win over New Hampshire.


During her three-plus seasons of college soccer, Ludemann has totaled 36 career points (9G-18A) while appearing in 67 games (37 GS). She totaled 2G-3A with a GWG during her junior season with St. John's (18 GP/13 GS), after transferring from Duke. She appeared in 21 games (1 GS; 1A) as a freshman with the '07 Blue Devils before totaling 18 points (5G-8A, 2 GWG) as a starter for Duke's 2008 team that advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals (23 GP/22 GS).


Ludemann – an All-American during her prep days at St. Anthony's High School – played with the U.S. Under-16 and U-17 national teams, along with the Commack ISA club team. She is a second-generation college athlete, as her father Russell Ludemann played football at Eastern Illinois.

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Rookie starter Bry McCarthy (left) scored in the clutch at #9 Virginia, as West Virginia earned a draw with its regional rival.


West Virgina freshman forward BRY McCARTY  (Ajax, Ontario) has started all season for the Mountaineers, with her season highlight coming on Sept. 11 at 9th-ranked Virginia. With nearly 2,800 fans cheering on the Cavaliers, McCarthy delivered when the pressure was on – with her goal in the 85th minute ultimately producing a 1-1 tie vs. a Cavaliers program that has battled WVU many times over the past few seasons.


An explosive goalscorer who has played with Canada's Under-17 National Team and the Oshawa Kicks club team, McCarthy also scored earlier this season to cap the 4-0 win over Duquesne. She logged 74 minutes in the showdown vs. Virginia, which saw the tying goal come after a couple of near-miss shots in front of Cavaliers goalkeeper Chantel Jones.


Meghan Lewis started the tying sequence with a 22-yard blast that banged off the near post. McCarthy followed with a strong rebound try that glanced off the other post – but the third shot was a charm, as she sent her own deflected shot back into the net for the tying goal. 

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Mariah Nogueira (left) – shown heading in her first career goal, vs. #7 Notre Dame (2-0) – helped Stanford's defensive group have a strong weekend in wins over ND and #9 Purdue (2-1).


Stanford freshman MARIAH NOGUEIRA (Westminster, Calif.) – who has emerged as the team's regular defensive midfielder – played a key role in the Cardinal's statement weekend vs. #9 Purdue (2-1) and #7 Notre Dame (2-0). Stanford emerged from the weekend having allowed only 14 combined shots, six shots on goal and five corner kicks spanning the pair of games vs. top-10 opponents. Nogueira's header (her first goal of the season) opened the scoring early in the second half vs. Notre Dame, as the Cardinal went on to avenge their loss in the 2008 NCAA semifinals.


Nogueira and her teammates recovered from an early deficit (4') in the Purdue game, as the Cardinal did not allow a shot on goal or corner kick in the second half. The Boilermakers – who managed only one shot (off-frame) after halftime – ended the game with only seven total shots, four SOG and a pair of corners (compared to 19 shots, 7 SOG and 6 CKs for the home team).


Two days later (Sept. 13), Stanford and ND were locked in a scoreless battle when senior All-America forward Kelley O'Hara was fouled to set up a free kick in Cardinal's attacking third. Teresa Noyola provided the set-play service and Noyola redirected the ball with her head, giving Stanford the game's first goal (56'). The Cardinal went on to finish with a 16-7 shot edge, plus 6-2 in shots on goal and 3-3 in corner kicks.


Stanford repeatedly has worn down its opponents in the second half this season, with a dominating 19-4 scoring edge after the intermission (compared to only a 4-2 margin in the first half). In addition to their 23-4 scoring margin for the season, the Cardinals also have outshot the opposition 181-35 (83-15 SOG) while attempting nearly four times as many corners as the opponent (46-12). Stanford is allowing  0.86 goals per game, also limiting the opposition to 5.0 shots, 2.1 SOG and 1.7 CKs per game.


The 5-foot-8 Nogueira – noted for her physical presence, strong play in the air and field vision – came off the bench in the season opener at Hawaii but has been in the starting lineup in Stanford's other six wins. Her three assists have come in the win at Hawaii (6-2), in the comeback vs. San Diego State (5-2) and in the 1-0 defensive battle at UNC Greensboro. Nogueir's game-tying assist vs. SDSU (trailed 0-2) led to Noyola's goal, while Lindsay Taylor sent home Nogueira's rebounded shot (52') to edge the stingy UNCG squad.


Nogueira earned All-America honors during her pre-college days, while playing for Marina High School and the Slammers club team that has produced numerous top Division I players. Her diverse skills off the field include playing the ukelele.

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Kelley O'Hara (left) flashed her All-America flair with two goals in Stanford's comeback win vs. #9 Purdue (2-1) and an assist vs. #7 Notre Dame (2-0).


Stanford senior forward KELLEY O'HARA (Fayetteville, Ga.) added to her tremendous career in a pair of games vs. top-10 teams, as her two goals sparked the Cardinal to a 2-1 comeback win over #9 Purdue before she added an assist in a 2-0 win over #7 Notre Dame. Through seven games this season, O'Hara has totaled a team-best 19 points (8G-3A) – including four gamewinning goals.


Purdue went up early on Stanford (4') but held the lead for only 13 minutes. A long outlet pass from Stanford pulled Jenny Bradfisch out of the Purdue goal and the 'keeper tried to box the ball away – but junior Christen Press instead collected the ball and tapped a pass to O'Hara for the tying goal (17').


The game still was tied in the final 20 minutes of regulation, with O'Hara scoring again for her 16th career gamewinner. Stanford 'keeper set up the sequence with a booming punt, followed by Lindsay Taylor's flick. O'Hara took possession and slipped past defender Liz Secue – with the ensuing trip setting up a penalty kick that was buried into the lower-left corner (73').


Two days later vs. ND (Sept. 13), the game was scoreless early in the second half before Stanford scored twice in a three-minute span. O'Hara earned an assist when her shot deflected to Press, whose one-timer found the net to provide the final margin (2-0; 58').


O'Hara already has posted three two-goal games this season, including the opener at Hawaii (6-2) and the tough game at Cal Poly (2-1). She also scored the gamewinner vs. San Diego State (5-2) and assisted on the next goal, as Stanford completed a quick comeback after a 2-0 deficit. Her other points this season (first goal; assist on second) came in the 5-0 win over Virginia Tech, played at UNC Greensboro (the 1-0 win over UNCG is the only game this season in which O'Hara has not registered a point).


Following her five-point weekend in mid-September, O'Hara now has an even 100 career points (39G-22A) in 68 games with Stanford (61 GS). She ranks fifth in the Stanford record-book for career assists, sixth in goals and six in points – behind Sarah Rafanelli (152), Julie Foudy (137), Erin Martin (126), Marcie Ward (124) and Marcia Wallis (118). O'Hara and Press (30G-21A) both are close to reaching the 25G-25A career milestone, a distinction owned by only four previous Stanford players: Rafanelli (59G-34A), Foudy (52G-33A), Martin (49G-28A) and Ward (42G-40A; one of 40 all-time D-I w-soccer players in the "40-40" club).


O'Hara – who has one of the more unique majors ("science, technology and society" with an emphasis in "environmental engineering and design") – earned all-Pac-10 honors as a freshman (9G-2A, 2 GWG; 17 GP/14 GS), with her season highlight coming in an NCAA Tournament win over USC (2G). She followed up with All-America honors in 2007 (9G-5A, 4 GWG; 20 GP/18 GS) – with noteworthy scores vs. UConn (1-0; 80th-minute GWG) and Notre Dame (scored in 2-1 comeback). Her All-America junior season (13G-12A, 6 GWG; 24 GP/23 GS) included scoring in the 87th minute vs. North Carolina (1-1 final) and scoring go-ahead goals in the NCAAs vs. Kansas and Rutgers.


A member of various U.S. national teams over the years (U-17/20/21/23, and even has trained with the full national team), O'Hara was a youth All-American at  Starr's Mill High School while also playing for the Peachtree City Lazers club team.

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Veronica Perez (left) rediscovered her scoring touch in the 83rd minute, as Washington knocked off #12 Illinois (1-0).


Washington senior forward VERONICA PEREZ (San Mateo, Calif.) scored 13 goals as a junior in 2008, but she entered last weekend with only one goal in the '09 season. Her goal total doubled late in the game vs. Illinois on Sept. 13, as Perez scored in the 83rd minute for a 1-0 win over the 1th-ranked Illini. Junior McKenna Waitley provided the thru-ball that set up the late goalscoring chance, with Perez dribbling around the 'keeper Alexandra Kapicka and scoring into the open net (helping offset a 1-0 loss to Miami two days earlier, when the Hurricanes also scored in the 83rd minute).


The crafty Perez earlier scored the tying goal vs. Seattle in the season opener (2-1) and added an assist on the first goal vs. Columbia (3-0). She has totaled 43 career points (17G-9A) in 67 games with UW (54 starts). Perez scored only twice in her first two seasons before turning in an all-Pac-10 season in 2008 (13G-5A), when nearly half of her goals (6) held up as gamewinners. Her junior-year highlights included 1G-1A vs. then-#9 USC (3-2 OT loss), scoring the tying and winning goals in the final 15 minutes vs. then-#13 California (3-2), and scoring to force overtime vs. LSU in the NCAAs (3-2 win).


Known for her ability to hold the ball and strong finishing skills with both feet, Perez has played with Mexico's U-23 squad and full national team. In her prep-soccer days, she played two seasons at Crystal Springs Uplands HS before focusing on club soccer with the elite Pleasanton Rage. Perez is on pace to graduate from UW a semester early and has hopes to compete next year in the WPS.


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Kelsey Quick (left) set up the Dartmouth goal that beat #112 West Virginia (1-0).


Dartmouth senior midfielder KELSEY QUICK (Bernardsville, N.J.) rose to the occasion early in the second half vs. #12 West Virginia, after making a composed run down the right side in the 57th minute. When the defense began to converge on her, Quick sent a pass into the center of the field – with Aly O'Dea then beating the WVU 'keeper Kerri Butler for the game's only score.


Quick has started all four games this season, with an earlier assist on Dartmouth's first goal of the year (in 3-1 win over Maine. The '09 team captain has logged 50 career games with the Green Wave (4G-10A). In each of the previous seasons, Quick played a role in key goals vs. Boston University (gamewinning assist in '06, gametying goal in '07 and gametying goal in '08). She earned all-Ivy League honors as a junior in '08 (3G-4A), with a goal in the 1-1 tie vs. then-#25 Harvard.


A graduate of Oak Knoll HS, Quick is a second-generation college athlete – as her mother Eileen Quick played field hockey at Fairfield.


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Aline Reis (left) returned from injury to stand tall in goal vs. #4 Florida State, making nine saves in Central Florida's OT win.


Central Florida junior goalkeeper ALINE REIS  (Campinas, Brazil) had been sidelined for two games before returning to action for the big game vs. #4 Florida State on Sept. 10. Despite facing one of the nation's most potent offenses, Reis was up to the task and stopped all nine shots she faced (including two huge saves late in regulation) – as UCF posted the dramatic overtime win (1-0).


Reis –  a product of the Guarani FC club team – has made five starts this season, with a 3-1-0 record, a 1.07 goals-against avg. and 20 saves. She redshirted as a freshman in 2007 (due to injury) and then earned All-America honors in '08, with a 1.26 GAA, .793 save pct., 13-6-3 record and 107 saves in 22 games played (21 starts) Her most noteworthy games in that season included an eight-save shutout vs. #19 Florida, a four-save shutout of #17 Illinois, nine saves in the Conference USA semifinals vs. Memphis, and six clutch saves in the NCAA Tournament win over Miami.


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Brooke Thigpen (left) made a big impact off the benh in Florida's wins over Duke (2-1) and #23 Colorado (3-1), totaling a goal and two assists in those games.


Florida freshman midfielder BROOKE THIGPEN (Jacksonville, Fla.) emerged as one of UF's top young players in mid-Sept., after helping knock off a pair of top opponents. In the Sept. 11 win over Duke (2-1), The talented reserve was part of a four-player combination play that opened the scoring late in the first half (42'). 'Keeper Katie Fraine provided the long free-kick service and Thigpen then knocked the ball into the air (near the top of the box). Tahnai Annis followed with a header to the right side and Lindsay Thompson struck a running one-touch shot into the goal from six yards out.


Duke quickly tied the score, but Thigpen scored the gamewinner in the 64th minute. Kayla Bala made a move towards the right endline before sending a cross into the goalmouth – where Thigpen was perfectly positioned for the six-yard tap-in goal.


Two days later vs. Colorado, Thigpen was inserted into the starting lineup and helped end a scoreless game early in the second half (48'). Her pass set up a goal from fellow freshman Erika Tymrak – whose rising shot glanced off the hands of 'keeper Kara Linderdamp and sailed under the crossbar. 


Thigpen – a youth All-American while playing at The Bolles School and with the Jacksonville Fury club – also scored in the '09 season opener, capping Florida's 3-0 win over Florida International.


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Katy Van Lieshout (left) scored on a long free kick for Denver's late gamewinning goal vs. #16 Kansas (2-1).


Denver freshman midfielder KATY VAN LIESHOUT  (Boulder, Colo.) is one of several newcomers who have played key roles for the Pioneers this season. Most notably, Van Lieshout provided the winning goal vs. #16 Kansas on Sept. 11 (@Colorado College). Roughly five minutes before the end of regulation, she lined up for a free kick from 28 yards out and struck a shot that carried through traffic and skidded to the right of 'keeper Julie Hanley for the final margin (2-1) – giving KU its first deficit of the 2009 season and avenging DU's loss to the Jayhawks in the 2008 NCAAs.


Van Lieshout – a product of Boulder High School and the Real Colorado club team – has started all seven game this season and opened the scoring in DU's earlier win over St. Mary's (2-1).


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Allie Vernon (left) made the most of her first start for Santa Clara, assisting on a quick goal and adding the clinching score vs. #9 Purdue (3-1).


Santa Clara freshman midfielder ALLIE VERNON  (Homer Glen, Ill.) was one of the nation's top-ranked recruits and she proved her worth at SCU's home tournament, during wins over #7 Notre Dame (2-0) and #9 Purdue (3-1; Sept. 13). Vernon – who saw her first action of the season in the win over ND – was inserted into the starting lineup vs. Purdue and responded with an assist in the third minute of play, later adding the clinching goal in the closing minutes.


In the third minute of the Purdue game, Vernon played a thru-ball that set up Anessa Patton's floated shot over 'keeper Jenny Bradfisch. Purdue tied the game 12 minutes later and SCU reclaimed the lead – with Vernon later scoring in the 82nd minute for the final margin. Lexi Orand's spinning move in the box drew the attention of Bradfisch and the Purdue defenders, with Vernon then running onto the ensuing slide pass and one-timing her first goal in a SCU uniform.


A member of various U.S. youth national teams (including the U-20s), Vernon was rated by ESPN Rise as the nation's #13 recruit (fourth among midfielders) for the 2009 season. She was a three-year youth All-American, while playing for Lockport Township High School and several top club programs (Eclipse Select, NSA Premier and the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy.


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Natalie Vinti (left) helped San Diego return to the national rankings, with the tying goal in a 2-1 comeback win over #13 Rutgers and the only goal vs. Brown (1-0).


San Diego senior defender  NATALIE VINTI (San Diego, Calif.) has started all 71 games for USD spanning the past four seasons, emerging a a leader on the back line. Vinti – who also has experience playing in the midfielder – showed her offensive flair in the mid-September wins over #13 Rutgers (2-1) and Brown (1-0).


Rutgers claimed a 1-0 lead early in the second half and the Scarlet Knights were 15 minutes away from victory when Vinti cashed in a give-and-go sequence with Sierra Ferreira – a 28-yard blast that tied the game in the 76th minute (USD went on to win in regulation).


Two days later vs. Brown, Vinti struck again to help avoid what would have been a negative result against the Bears. With possession in USD's defensive third, the ball cycled from Hallie Huston to Stephanie Ochs and on to Vinti, who then showed her speed and dribbling skills with a 90-yard sprint around and through the Brown defense (she converted a sidefooted shot past 'keeper Steffi Yellin, for the game's only goal). 


Vinti – who assisted on USD's first goal of the season (vs. CS Northridge, 3-0) – has totaled 16 points in her USD career (4G-8A), including 2G-4A while splitting time in the midfield and defense as a freshman (when she had 1G-1A vs. then-#19 CS Fullerton). She earned all-West Coast Conference honors in 2007 and again in '08 (3A), as part of a USD defense that posted a 0.69 season goals-against avg. in '07 (noteworthy shutouts of #6 UCLA and #5 Santa Clara) and a 0.75 GAA in '08 (13 shutouts).


A former standout at Cathedral Catholic High School and with the elite San Diego Surf club team, Vinti also earned a starting midfielder role with the Mexican National Team during 2008 Olympic qualifying.


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Nikki Washington (left) scored in the 82nd minute end UNC's scoreless game with #15 Texas A&M (2-0 win).


North Carolina senior midfielder NIKKI WASHINGTON (Mesquite, Texas) ranks as one of UNC's top offensive players and she showed those finishing skills late in the game vs. #15 Texas A&M by scoring to halt a scoreless stalemate (the Tar Heels went on to win, 2-0).


A versatile and speedy attacking player who also has started at forward during her UNC career, Washington has served as the starting right midfielder this season. Her goal vs. A&M was setup by a pass down the left side from Ali Hawkins to Tobin Heath, who dribbled towards the defense before flaring a pass to the right. Washington connected with the ball in stride and buried her shot inside the near-right post, beating 'keeper Kristin Arnold for the 1-0 lead.


Washington's seven points this season (2G-3A) have included a pair of assists vs. Central Florida (4-0), the game's only goal (57') in a defensive battle at UNC Greensboro, and an assist in the 6-0 win at Notre Dame. She has totaled 62 points (17G-28A) in 76 career game with the Tar Heels (64 GS), highlighted by several gamewinning goals and assists.


A Freshman All-American in 2006 (3G-9A), Washington tied an NCAA record for games started in a season (28). Her clutch plays included the gamewinning goal vs. Texas A&M in the NCAA quarterfinals (3-2), gamewinning assists vs. UConn, Portland, Boston College and Navy (NCAAs), and an assist in the NCAA third round vs. Tennessee (UNC went on to win the '06 NCAA title).  


Washington's sophomore season (7G-7A, as forward) included being named MVP of the '07 ACC Tournament (goals in all three games), plus gamewinning assists on overtime goals vs. Boston College and Virginia, and 1G-1A vs. UNC Greensboro in the NCAA third round. Her junior-year highlights (5G-9A) then included 2G-1A vs. Santa Clara, the gamewinning goal vs. Tennessee (1-0), gamewinning assists vs. Wake Forest and BC, and the gamewinning goal vs. BC in the '08 ACC semifinals.


Due to her commitments with the U.S. Under-20 National Team (which won the U-20 World Championship, in Chile), Washington missed all of the '08 NCAA Tournament. She played previously with the U.S. U-16 and U-17 teams and now is a member of the U-23 national team. 


Washington – who graduated a year early from Spring Creek Academy in order to attend UNC – was a three-time youth All-American and served as captain for the prestigious Dallas Texans club team ('04 national semifinalist). She is the second member of her family to play college soccer, as her brother competed for the Swarthmore men's team. 

 

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Courtney Whidden (left) turned in a clutch overtime goal to give Central Florida a 1-0 victory over #4 Florida State,


Central Florida senior forward COURTNEY WHIDDEN (Palm Harbor, Fla.) had scored 25 goals during her UCF career, but the biggest score of her career came on Sept. 10 when her late overtime strike beat #4 Florida State (1-0). With five minutes left in the second and final OT, UCF's Becca Thomas struck a leftside free kick and Whidden fought for position near the far-post, where she connected for a header and the dramatic gamewinning goal (104:59).


Two weeks earlier, Whidden had a similar primetime moment as UCF rallied to beat Duke (nationally-ranked at the time), 3-2. Whidden's pair of goals (48'/76') gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead in that game, while teammate Stacie Hubbard (a CS360 Primetime Performer) delivered the gamewinner in the 87th minute. 


Whidden – who also had a goal and assist earlier this season vs. Florida International (5-0) – has appeared in 69 career games with UCF (45 starts). Her freshman season (3G-1A0 included and assist and OT goal vs. then-#15 SMU while her sophomore-year highlights (13G-2A, 5 GWGs) featured a gamewinning score vs. Minnesota and a goal vs. then-#11 FSU. Whidden (a product of Palm Harbor University HS and the Countryside Lightning club team) also had three GWGs in '08, with 6G-1A overall.

 editor@collegesoccer360.com