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

CLICK HERE  for the second week of CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 8)

CLICK HERE  for the third week of CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 15)
CLICK HERE  for the fourth week of CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 22)

(see release below for the current honorees, Primetime Performers #5)

Note: player tribute capsules will be added to this release for all 18 players (list of honorees below, for Sept. 21-27)

(#5; Sept. 21-27)

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

Carlie Banks  (Louisiana State ... Fr./F ... Peachtree City, GA)

Posted hat trick in big game, sparking 6-0 rout of #15 Georgia 

Paige Dugal  (North Carolina State ... So./F ... Garner, NC)

Scored early (5') and added late clincher (88') vs. #10 Virginia (2-1)

Whitney Engen  (North Carolina ... Sr./D ... Rolling Hills Estates, CA)

Had 1G-1A while leading defense (8 shots all./1 SOG/0 CK) in 4-0 win over #8 Wake Forest 

Stacey Fox  (Cal State Fullerton ... So./F ... Simi Valley, CA)

Answered late goal by #29 Washington (88') with score at 89:52 (1-1 final) 

KayAnne Gummersall  (Duke ... Sr./F ... Wilmette, IL)

Responded to 84th-min. goal by #1 UNC by scoring to force OT at 88:54 (2-1 loss)

Laura Heyboer  (Michigan State ... So./F ... Hudsonville, MI)

Assisted on first two goals, then scored in OT to beat Big Ten favorite Penn State (3-2)

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

Stopped all 18 shots she faced in scoreless ties vs. South Florida and #34 Marquette 

Maria Lubrano  (North Carolina ... Jr./F ... High Point, NC)

Scored first  career goal in 84th min. to end scoreless game vs. ACC rival Duke (2-1 OT win)  

Blakely Mattern  (South Carolina ... Sr./D ... Simpsonville, SC)

Spearheaded defense that allowed 2 total shots on goal in SEC games vs. Vandy & KY

Tiffany McCarthy  (Florida State ... So./F ... Tacoma, WA)

Opened scoring vs. #18 Maryland (2-1) and added a goal plus assist on 

game-tying goal vs. another unbeaten team, #6 Boston College (3-2)

Nikki Murray  (Washington ... Sr./M ... Des Moines, WA)

Frenetic weekend saw her score in OT to beat UC-Irvine (3-2; trailed 0-2)
before scoring in 89th minute vs. CS Fullerton (Titans then scored for 1-1 final)

Laurie Norbusch  (Wisconsin ... So./F ... Mequon, WI)

Delivered hat trick in win over #23 Indiana

Whitney Palmer  (Oklahoma ... Jr./F ... Plano, TX)

Scored first two goals of game in 3-2 win over Texas A&M (also scored vs. Texas)

Amanda Pasciolla  (St. John's ... Sr./M ... Park Ridge, NJ)

Cashed in overtime scoring chance to beat BIG EAST rival and #24 UConn (1-0)

Noelle Piniero  (South Florida ... So./F ... Bradenton, FL)

Assisted on team's first goal and scored eventual GWG vs. #31 West Virginia (2-1) 

Whitney Sisler  (Cal Poly ... Jr./F ... San Marcos, CA)

Found the net in overtime to knock off #7 California (1-0)

Kathryn Sutton  (Bucknell ... Sr./G ... Coatesville, PA)

Turned in clutch effort with 12 saves in scoreless tie with Penn State

Bree Thornton  (Missouri ... Sr./M ... Lake View Terrace, CA)

Scored first two goals in 3-2 win over Big 12 co-favorite and #12 Oklahoma St. (3-2)

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 second week of CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 8).
CLICK HERE  for the third week of CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 15).
CLICK HERE  for the fourth week of CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 22)

Sept. 29, 2009                                 contact: Pete LaFeur ( Primetime Performers of the Week #5 (Sept. 21-27)

The final full week of September once again provided many clutch performances  throughout the nation, with 18 players honored by as this season's fifth 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 fifth 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 11 forwards, three midfielders, two defenders and two goalkeepers. They come from 17 different teams (two from UNC) and four of them are California natives, plus two each from the home states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Washington, along with one each from Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin. The 18 include seven seniors, four juniors, six sophomores and one freshman.

North Carolina players have combined for has six Primetime Performer honors spanning the past five weeks, followed by five each from Santa Clara and Stanford, four from Florida State, and three each from BYU and UCF. Five players now have repeated Primetime Performer honors this season: Santa Clara sixth-year defender Jordan Angeli, BYU freshman forward Carlee Payne, Rutgers junior forward Ashley Jones, UNC senior defender Whitney Engen and Pittsburgh junior goalkeeper Morie Kephart,

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

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


Carlie Banks (left) scored for the first time this season vs. #15 Georiga, then scored again ... and again, as LSU posted one of the top wins in the program's history (6-0).

LSU freshman forward CARLIE BANKS  (Peachtree City, Ga.) scored the first goals of her college career vs. her home-state team, posting one of the more noteworthy hat tricks by a Division I player this season to spark the Tigers' 6-0 win over previously unbeaten and #15 Georgia (Sept. 25). It marked LSU's second-largest margin of victory ever vs. a SEC opponent and the Tigers carried that momentum into a 5-1 win over Tennessee (followed by a return to the national polls). The win over Georgia (ranked as high as #8 in the national polls) also gave LSU its second win ever vs. a top-10 opponent.

Banks scored in the early moments of the game (2:03), after finding herself wide open for a goal from six yards out. Midway through the first half, a shot from Maria Rutledge deflected off goalkeeper Michelle Betos and set up Banks for a sliding six-yard shot inside the left post (2-0). She completed her primetime hat trick in the 63rd minute (4-0), cashing in her chance with the 'keeper out of position.

Earlier in the season, Banks posted her first point for LSU by assisting on the first goal in a 4-0 win over Louisiana Lafayette. A graduate of Starr's Mill High School, she most recently played for the Birmingham United Soccer Association club after previously playing with the Lazers 90 Elite and Concorde Fire South Elite.

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Paige Dugal (left) scored early and late, as North Carolina State won at #10 Virginia for its first win over an ACC opponent since 2006.

N.C. State sophomore forward PAIGE DUGAL (Garner, N.C.) played a lead role in the Wolfpack's first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since Oct. 11, 2006 (1-0 vs. Maryland) – as she scored twice for a 2-1 win over #10 Virginia.

Dugal opened the scoring in the fifth minute, as the local product lofted a 15-yard shot over goalkeeper Chantel Jones. A quality passing sequence from Nadia Aboulhosn and Kara Blosser set up Dugal for the wide-open scoring chance – giving Virginia its first deficit since losing to  Penn State in the season opener (UVa's only other loss of '09).

The Cavaliers tied the game in the 69th minute and the game appeared to be heading for overtime, before Dugal scored again for the eventual gamewinner (87:54). Alyson Santilli's throw-in sent the ball to Tanya Cain, who then arching a pass into the goalmouth. Dugal was filling the middle and sent home a header for her third gamewinning goal of the season. N.C. State totaled only two shots on goal, but they both found the net on Dugal's pair of goals.

Dugal's team-best 16 points this season have included the team's first goal of the season vs. Old Dominion (3-0), an assist on the opening score against Davidson (4-1), the Wolfpack's first and third goal vs. Stony Brook (4-0), the opening score against East Carolina (2-2) and the goal that capped a 2-0 win over Elon.

As a freshman in 2008 (4G-2A; 20 GP/14 GS), Dugal's top moment came when she scored vs. then-#6 Florida State. The Garner High School graduate played with one of the nation's top club programs, the CASL Spartan Elite. 

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Whitney Engen (left) has been honored as a CS360 Primetime Performer for the second time this season, after leading UNC to wins over nationally-ranked teams Duke (2-1) and Wake Forest (4-0).

North Carolina senior center back WHITNEY ENGEN (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) entered last week with only one point this season, but the four-year starter and converted forward posted a goal and assist on Sept. 29 as UNC dominated #8 Wake Forest in a 4-0 shutout.

Engen – who also played a lead role in UNC's earlier 2-1 win over ACC rival Duke (Sept. 26) – set up the first goal vs. Wake Forest on a rightside corner kick. Amber Brooks then flicked a header at the near post and Ali Hawkins followed with her own header at the far-left post, giving UNC the lead in the 12th minute. Midway through the second half (62'), Engen scored for a 3-0 lead. Hawkins provided the free-kick service from the left corner and Engen connected on a header that sailed into the upper-left corner of the net.

The UNC defense – led by Engen – limited Wake Forest to eight total shots, one shot on goal and no corner kicks. Spanning the two games during the week, UNC yielded only one goal, 14 shots, 5 SOGs and 3 CKs (Duke, which score in the 89th minute, had 6 shots/4 SOG/3 CK). The goal by the Blue Devils ended UNC's shutout streak at 743 minutes, dating back to the season opener vs. UCLA (7-2).

Engen's strong play last week helped steady the lineup, which was missing top players Nikki Washington (injury), Tobin Heath and Ashlyn Harris (both out due to U.S. national team commitments). Through 10 games this season (9-0-1), North Carolina has allowed only three goals while limiting its opponents to 7.1 shots per game, 2.2 SOG/gm and 2.5 CKs/gm. 


Four weeks ago, Engen was selected for the inaugural CS360 Primetimer Performers of the Week group (Sept. 1) – after anchoring UNC's three-defender unit in a pair of shutouts while limiting Central Florida (a 4-0 victory) and UNC Greensboro (1-0) to a combined nine total shots, two shots on goal and four corner kicks. Engen also assisted on the third goal vs. UCF, as her outlet pass sprung Washington down the right side (Washington's cross then led to fellow senior midfielder Heath's sliding header goal). UCF managed only five shots (two on goal) and one corner kick while UNCG was limited to four shots (none on frame) and three CKs.

A versatile and tenacious competitor, Engen earned All-America honors as a junior in 2008 and is considered by many to be the best center back in women's college soccer. She was UNC's third-leading scorer in both 2006 (12G-13A) and 2007 (6G-8A), with her career highlights including key plays in two games vs. Texas A&M: the game-tying goal in the '06 NCAA quarterfinals and the gamewinning, double-OT goal in the '08 quarterfinals (UNC went on to win the NCAA title both years, with Engen also assisting on Casey Nogueira's late game-winning goal vs. Notre Dame in the '06 title game).

Engen – a former standout at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and with the Slammers Futbol Club (SFC) – has totaled 19 career goals and 26 assists in 89 career games with UNC (87 starts). The political science major has aspirations to attend law school and is a second-generation college athlete (her mother Kim Engen was a varsity tennis player at UCLA).


Stacey Fox (left) answered Washington's late score (88:26) by scoring for Fullerton with 0:08 left in regulation (1-1 final).

Cal State Fullerton sophomore forward STACEY FOX  (Simi Valley, Calif.) posted her first points of the season in dramatic fashion, scoring off a corner-kick sequence with eight seconds left in regulation to forge a 1-1 tie with nationally-ranked Washington. The goal was even more noteworthy due to the fact that Washington's Nikki Murray had scored only 86  seconds earlier (after 88 minutes of scoreless play).

Murray's goal for the Huskies came at the 88:26 mark, when her shot was stopped by 'keeper Jordan-Michelle Santos but ended up rolling over the line. Moments later, Fullerton earned its only corner kick of the game and quickly cashed in the chance. Tanya Slusser served the corner to the back post and Caitline Mellano snapped a header back to the near post – where Fox volleyed the ball into the net for her sixth career goal with the Titans.

Fox – who helped Fullerton battle Santa Clara in a 1-0 loss two days earlier – earned honorable mention all-Big West Conference honors as a freshman in 2008, when she appeared in 19 games and started 14 (5G-3A). A graduate of Royal High School, Fox is the third member of her family to play college women's soccer. Her mother Chris played two seasons at Loyola Marymount while her sister Kate is a junior defender at Cal State Northridge.

Reminder – player bio. capsules are being added for all 18 of this week's Primetime Performer honorees, on a continuing basis.