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CLICK HERE  for the second week of CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 8).
CLICK HERE  for the third week of CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 15).
(see release below for the current release, Primetime Performers #4)

Note: player tribute capsules have been added to this release for all 18 players (list of honorees below, for Sept. 14-20)


CS360's PRIMETIME PERFORMERS

OF THE WEEK (#4; Sept. 14-20)

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


Julie Armstrong  (Oregon ... Fr./F ... Delta, BC)

Played lead role (1G-2A) in win over #28 Denver

Kiki Bosio  (Santa Clara ... Sr./F ... Mission Viejo, CA)

Beat #33 Colorado on OT header (99'), also had 2A vs. Wisconsin (2-1)

Monique Budani  (Eastern Michigan ... Sr./G ... Whitby, Ontario)

Made 9 saves in 1-1 game with #16 Michigan State 

Monica Dolinsky  (Kansas ... Sr./M ... Carmel, IN)

Assisted on two goals in 5-0 win over #23 San Diego 

Jessica Fuccello  (Penn ... Sr./F ... Bricktown, NJ)

Posted hat trick in 8 min. to erase 0-3 deficit vs. #28 Georgetown

Kayla Grimsley  (South Carolina ... So./F ... Lakeland, FL)

Scored to beat #20 UCF, 1-0  (also scored vs. South Alabama; 6-1)

Sarah Hagen  (Milwaukee ... So./F ... Appleton, WI)

Scored on free kick for tie at #14 Purdue (1-1)

Becca Herrera  (Texas A&M ... So./D ... Aurora, CO)

Assisted on first foal and led defensive effort vs. potent #2 Portland (3-1; allowed only 6 SOG)

Whitney Hooper  (Texas A&M ... Jr./F ... Houston, TX)

Scored twice in 3-1 win over #2 Portland (also 1G vs. Sam Houston, 4-0)

Amy Howard  (Auburn ... Fr./G ... Mandeville, LA)

Stopped all 12 shots she faced in scoreless game vs. #1 North Carolina

Sam Johnson  (USC ... Fr./F ... Palmdale, CA)

Scored only goal of the game in win at #19 Oklahoma State (1-0)

Ashley Jones  (Rutgers ... Jr./F ... Feasterville, PA)

Scored in OT to beat Seton Hall and twice more at another in-state rival, Princeton (both 2-1)

Morie Kephart  (Pittsburgh ... Jr./G ... State College, PA)

Made 9 saves in tie with BIG EAST rival and #21 West Virginia (1-1)

Kristina Larsen  (UCLA ... Sr./F ... Mission Viejo, CA)

Scored twice in 5-0 win over Missouri (also helped beat Utah, 6-1)

Toni Pressley  (Florida State ... So./D ... Melbourne, FL)

Scored OT goal (98') to beat #9 Florida (also helped allow only 2 SOG)

Katherine Reynolds  (Santa Clara ... Sr./D ... Medina, WA)

Veteran defensive leader who helped limit #33 Colorado to 3 shots, no SOG & 3 CK (1-0)

Ali Riley  (Stanford ... Sr./D ... Pacific Palisades, CA)

Opened scoring on skillful goal vs. #33 Colorado (4-0);
helped hold CU and Wisconsin to 13 combined shots, 2 SOG and 3 CKs

Courtney Wetzel  (Oregon State ... Jr./D ... Pullayup, WA)

Scored tying goal vs. #28 Denver (team went on to 3-1 win)


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


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Sept. 22, 2009                                 contact: Pete LaFeur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week #4 (Sept. 14-20)


The third week of September again provided many noteworthy performances in key moments throughout the nation, with 18 of them honored by CollegeSoccer360.com as the fourth 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 fourth 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 nine forwards, one midfielder, five defenders and three goalkeepers. They come from 16 different teams (two each from Santa Clara and Treas A&M) and four of them are California natives, plus two each from Florida, Pennsylvania and Washington, along with one each from British Columbia, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, Ontario, Texas and Wisconsin. The 18 include seven seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.


Santa Clara and Stanford each have produced five Primetime Performer honorees spanning the past four weeks, followed by four from North Carolina and three each from BYU, UCF, Portland and Florida State. Santa Clara sixth-year defender Jordan Angeli (also honored the previous week), BYU freshman forward Carlee Payne and Rutgers junior forward Ashley Jones each 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) follow below.


Note: player tribute capsules (with action photos) have been 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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Canadian National Teamer Julie Armstrong (left) has played a key role in Oregon's rise into the national rankings.


Oregon freshman forward JULIE ARMSTRONG (Delta, British Columbia) – who signed with the Ducks in 2008 but delayed her enrollment due to commitments with the Canadian Under-20 National Team – has made an immediate impact in the Oregon lineup, most recently in the 4-1 win over Denver (when she scored and assisted on two other goals). Armstrong enters the midseason as Oregon's second-leading scorer with nine points (2G-5A), including two gamewinning assists earlier in the season.


Armstrong's deflected shot set up the first goal (14') vs. a Denver team that was ranked as high as #21 in the national polls (Sept. 18). After taking a pass from Jen Stoltenberg (a CS360 Primetimer Performer honoree two weeks earlier), Armstrong fired a shot that rolled over 'keeper Lara Campbell and led to an easy tap-in goal for Teresa Bowns.


Early in the second half (54'), Armstrong switched fields with a long cross to the right – connecting with Bowns, who then beat the 'keeper with a low shot inside the far-left pot. Armstrong capped the win by scoring in the 87th minute, on a sequence built up by passes from Bree Rower and Taylor Jones (Armstrong then sent a 20-yard chip shot over Campbell for the 4-1 final).


Two days later, Armstrong helped Oregon outlast Dartmouth (1-0) and ultimately crack the national rankings for the first time this season. The Ducks are 6-1-1, with their only loss coming to national power Portland in the season opener.


Armstrong assisted on gamewinning goals earlier this season at Fresno State (2-0) and vs. Seattle (1-0, goal by Stoltenberg). She also played a key role in the 3-2 win over Loyola Marymount, recording and assist on the first goal before scoring her first goal of the season for a 2-0 lead in that game.


In addition to helping her Canadian team win the 2008 Under-20 World Championship (in Puebla, Mexico), Armstrong also has played several games with Canada's full National Team. She was a three-sport athlete at Delta Secondary School while also playing with the Vancouver Whitecaps (one of Canada's elite soccer clubs) and Surrey United Metro.


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Kiki Bosio (left) fueled Santa Clara's rise up the rankings with two assists vs. Wisconsin (2-1) and the overtime goal vs. nationally-ranked Colorado (1-0).


Santa Clara senior forward KIKI BOSIO (Mission Viejo, Calif.) – a two-year captain and four-year starter with the Broncos – provided valuable offensive leadership in SCU's recent wins over Wisconsin (2-0) and nationally-ranked Colorado (1-0/OT). Bosio assisted on both goals vs. the Badgers and the scored in OT vs. the Buffaloes, as Santa Clara continued to creep near the top-10 in the national rankings.


A dangerous offensive talent whose diverse talents include a flip-throw-in, Bosio initiated the first goal vs. Wisconsin (9/11) on a pass to Maxine Goynes, who then found Lexi Orand racing free on the right side (the 34th-minute goal came on a rising shot from Orand). A couple minutes later, Bosio's thru-ball sprung Goynes – who beat 'keeper Michelle Dalton for the 2-0 lead.


Two days later, Santa Clara dominated Colorado before finally scoring late in the first OT (98:09). Olivia Klei provided the corner-kick service and Bosio snapped her header shot ino the lower-left corner to end the game. Bosio leads the Broncos in scoring (2G-3A), including two gamewinning goals and a pair of GW assists. She scored the team's first goal of the season (in 4-0 win at San Jose State) and later assisted on a goal by Jordan Angeli (a two-time CS360 Primetime Performer this season) that opened the scoring vs. then-#7 Notre Dame (2-0).


Bosio has totaled 44 career points (13G-18A) in 65 career games with Santa Clara (62 stats), including an injury-slowed junior season in 2008 (1G-1A, 14 GS; knee injury). Her Freshman All-America season in '06 (3G-8A; 21 GP/19 GS) included noteworthy efforts at then-#3 UCLA (first career goal), vs. Portland (GWG; 3-2). vs. Stanford (2A), at Notre Dame (1A) and vs. Wake Forest (GWA). She followed with all-region honors as a sophomore (also repeated as all-West Coast Conference selection), when her 7G-6A including the gametying assists at then-#20 Missouri and 2G-1A to help knock off then-#2 ND.


A current member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team (also previously with the U-17s and U-19s), Bosio played club soccer with the Southern California Blues and the Laguna Eclipse ('05 national champions; she also was a national champ in '02). She played soccer for three seasons at Santa Margarita Catholic High School before formally graduating a semester early from Capistrano Valley HS. She followed in the footsteps of her sister Danielle, who also played soccer in the WCC (at Pepperdine).


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Monique Budani (left) saved nine of the 10 shots she faced as Eastern Michigan tied #16 Michigan State (1-1).


Eastern Michigan senior goalkeeper MONIQUE BUDANI  (Whitby, Ontario) had been platooning with junior Maggie Manville this season and Budani was called on for the big game vs. #16 Michigan State (Sept. 20, two days after Manville had allowed two late goals in a 2-1 loss to IUPUI). Budani proved up to the task vs. the Spartans, totaling nine saves as the Eagles posted a 1-1 tie against an undefeated MSU team that had been averaging nearly three goals per game this season.


EMU cashed in an early breakaway before MSU tied the game on a 70th-minute goal by All-American Laura Heyboer, one of the nation's top goalscorers during the 2008 season. Budani and the rest of the Eagles defense weathered the storm through the 110 minutes, as the Spartans launched a total of 33 shots.


Budani – who has a year of eligibility remaining after 2008 – has started five games this season, with 27 saves and five goals allowed (1.18 goals-against avg.). She started all 18 games for EMU as a freshman in 2006 (1.10 GAA) while posting the second-best save pct. (.845) in the program's history. She missed the '07 season due to injury before starting 10 games in in 2008, when she led the Mid-American Conference in GAA (0.58) and save pct. (.902) while earning a spot on the MAC All-Tournament team.


A pre-med/biology major, Budani previously attended Sinclair Secondar in her native Ontatio and played for the Vaughan Shooters club team that won the 2005 Canada Cup.


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Monica Dolinsky (left) became the career assist leader for Kansas (25), after setting up a pair of goals in KU's 5-0 rout of #23 San Diego.


Kansas senior midfielder MONICA DOLINSKY  (Carmel, Ind.) ranks as one of the top offensive players in KU history and she proved her worth on Sept. 18, as the Jayhawks dominated #23 San Diego in a 5-0 victory. Dolinsky assisted on the first and third goals vs. USD and also scored two days later in a 4-0 win over San Diego State.


Dolinsky had the primary assist on the first goal against San Diego, after receivng an arching pass from Whitey Berry. Dolinsky deflected the ball near the top of the box and Emily Cressy finished her chance for the early lead (9'). Midway through the second half, Dolinksy found herself in front of heavy traffic and alertly crossed the ball to Caitlin Noble for a tap-in goal and the 3-0 lead.


A starter in all nine games this season, Dolinsky ranks second on the team with 11 points (3G-5A) – including an assist on the eventual gamewinning goal vs. Pepperdine (2-0; won 2-1). She also opened the scoring and assisted on the third goal vs. Long Beach State (3-1 win) before assisting on the opening goal and then scoring the GWG (2-1) vs. Rhode Island (3-1 final).


Dolinsky has totaled 54 career points (17G-20A) in 62 career games with Kansas (55 GS), leaving her three goals shy of joining former Al-American Caroline Smith as the only KU players to reach 20 goals and 20 assists in their careers. As a freshman in 2006 (6G-5A), Dolinsky earned a spot on the Big 12 Conference all-newcomer team – with her season highlights including the gametying goal and a gamewinning assist vs. then-#12 Duke, plus a 2G-2A game vs. league rival Missouri.


Her sophomore season (2G-5A) featured a goal and assist vs. Colorado (2-0), plus key assists vs. then-#3 Texas A&M, #23 Oklahoma State and Missouri. Dolinski was an NSCAA All-Central Region performer and first team all-Big 12 in 2008 (9G-10A). She scored against Auburn that season and went on to earn a spot on the Big 12 All-Tournament team, after posting 3A vs. Texas A&M and scoring vs. Missouri in the semifinals.


Dolinsky (Carmel HS) was a youth All-American while playing for the elite Carmel Cyclones club team ('07 national champs). 


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Jessica Fuccello (left) – one of the top scorers in Penn history – registered her second hat trick of the season vs. nationally-ranked Georgetown, erasing a 3-0 deficit in span of 8:23 (3-3 final).


University of Pennsylvania senior forward JESSICA FUCCELLO (Bricktown, N.J.) missed most of the 2008 season due to injury, after totaling 20 goals in her first two seasons with the Quakers. But Fuccello has returned in impressive fashion this season, totaling eight goals in six games played – including a 4G early-season display vs. LaSalle (5-2) and then a dramatic hat trick on Sept. 20 vs. nationally-ranked Georgetown (which entered the game 7-1-0, with seven shutouts).


Penn was staring at a 3-0 deficit late in the game vs. Georgetown before Fuccello scored three times in a span of 8:23. Michelle Drugan's cross set up the first Penn goal (77'), with Fuccello beating 'keeper Jackie Desjardins on a leftside shot to the far-post corner. Four minutes later, Fuccello cashed in a rightside pass from Erin Thayer for a 3-2 score. She completed the quick hat trick at the 84:36 mark, after Desjardins fumbled a free0kick shot from Laura Yu (Fuccello scored inside the post, from five yards out).


Earlier in the season, Fuccello scored the eventual gamewinner (2-0) vs. George Mason (3-1 final) before her huge game vs. a LaSalle team that was 4-0-1 with four shutouts. She was tackled in the box to set up Penn's first goal vs. LaSalle, on a PK, and then scored four of her own for the 5-2 final.


Fuccello – who now is tied for second in Penn history with 2 career goals – earned all-Ivy League honors as a freshman in 2006 (9G-5A), when her season highlights included gametying assist and gamewinning goal vs. UNC Greensboro (3-2), plus a goal vs. league power Harvard. One year later in '07 (11G-4A, 5 GWG), Fuccello collected unanimous first team all-Ivy honors and also was tabbed for the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region team. She scored the only goal of the game in the '07 game vs. Harvard, helping Penn claim the only outright Ivy League title in the history of the Quakers women's soccer program.


In addition to playing youth soccer at Brick Memorial High School, Fuccello is a product of the prestigious PDA Wildcats club team that won the 2003 national title (also '03 and '06 runner-up).

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Kayla Grimsley (left) extended her season-opening point streak to eight points, highlighted by the only goal of the game vs. #20 UCF.


South Carolina standout KAYLA GRIMSLEY (Lakeland,Fla.) was tabbed for preseason all-Southeastern Conference honors for a reason, it would seem, after posting points in all eight of her team's games this season (including a four-game goalscoring streak, also a South Carolina record). The sophomore forward's team-best 15 points ths season (7G-1A) include a clutch score on Sept. 18 vs. #20 Central Florida, giving the Gamewocks a 1-0 victory in that top-20 showdown.


Ellen Fahey's clear out of the back set up Grimsley's skillful goal vs. the Golden Knights (28'). With UCF All-America goalkeeper Aline Reis charging off her line, Grimsley used her speed to connect with Fahey's pass near the top of the penalty area and launch a header over the onrushing 'keeper (the ball continued into the net for the eventual gamewinner). It was South Carolina's first win over a ranked opponent since the 2007 SEC Tournament (2-0 vs. then'#15 Tennessee).


Grimsley – went on to score vs. South Alabama two days later (6-1), as the Gamecocks improved to 8-0-0 – scored in three earlier 2-0 victories this season: she capped the scoring vs. College of Charleston, scored the first goal vs. Western Carolina and capped yet another 2-0 win (vs. UNC Wilmington). She also scored the final goal vs. Louisville (3-0), assisted on the second score against Cincinnati (4-0) and had an unassisted goal in the 5-0 victory over in-state rival Clemson.


A second team all-SEC selection in 2008, Grimsley totaled 22 points (8G-6A) during that freshman season. Her '08 season highlights included the gamewinning goal vs. Marquette, assists vs. SEC top teams Tennessee and Georgia, and assists in both the SEC and NCAA tournaments.


A graduate of George W. Jenkins High School, Grimsley also was a member of the IMG Soccer Academy club team that was ranked #1 in the nation during 2008. Her sister Taryn also played college soccer, at Florida Southern.

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Sarah Hagen (left) scored the 28th goal of her young Milwaukee soccer career, in a 1-1 game at #14 Purdue.


Milwaukee sophomore forward SARA HAGEN (Appleton, Wis.) – who had a standout freshman season in 2008 (24 goals) – helped the Panthers post a solid result at Purdue on Sept. 18, scoring directly on a free kick to give her team the lead (1-1 final). She went on to score Milwaukee's lone goal at nationally-ranked Illinois (3-1 loss), yielding a team-best 11 points for the season (4G-3A).


Hagen's goal at Purdue came early in the second half (49'), as she lined up her free kick outsid the box and drove the ball inside the far post. Earlier in the season, Hagen had multiple-point games in the season opener vs. Michigan (6-0) and a 3-2 loss to nationally-ranked Minnesota. She assisted on the opening goal vs. Michigan, scored the second goal and added another assist (4-0) – before assisting on the tying goal vs. Minnesota (1-1) and scoring for the final margin in that game.


Hagen – who racked up 33 goals as a senior at Appleton North HS ('07) – earned Freshman All-America and NSCAA All-Region honors in 2008, after erupting for 54 points (24G-6A; 6 gamewinning goals). She opened the season with a seven-game point streak and had another seven-game streak later in the season, with her season highlights including: 2G (GWG) vs. Wisconsin, 1G-1A vs. Ohio State, 2G vs. Samford (first at 0:59), GWGs vs.Marquette, Boston Univ. and Northwestern, and a hat trick (plus an assist) in the Horizon League title game vs. Loyola Chicago (6-2).


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Becca Herrera (left) assisted on Texas A&M's first goal while helping lead a strong defensive effort in the 3-1 victory over #2-ranked Portland.


Texas A&M sophomore defender BECCA HERRERA (Aurora, Colo.) has emerged as one of the top defenders on the Aggies squad, most recently playing a key role in the 3-1 upset of #2 Portland. Herrera assisted on the first goal in that game while helping hold the potent Pilot attack to 12 total shots, six shots on goal and the lone score. Portland had entered the game averaging 3.1 goals, 17.0 shots and 9.0 shots-on-goal per game in its seven previous games during the '09 season.


Texas A&M – which had suffered upset losses earlier in the season vs. Purdue and California – was in need of a big win and delivered such a victory on Sept. 18 vs. Portland. Herrera's 34th-minute corner kick led to the opening goal, with Jen Kmezich's header glancing off the bottom of the crossbar and bouncing down past the goal line. Portland later cut the deficit to 2-1 early in the second half – but the Aggies went on to post the big win.


Herrera posted assists in three earlier games this season, setting up A&M's first goal of '09 vs. USC (3-0), adding an assist vs. Purdue for a 2-1 lead (3-2 loss), and assisting on the first goal vs. St. Mary's (2-1).


A Big 12 Conference All-Newcomer pick as a freshman, Herrera ranked second on the 2008 team with nine assists – most noteworthy vs. Wake Forest, Oklahoma (2A), Colorado and Florida (in NCAA third round). Her lone goal of the '08 season was a gamewinner, vs. Texas State in the NCAA first round.


A graduate of Grandview High School, Herrera also was a top player with the Real Colorado club team.

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Whitney Hooper (left) came to play vs. #2 Portland, scoring the second (GWG) and final goals of the game in Texas A&M's 3-1 victory.


Texas A&M junior forward WHITNEY HOOPER (Houston, Texas) showed her value as a finisher in the Sept. 18 game vs. #2 Portland, scoring a pair of clutch goals to spearhead the 3-1 upset. Hooped led an Aggies attack that uncorked 21 shots (12 on goal) in the game, the most shots allowed by Portland in a game this season.


Alyssa Mautz supplied the thru-ball on A&M's second goal vs. Portland, leading Hooper down the right side. Hooper slipped by her defender and cut inside before finishing on a far-post shot for the 2-0 lead (43'). 


Portland cut into the lead early in the second half, but Hooper struck again to restore the two-goal cushion. Rachel Shipley provided the pass from the top of the box, with Hooper making a turn and beating her defender before scoring for the 3-1 lead.


Hooper – who  went on to open the scoring two days later vs. Sam Houston State (4-0) – has one other goal this season, giving A&M a 2-0 lead vs. USC in the season opener (3-0). She also assisted on the Aggies' second goal in the 3-0 win over Texas-San Antonio.


A top reserve in 2007 (1G-4A), Hooper posted 1G-1A to lead the win over West Virginia (2-1) while also adding an assist vs. Missouri. She went on to be a starter in 2008 (6G-5A), with gamewinning goals vs. Indiana and Nebraska (2G; 2-0), plus a key goal vs. Washington in the NCAA second round.


Hooper (Klein-Forest HS) is a former member of the U.S. Under-17 and U-17 national teams, also playing for the Klein Challenge club program.


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Amy Howard (left) was under seige for much of Auburn's overtime game vs. #1 North Carolina – but the rookie saved all 12 shots she faced while also navigating her way through UNC's 40 total shots and 12 corner kicks (0-0 tie).


Auburn freshman goalkeeper AMY HOWARD (Mandeville, La.) faced a big challenge on Sept. 20, facing a top-ranked North Carolina team (at Duke) that had outscored its opponents 22-2 this season. Despite facing an onslaught from UNC for most of the game (40 shots, 12 corner kicks), Howard turned away all 12 shots she faced on frame – as Auburn emerged with a scoreless tie (two days after a heartbreaking, 2-1 loss to Duke in double-OT). The tie marked the first time that UNC had been shut out in regulation since early in the 2008 season (a 1-0 loss to Notre Dame).


Howard made several key saves in the first and second half – in addition to a diving stop of Alyssa Rich's overtime shot ('96) that would have given UNC the win. Her most noteworthy first-half saves included stopping a rebound chance in the 14th minute, snagging a Jessica McDonald header that came off a corner-kick sequence (22') and stopping another strong scoring chance by McDonald in the 30th minute.


During the second half, Howard tacked on several more key saves, including a stop of Ali Hawkins' header ('55) and a pair of prime scoring chances that were snuffed out in the 70th minute (Rich's point-blank shot and Tobin Heath's ensuing try from inside the penalty area.


Howard's effort vs. UNC was all the more noteworthy due to the airtight UNC defense on the other side of the field, as the Tar Heels allowed only four shots, two shots on goal and a pair of goals over the 10 minutes (while extending their shutout streak to 653 minutes). Following the tie vs. Duke, Howard – a product of Mandeville High School and the Mandeville Soccer Club Lakers – owned a 0.94 season goals-against avg. and .860 save pct. (49 SV/8 GA).

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Sam Johnson (left) – one of the nation's top-ranked incoming players for 2009 – struck the key shot in USC's game at #19 Oklahoma State, scoring shortly before halftime for the game's only goal.


USC freshman forward SAM JOHNSON (Palmdale, Calif.) started her college career as one of the nation's top-ranked recruits, but she had registered points in only one of the first games (while her team was struggling through a slow 3-3 start). That all changed on Sept. 18 at #19 Oklahoma State – as Johnson scored the game's only goal to knock off the Cowboys. The win took on added significance, as it was Oklahoma State's first loss at home to a non-conference opponent since the 2000 season (ending a 39-game home winning streak vs. non-Big 12 teams).


The goal, shortly before halftime, was set up by a long free kick from Karter Haug. Johnson tracked down the bouncing ball and drilled a shot from inside the penalty area, making her second goal of the season a memorable one. Two weeks earlier, Johnson had a hand in three scores vs. Cal State Fullerton (4-0) – as she assisted on the opening goal, scored the third and assisted again on the final score.


A regular member of various U.S. youth national teams (U-15s, 16s,  17s and 18s), Johnson was a three-time All-American while playing at Highlands High School (where she scored a school-record 104 career goals) and with the Real Soccer club team.


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Ashley Jones (left) has racked up several clutch goals this season, including the recent overtime strike vs. Seton Hall (1-0) and both goals in a 2-1 win at Princeton. 


Rutgers junior forward ASHLEY JONES (Feasterville, Pa.) returns to the CS360 Primetime Performers for the second time this season, after pushing her team-best point total to 17 (7G-3A). Jones scored a huge overtime goal to beat BIG EAST rival Seton Hall (1-0) and then scored twice more at another in-state rival (Prineceton, 2-0).


Stefanee Pace's lead pass down the middle of the field led to the goal vs. Seton Hall, in the 98th minute. Jones sped past the SHU defense and placed the game-ending shot past 'keeper Jennifer Pettigrew, into the lower right corner of the net.


Two days later (Sept. 20), Pace again assisted with a pass into the penalty area. Jones beat her defender and placed her shot over Princeton 'keeper Alyssa Pont into the upper right corner of the net (18'). Jones struck again in the 64th minute, after Pont had left her line to challenge (the speedy Jones maneuvered past the netminder and scored into the vacated goal).


Jones earlier assisted in the opener vs. UMBC (4-0) and had a clutch score in the 1-0 win over Penn State, after stealing the ball and beating All-America goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. She also scored scored vs. San Diego (2-1 loss, @Arizona) and led the 3-1 win over Arizona (2G-1A).


After shifting to the defense during her freshman season (20 GP/11 GS), Jones returned to the offense  in 2008 (4G-1A; 22 GP/21 GS). Her '08 highlights included gamewinning goals vs. Ohio State and Dayton – plus the goal that forced overtime vs. Penn State in the NCAA first round (RU won, 2-1).


Jones (Neshaminy HS) played during her pre-college days with the FC Bucks Cgarge (Southampton, Pa.) and Hughland Lightning (Sicklersville, N.J.) club teams.


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Morie Kephart (left) stopped 12 of the 13 shots she faced last week, including nine saves vs. BIG EAST rival West Virginia (1-1).


Pittsburgh junior goalkeeper MORIE KEPHART (State College, Pa.) has logged all 744 minutes in net for the Panthers this season while posting a strong 0.47 goals-against avg. and .881 save pct. (37 SV/5 GA). Kephart is coming off week in which she turned away 12 of the opponent shots on goal – most notably a nine-save effort in the 1-1 game with  nationally-ranked Wet Virginia (followed by four saves in the 4-0 win over St. Bonaventure).


West Virginia had tied the game in the 31st minute, but Kephart held strong over the final 79 minutes of game time. Her career-best nine saves including several diving plays and a pair of  game-saving stops in the second OT.


Kephart (a State College HS product) split time as a defender and goalkeeper with the Panthers as a freshman in 2007 before starting 18 games in goal durnig the '0 seasons – highlighted by a save-save game vs. Penn (when she also picked up an assist via a booming punt).

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Kristina Larsen (left) has emerged as a top scorer for UCLA, with  her six goals this season including two in the recent 5-0 win over Missouri.


UCLA senior forward KRISTINA LARSEN  (Mission Viejo, Calif.) has move into a starting forward spot with the Bruins this season, allowing All-American Lauren Cheney to play more in the midfield. Larsen – who also  was a regular starter as a freshman – ranks second on the team with 15 points (6G-3A), including a pair of goals in the 5-0 win over Big 12 co-favorite Missouri (two days after helping rout a solid Utah squad, 6-1).


Early in the physical game vs. Missouri (14'), Barnes struck for a quick 3-0 lead. A deflected sequence returned the ball to the corner for Jenna Belcher – who then crossed the ball to Larsen for a one-timer that beat 'keeper Tasha Dittamore.


Midway through the second half ('63), Larsen scored again after receiving a throw-in from Lauren Barnes, dribbling past the Tigers defense and slotting a nine-yard shot inside the near-right post. Earlier in the season, Barnes scored the tying goal vs. San Diego (1-1 final), had 1G-1A in the 3-0 win over yet another top opponent Florida, and scored twice vs. Gonzaga (2-0).


Larsen scored six times as a starter in 2006 (22 GP/19 GS), including a  score in her first game vs. #3 Penn State (she went on to earn Pac-10 Freshman Team honors). Her sophomore season (5G-1A; 23 GP/4 GS) included goals in the first three rounds of the NCAAs: vs. Cal State Fullerton, Oklahoma State and Virginia (tying score; won 2-1 in OT). Larsen then led UCLA in scoring with 13 goals in 2008 (5 GWGs, 4A; 25 GP/10 GS) – highlighted by two scores vs. defending NCAA champ USC (in front of nearly 8,00 fans at the L.A. Coliseum) and then another goal vs. USC in an NCAA round-of-16 victory.


A former member of the U.S. Under-17 National team, Larsen also was a three-time youth/prep All-American while playing for Mission Viejo HS and the Southern California Blues club team.

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Toni Pressley (left) scored the overtime goal vs. #9 Florida (1-0) while helping Florida State limit the Gators to a pair of shots on goal in the entire game.


Florida State sophomore defender TONI PRESSLEY (Melbourne, Fla.) – a converted forward – scored the big goal vs. Florida in the 93rd minute to beat Florida on Sept. 18 (1-0). Jessica Price’s long throw-in set the sequence in motion, with Lauren Switzer then sending a pass to Rachel Lim (a CS360 Primetime Performer earlier this season). Lim’s ensuing shot defleced off a Gator defender – but Pressley was in position eight yards out and one-time the rebound inside the right post for the sudden end to the 2009 edition of this intense in-state rivalry.


In addition to scoring her clutch goal, Pressley also helped the FSU defense limit Florida to only two shots in the game (plus nine total shots and six corner kicks). Earlier in the season, Pressley assisted on the second goal in FSU’s 4-1 win over nationally-ranked Washington State (she also had two-assists efforts in a pair of 8-0 wins, vs. South Alabama and UAB).


Pressley’s freshman season in 2008 (4G-1A; 23 GP/4 GS) included scoring vs. Duke and scoring the gamewinner on a header vs. Wake Forest. She has trained with the U.S. Under-20 National Team (after previously playing with the U-17s and U-18s) and was a two-time prep/youth All-American while playing with the Space Coast United club team and the West Shore High School squad.


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Katherine Reynolds (left) – yet another converted forward – led a Santa Clara defense that shutdown nationally-ranked Colorado to the tune of allowing no shots on goal and only three corner kicks (1-0).


Santa Clara senior defender KATHERINE REYNOLDS  (Medina, Wash.) and the rest of the SCU defense bottled up the Colorado offense on Sept. 20, yielding no shots on goal while limiting CU to three total shots and three corner kicks – as the Broncos’ lone goal was good enough for the win (1-0). Two days earlier vs. Wisconsin (2-1), the SCU defense nearly posted a shutout (goal in 89th minute) while limiting the Badgers to three shots on goal (nine total shots) and four corners,


Reynolds (University Prep/Eastside F.C. club) – who assisted on SCU’s first goal of year (in the 4-0 win at San Jose State) – is a key part of the Broncos defense that has allowed only six goals in seven games this season while holding the opposition to 5.4 shots, 2.2 shots on goal and 2.2 corner kicks per game.



As a freshman in 2006 (2G-1A; 10 GP/6 GS), Reynolds missed nine games due to injury but posted an early gamewining goal vs. Wake Forest. She went on to earn all-WCC honors as a sophomore (2G-1A; 21 GS), with her ’07 highlights including GWGs vs. Cal State Fullerton and Rutgers (OT). Reynolds was a 2008 team tri-captain while seeing time at all three field positions (3G-4A; 20 GS). She had two assists vs. then-# 21 Cal State Fullerton and helped shutout #2 UCLA in that ’08 season.


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Ali Riley (left) also is a forward-turned-defender and has emerged as one of the nation's top outside backs.


Stanford senior defender ALI RILEY (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) – a member of New Zealand's National Team – played a lead role in a dominating weekend performance from the Cardinal back line. The second-year team captain opened the scoring on a skillful goal vs. nationally-ranked Colorado while helping limit CU and Wisconsin (6-0) to 13 combined shots, two shots on goal and three corner kicks during the pair of games.


In the Sept. 18 win over Colorado, Christen Press (an earlier CS360 Primetime Performer) flared a pass from midfield and Riley connected with the ball on an overlapping run form her left back spot. The speedy Riley beat a CU defender to the ball, made goalkeeper Kara Linder commit to the ground and then scooted around the 'keeper before striking a sharp-angle shot from near the endline (24').


The Sanford defensive corps held Colorado to nine total shots (two on goal) and a single corner kick. Two days later vs. Wisconsin, the totals were even more impressive: four shots (none on goal) and two corners.


Riley earned a spot on the 2006 Pacific-10 All-Freshman Team (4G-2A; 18 GP/15 GS), with her key points including a goal at Rutgers (1-0 win), an assist on the tying goal vs. Arizona State (3-2), and points in the NCAA Tournament vs. Nevada (goal) and USC (assist). She then was an all-Pac-10 selection in 2007 (2G-2A; 16 GP/14 GS), when she scored the first goal in Stanford’s 4-2 win at California. Riley converted to outside back in the 2008 season (25 GP/24 GS) and helped Stanford finish the regular season with the nation’s third-best goals-against avg. (0.68).


During her time with the New Zealand soccer federation, Riley (a graduate of Harvard-Westlake School) has played in Russia at the 2008 Under-20 World Championship while also competing at the 2007 World Cup and the '08 Olympic Games.



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Courtney Wetzel (left) scored the tying goal that sparked Oregon State to a 3-1 win over nationally-ranked Denver (and an eventual national rank of their own for the Beavers).


Oregon State junior defender COURTNEY WETZEL (Pullayup, Wash.) scored her team's key goal vs. Denver in the 37th minute (Sept. 20), after lining up a free kick from outside the penalty area. Wetzel placed her shot into the upper-right corner of the net, tying the game and sparking the Beavers on to their 3-1 win (and a spot in the next week’s national rankings, with OSU also posting a 2-0 win over Dartmouth two days earlier).


Wetzel’s seven points this season (2G-3A) have included the goal that capped a 2-1 win over UC Riverside, a pair of assists vs. Cal State Northridge (on tying and final goal) and an assist on the final goal vs. Nevada (4-0). As a freshman in 2007 (3A; 19 GP/15 GS), she contributed an assist to help tie Washington. Her ’08 season highlights (1G-3A; 19 GS) then included an assist in Oregon State’s win over Washington State and the game-tying goal vs. then-#2 UCLA (sending that game to overtime).


A graduate of Pullayup High School, Wetzel also honed her skills while playing for the FC Royals club team.


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 editor@collegesoccer360.com