RELEASE: Sept. 6, 2011 Contact: Pete LaFleur (email@example.com)
Boston University fifth-year senior Lina Cords (Leonardtown, Md.) has been recognized as the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as announced by CollegeSoccer360.com. The veteran central defender leads the way among five D-I women who were named to the CS360 Primetime Performers weekly honor roll, for Aug. 29-Sept. 4. The Primetime designation recognizes players based on situational factors (such as quality of opponent, clutch play, leadership, etc.) involving their performances during the past week, rather than solely on raw stats (see full listing of criteria below).
It was an impressive week for goalkeepers from several teams, with three earning Primetime honors for their strong play in challenging situations: Pepperdine junior Roxanne Barker (Irvine, Calif.), Milwaukee junior Jamie Forbes (St. Charles, Ill.) and Seattle senior Madison Goverde (Snohomish, Wash.). USC senior holding midfielder Brittany Kerridge (Golden, Colo.) rounds out the list of Primetime Performers honorees from week-3 of the Division I women's soccer season. (See info. and action photos below for all five honorees; headshots pitcured in right sidebar.)
CORDS is a battle-tested leader and team tri-captain for a BU team that has raced out to a 5-0-1 record (matching the best start in program history) – including an early tie vs. crosstown rival Boston College and a recent trek to the northwest that netted wins over tournament host Washington (1-0; cs360 #41) and #8 Portland, 2-0. She combined with fellow members of a back line that helped the Terriers post two shutouts while allowing only nine shots-on-goal (three by Portland) and nine corner kicks during the entire weekend.
Boston University fifth-year senior defender Lina Cords (left)
In addition to her efforts in the defensive third, Cords assisted on the goal that opened the scoring vs. Portland, with Taylor Krebs converting on a blast the to upper-right corner. The Terriers experienced back line – comprised of Cords, fellow central defender Jessica Morrow, and outside back Erin Mllen and Katherine Donnelly – has helped BU rack up a 12-3 scoring margin this season and has been a proven threat with set-play services during her college career.
Cords has been recognized by the America East Conference in each of her three active seasons (all-rookie team in '07, then first team in '09 and '10; DNP in '09 due to injury). She was a key factor in BU's 2010 shutout streak that spanned 13 games (2nd-longest in the NCAA record book), one year after helping the 2008 Terriers post 12 shutouts and allow only 14 goals in 22 games .Cords has started all but one of her 68 career games played at BU and was the team's only freshman to start all 21 games in 2007. She began her prep career in Hawaii (playing for the Iolani School) before moving with her family to Maryland and continuing career at Leonardtown High School (she also played for the Bulls G88 club team). An accomplished student, as a double-major in biochemistry and economics, she comes from a military family – as her father William Cords is a captain in the U.S. Navy.
CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week #3 (Division I women)
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com ... for games Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2011)
"It's not so much what your do, as it is when you do it."
ROXANNE BARKER (Pepperdine ... G ... Jr. ... Irvine, CA ... #13)
*LINA CORDS (Boston Univ. ... D ... Sr. ... Leonardtown, MD ... #23)
JAMIE FORBES (Milwaukee ... G ... Jr. ... St. Charles, IL ... #1)
MADISON GOVERDE (Seattle ... G ... Sr. ... Snohomish, WA ... #0)
BRITTANY KERRIDGE (USC ... M ... Sr. ... Golden, CO ... #5)
* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week
Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):
• Must have been playing in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a preseason conference favorite/leader), or performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason qualification/participation.
• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent and situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, team spirit, etc.
• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).
• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home field.
CLICK HERE for full list of week's CS360 Primetime honorees (D-1-2-3 men & women)
CLICK HERE for CS360 Primetime Performer Archive from 2010
CLICK HERE for CS360 Primetime Performer Archive from 2009 (D-I women)
Pepperdine ... Goalkeeper ... Jr.
Irvine, California ... #13
Veteran netminder who has helped Waves remain unbeaten (5-0-1), highlighted by early-season win at California and recent tie vs. #3 UCLA (1-1), followed by 3-0 game vs. Michigan (cs360 #48) ... stopped first 10 UCLA shots she faced and nearly closed out the shutout, before Ally Courtnall crashed in to score off a cross in 88th minute ... saw plenty of action in the UCLA game, with the Bruins uncorking 23 total shots to go along with seven corner-kick chances (led by All-America forward Sydney Leroux) ... made five first-half saves vs. UCLA, including two key stops in back-to-back fashion and later a 1-v-1 threat from Zakiya Bywaters ... capped her 12-save weekend in shutout vs. Michigan, combining with the defensive unit of Michelle Pao, Kelsea Smith, Kristin DeGrandmont and Myriah Stockman in allowing one goal during 200-minute span vs. pair of top opponents ... saved strong shot by Michigan's Meghan Toohey to maintain 1-0 lead ('28) that lasted deep into second half of that tense battle ... already ranks as one of top goalkeepers in Pepperdine history, starting all 45 games during the past three seasons (with 16 career shutouts and a 0.48 goals-against avg. this season) ... earned all-WCC second team honors as a freshman (honorable mention in 2010) ... product of Woodbridge High School, the So Cal Blues and Wolfpack club teams ... native of South Africa (her grandfather Bryan Gilson was a member of the South African national polo team).
Boston University ... Defender ... 5th-Yr. Sr.
Leonardtown, Marylad ... #23
Battle-tested leader and team tri-captain for BU team that has raced out to a 5-0-1 record (matching best start in program history), including early tie vs. crosstown rival Boston College and recent trek to northwest that netted wins over tournament host Washington (1-0; cs360 #41) and #8 Portland, 2-0 ... member of back line that helped Terriers post two shutouts while allowing only nine shots-on-goal (three by Portland) and nine corner kicks during the entire weekend ... assisted on goal that opened the scoring vs. Portland, with Taylor Krebs scoring on blast to upper-right corner ... the Terriers experienced back line – comprised of Cords, fellow central defender Jessica Morrow, and outside back Erin Mllen and Katherine Donnelly – has helped BU rack up a 12-3 scoring margin this season ... proven threat with her set-play services ... has been recognized by the America East Conference in each of her three active seasons (all-rookie team in '07, then first team in '09 and '10; DNP in '09 due to injury) ... key factor in BU's 2010 shutout streak that spanned 13 games (2nd-longest in the NCAA record book), one year after helping the 2008 Terriers post 12 shutouts and allow only 14 goals in 22 games ... has started all but one of her 68 career games played at BU (was only freshman to start all 21 games in 2007) ... began her prep career in Hawaii (playing for the Iolani School) before moving with her family to Maryland and continuing career at Leonardtown High School (also played for Bulls G88 club team) ... an accomplished student, as double-major in biochemistry and economics ... her father William Cords is a captain in the U.S. Navy.
Milwaukee ... Goalkeeper ... Jr.
St. Charles, Illinois ... #1
Key member of Milwaukee team that has jumped out to impressive 6-0-0 start, with most recent wins over Iowa State (2-0) and tournament host Minnesota (cs360 #34), 1-0 ... totaled 15 saves during the tournament action – including a busy 11-save day in the showdown with the Gophers ... flashed her veteran presence and big-save prowess throughout the Minnesota game, while dealing with 23 total shots and four corner kicks ... owns 13 career shutouts in 23 career starts with the Panthers ... named to the 2009 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team (also a Horizon all-tournament performers) ... attended St. Charles North High School while competing for one of the nation's top club programs, Eclipse Select.
Seattle ... Goalkeeper ... Sr.
Snohomish, Washington ... #0
Named defensive MVP of the Husky Nike Invitational, highlighted by her shutout win over #8 Portland – the biggest victory in the program's history (also highest-ranked D-I opponent ever faced by Seattle U. women's soccer team) ... saved six shots-on-goal while facing plenty of challenges from potent Portland offense (which totaled 18 total shots and 10 corner kicks) ... added 11 saves (including one on a penalty kick) two days later vs. host team Washington (cs360 #41) ... strong competitor and composed leader, with big-save ability ... team co-captain who has proven to be Redhawks top player throughout the first few weeks of the 2011 season ... combined with central defender Jordan Salisbury and Renee Vandermause, plus outside backs Mary Hill and Carlee Norquest in posting historic shutout of Portland ... product of Snohomish High School and the Snohomish United club team.
USC ... Midfielder ... Sr.
Golden, Colorado ... #5
Playmaking midfielder who led offensive charge during trip through the Midwest, as Women of Troy pushed winning streak to three games (after opening season 0-3-0) ... assisted on eventual game-winning goal and converted a penalty-kick later in the game, capping key 3-1 win at #18 Illinois (also assisted on tying goal in 2-1 overtime win at Purdue) ... provided free-kick service that led to 2-0 lead at Illinois (57'), with Haley Brown scoring on leaping header into the right-corner ... sent home PK 10 minutes later for 3-0 cushion, as USC halted Illini's four-game win streak ... provided rightside cross to set up Elizabeth Eddy's far-post goal at Purdue (63'), ultimately sending game to OT ... USC's top scorer this season (3G-3A), with her career totals including 7G-10A in 69 games played (66 starts) ... former member of U.S. Under-18 National Team ... prep All-American while competing with Mullen High School, Table Mountain club and the elite Colorado Rush.
* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week