Release: Aug. 27, 2013 Contact: Pete LaFleur (email@example.com)
USC'S SENIOR FORWARD ELIZABETH EDDY CS360 PRIMETIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Florida freshman striker Savannah Jordan receives inaugural CS360 National Freshman of the Week award; nine others round out the CS360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for 2013 opening week of Aug 23-25.
University of Southern California senior forward Elizabeth Eddy (Newport Beach, Fla.)– who scored three goals during opening-week action versus a pair of fellow top so-cal teams, San Diego State and the University of San Diego – has been tabbed for the top honor among the week-1 CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com (11 total honorees, listed below). University of Florida freshman striker Savannah Jordan (Fayetteville, Fla.) also is a member of the opening-week Primetime Honor Roll in addition to receiving the inaugural CS360 National Freshman of the Week award.
Eddy and Jordan are joined by nine others in comprising the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for week-1 of the 2013 season. The nine other opening-week Primetime Performers include: Virginia junior midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, GA) … Stanford sophomore defender Laura Liedle (San Diego, CA) … West Virginia sophomore forward Kelsie Maloney (Harrrisburg, PA) … North Carolina senior defensive midfielder Kelly McFarlane (Mill Valley, CA) … Utah junior defender Jill Robison (Layton, UT) … South Carolina senior defensive midfielder Elizabeth Sinclair (St. Louis, MO) … Clemson freshman defender Claire Wagner (Cary, NC) … UCF junior defender Carleigh Williams (Beverly Hills, FL) … and Northern Arizona sophomore forward Haley Wingender (Henderson, NV).
The 11 opening-week Primetime Performers include four forwards, three midfielders (two of them defensive/holding midfielders) and four defenders, with three seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and a pair of freshmen who impressed during their college debut weekend. The 11 include three California natives, two who hail from Georgia hometowns and two more from Florida, plus one each from Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Utah.
(Scroll down for player info. and action photos of the 11 honorees, with headshots in right sidebar).
... Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):
• Performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason achievements, typically in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a conference favorite/leader from a league not represented in the CS360 top-50).
• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and other situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, all-around performance/consistency, filling role/gameplan, 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 and/or against a traditional rival.
Listing of the 11 honorees follows below – as do player info. capsules with action photos at bottom of page (headshots in right sidebar).
Note – All photos on this page courtesy of the respective schools.
CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #1 Division I Women
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com … opening weekend, Aug. 23-25, 2013)
"It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."
MORGAN BRIAN (Virginia … M ... Jr. … St. Simons ISland, GA … #6)
*ELIZABETH EDDY (Southern California … F ... Sr. … Newport Beach, CA … #8)
*SAVANNAH JORDAN (Florida ... F … Fr. … Fayetteville, GA … #7)
LAURA LIEDLE (Stanford ... D ... So. … San Diego, CA … #7)
KELSIE MALONEY (West Virginia ... F ... So. … Harrisburg, PA … #7)
KELLY McFARLANE (North Carolina ... DM ... Sr. … Mill Valley, CA … #11)
JILL ROBISON (Utah ... D … Jr. … Layton, UT … #7)
ELIZABETH SINCLAIR (South Carolina ... DM ... Sr. … St. Louis, MO … #7)
CLAIRE WAGNER (Clemson ... D ... Fr. … Cary, NC … #18)
CARLEIGH WILLIAMS (UCF ... D ... Jr. … Beverly Hills, FL … #4)
HALEY WINGENDER (Northern Arizona ... F ... So. … Henderson, NV … #9)
* – Eddy is CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week and Jordan the CS360 National Freshman of the Week
(Virginia … M ... Jr. … St. Simons ISland, GA … #6)
Dynamic attacking midfielder who directed dominant opening weekend from the Virginia offense, as Cavaliers scored four goals in both games – capped by 4-0 shutout of Santa Clara (cs360 #15), two days after 4-2 win over VCU team that could contend for the 2013 Atlantic-10 Conference title (Rams were picked third, behind recent NCAA participants Dayton and La Salle) … factored directly into four goals during the opening weekend (1G-3A) while running a UVa attack that rolled up a 44-7 edge in total shots during the two games – plus equally impressive margins in shots on goal (26-3) and corner kicks (14-4) …helped Cavaliers hold possession for large portions of the SCU game, as the Broncos managed only three total shots (one on frame) and one corner (UVa had 18 shots, 9 SOG and 6 CKs) … her blast from top of the box but Santa Clara in a 2-0 hole ('61), later threading thru-ball that sprung freshman Brittany Ratcliffe 1-on-1 with the 'keeper (her third goal of the weekend) … made an immediate impact in the season-opening vs. VCU, providing a similar thru-ball that led to Danielle Colaprico's goal only 1:58 into the game … later uncorked strong shot from top of the box that led to Ratcliffe's rebound goal for 4-1 lead on the Rams… emerging force in the U.S. National Team program, after training with various U.S. youth national teams since the age of 14 … missed first half of the 2012 college season while competing with the U.S. Under-20 National Team but still went on to earn first team all-ACC honors and was named MVP of the ACC Tournament … all four of her 2012 goals came in the postseason (also had seven total assists in '12) … a first team All-American in 2011 (11G-8A) while collecting national freshman of the year honors … her many prep honors included being named the 2011 Gatorade National Female Athlete of the Year (for all sports) and being tabbed the nation's top-ranked soccer recruit … product of Frederica Academy (186G-95A in career) and the Ponte Vedra Storm club program … also an all-state basketball player during her high school days … sister Jennifer Brian played soccer at Armstrong Atlantic.
CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week
(Southern California … F ... Sr. … Newport Beach, CA … #8)
Veteran frontrunner who scored three quality goals while showcasing her diverse attacking skills, as Women of Troy opened season with pair of wins in tournament action at the University of San Diego: 4-1 vs. San Diego State (cs360 #14) and 4-2 vs. host USD (cs360 #49), as USC had a promising first week in its quest to return to the NCAAs for the first time since 2010 … her goal in the sixth minute (12-yard strike that glanced off 'keeper) set the tone early vs. SDSU team that is coming off an historic 21-2-1 season in which it did not allow a goal until the seventh game of that 2012 season (and yielded only 10 in the first 21 games, prior to the '12 NCAAs) … after the Aztecs had closed the margin to 3-1, her second goal of the opener put the game away – using her speed to run onto Mandy Freeman's long service and score to the lower right corner … helped USC keep the pressure on the SDSU defense all day, with 16 total shots (seven on goal) and seven corner kicks … key part of USC offense that kept rolling two days later vs. USD, racking up 18 more shots (nine on frame) and seven corners … her third goal of the opening weekend ('70) put the USD game out of reach (4-0), finishing to the left corner off a left-flank cross from Rachel Smith (at the site of the 2012 College Cup championship weekend) … needs only two more goals to equal the top goalscoring season of her college career … has totaled 13 goals and eight assists (40 points) in her three-plus seasons at USC, spanning 61 games played (57 starts) … had 1G-3A while starting all 18 games of the 2012 season, after 4G-1A in 2011 (20 GP/17 GS) … named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2010 (5G-3A; 21 GP/20 GS) … has trained and competed with various U.S. youth national team programs … prep All-American and product of the SoCal Blues club team (member of 2007 national champions), along with the team at Newport Harbor High School … active in wide variety of sports – including track, surfing and sailing – in recent years … was California state surfing champion during her junior year of high school … father Park Eddy was member of U.S. National Water Polo Team and played at USC (in addition to sailing in the Americas Cup) … great-grandfather Arnold Eddy was a head administrator for the USC Athletic Department in the 1930s and early 1940s.
(Florida ... F … Fr. … Fayetteville, GA … #7)
CS360 National Freshman of the Week
Broke onto the college soccer scene in a big way, racking up five total goals during action against a pair of top opponents – as Gators posted matching 3-1 wins over Atlantic Sun Conference favorite Florida Gulf Coast and cs360 #45 Oregon State … her impressive debut was all the more noteworthy considering that Florida was facing the task of replacing five 2012 regulars who had moved on to play key roles with various professional teams … assumed the front-striker role (filled most often over the past few years by the departed McKenzie Barney) in Florida's trademark 4-2-3-1 formation … the five goals are the most ever scored by a Florida freshman in the first two goals of the season … also became third Florida player ever to score in first two games of a season (the other two to do so did it in the program's debut season, '95) … that '95 season also is the only other time a Florida freshman has scored multiple goals in the opener … lived up to her reputation as a youth player for being a dangerous finisher, with her first goal as a Gator being possibly the team's most important score of the weekend – as it tied FGCU in the 81st minute (unassisted, from eight yards on the left side) … scored another unassisted goal five minutes later (from five yards) for the 3-2 win … refocused her game after missing on several strong first-half chances vs. FGCU … scored much quicker vs. Oregon State, connecting on Florida's first shot of the game (12') against the Beavers' low pressure and slower pace … cashed in direct assist from Claire Falknor on that first goal vs. Oregon State (from 4 yds on right side; second assist from Annie Speese) and then scored from close range again, shortly before halftime amidst a crowded scramble (39,' assist–Brooke Sharp) … Oregon State later closed the gap to 2-1 but she then scored her third late-game goal of the weekend, this time from 18 yards out (assisted by Seese and Havana Solaun) … has trained with U.S. youth national teams on the U-14 and U-17 levels … played only her junior season at Whitewater High School, due to various travel commitments with the ODP Region III team and the Concorde Fire South Elite club.
LAURA LIEDLE (Stanford ... D ... So. … San Diego, CA … #7)
Second-year starter on the back line who has shown her versatility by shifting to a central defender position, following an impressive freshman season in which she served as Stanford's starting left back for most of the 2012 season … filling the big shoes of departed four-year starter and All-American Alina Garciamendez … combined with another highly-regarded youngster, freshman Maddie Bauer, as Stanford opened the season with unique challenge of replacing both center backs ('13 grad. Maddie Thompson was the 2012 starter at right-center back) … played key role for Stanford squad that has returned home from challenging cross-country road trip with pair of noteworthy wins already on their resume: 2-1 (2 OT) at always pesky Boston College (cs360 #24) and 1-0 at Connecticut (amidst the spirited Morrone Stadium faithful) … key returner for Stanford squad that graduated four of its five staring position players in the defensive third (also right back Rachel Quon and defensive midfielder Mariah Nogueira, who joined Garciamendez as All-Americans during their careers) … part of defense that posted 191 consecutive shutout minutes during the east-coast trip, after allowing early BC goal … the team's only other defensive starter, 'keeper Emily Olver, made nine saves to help keep BC at bay while Liedle and the rest of the back line limited the Eagles' quality scoring chances (only three corner kicks in the 107-plus minutes) … led defense that limiting UConn to one shot on goal and four corner kicks while again receiving minimal goal support from the Cardinal offense (game was a tense 1-1 deadlock (game was 0-0 until late in first half) … started 23 of 24 games as a freshman, with four assists while receiving national and Pac-12 all-freshman team honors … called into training with the U.S. Under-20 National Team earlier in 2013 and has been part of various youth national teams since the U-15s … product of the elite San Diego Surf club soccer program (2009 national champs) … attended Torrey Pines High School but did not play soccer for TPHS.
(West Virginia ... F ... So. … Harrisburg, PA … #7)
Second-year starting forward who combines with senior Frances Silva and junior Kate Schwindel to give Big 12 favorite West Virginia a veteran attacking trio … 5-foot-2 battler who played big WVU's season opener at 2012 NCAA runner-up Penn State (cs360 #5), factoring into pair of goals that put WVU in position for another big opening-week upset (the Mountaineers – who upset Stanford early in the '12 season – failed to hold the 2-0 lead at PSU, which scored twice in the final 10 minutes for a 2-2 final) … her cross set up Silva's early strike (5') at Penn State … later headed in an Ashley Lawrence cross to give WVU a 2-0 lead midway through the second half (69') … also helped team avoid potential letdown by salvaging 2-1 win over Syracuse (at PSU tournament) … started 17 games as a freshman (2G-3A) while earning spot on the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team … product of Bishop McDevitt High School and the Baltimore Bays club team.
(North Carolina ... DM
Sr. … Mill Valley, CA … #11)
Veteran part-time starter who made an impressive debut as North Carolina's starter in the defensive/holding midfielder role, as defending champion Tar Heels opened season at Virginia's tournament with pair of solid wins: 2-0 vs. cs360 #15 Santa Clara and 4-0 vs. emerging Atlantic-10 contender VCU (picked third in the A-10 preseason poll, behind recent NCAA participants Dayton and La Salle) … filled UNC's primary position question for the 2012 starting lineup, taking over for graduated All-American Amber Brooks … helped UNC dominate the run of play and limit opposition chances throughout the opening weekend, with a 47-10 edge in total shots spanning the two games, plus 21-6 in shots on goal and a 23-1 corner-kick margin … part of UNC's strong season-opening effort that limited SCU to three shots on goal and no corner kicks … made 27 starters during her first three seasons, also playing in 40 games off the bench, with 4G-12A … made 10 starts as a freshman (7G; 24 GP) and 13 as a sophomore (3G-2A; 20 GP) before serving primarily as Brooks backup in 2013 (23 GP/4 GS; 1G-3A) … product of The Branson School and the Marin FC club program … her sister Darcy is a freshman midfielder for UNC … mother Marilou was a member of the UNC cross country team while her father Craig played football at UC Davis.
JILL ROBISON (Utah ... D … Jr. … Layton, UT … #7)
Converted forward who made key impact as an outside back during important opening-week pair of games, as Utes won 2-0 at Sun Belt Conference favorite Western Kentucky before playing to a 0-0 final at cs360 #39 Kentucky … those two results could prove beneficial to Utah's potential NCAA hopes at the end of the season (the Utes faded out of NCAA contention in 2012) … part of Utah defense that allowed only seven shots on goal during the pair of opening-week games … helped limit WKU to three shots on goal and three corner kicks, while Kentucky managed only four shots on frame … also provided pass for primary assist on Baylee Nielsen's second goal of the game at WKU, early in the second half … member of Utah defense that opened season with back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2005 … played in 19 games and started 16 as a sophomore (2G), after appearing in 20 games during 2011 season (1G-2A; 5 GS) … product of Layton High School and the BC United Fusion club program.
(South Carolina ... DM ... Sr. … St. Louis, MO … #7)
Fourth-year starter who played a lead role from her defensive/holding midfielder spot in South Carolina's 1-0 win over visiting Duke (cs360 #7), the biggest upset in the nation during opening week … helped limit the veteran Duke attack to four shots on goal, two days after UNC-Wilmington managed only nine total shots (three on frame) and had no corner kicks (in 2-0 S.C. win) … made 60 starts during her first three seasons … logged 16 starts as a junior (2A; 17 GP) and starting all 23 games in 2011 (1A) … played in all 25 games and started 23 as a freshman (1A) … father Dan played football at Washington Univ. in St. Louis … four of her cousins have played college sports … product of Cor Jesu Academy and the St. Louis Scott Gallagher club program.
(Clemson ... D … Fr.
Cary, NC … #18)
One of nation's top-ranked incoming freshmen and part of young Clemson roster looking to return the Tigers to the program's past glory and regular NCAA tournament appearances … played all 200 minutes at center back during quality opening week that included 0-0 defensive battle at Auburn (cs360 #33) and 1-0 home win over Southern Conference favorite Furman … member of back line that limited both opponents to seven total shots and three shots on goal each, plus only five total corner kicks (two by Furman) … played with the U.S. youth national-team squad at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup … product of Panther Creek High School and the elite CASL Chelsea Ladies club program, playing on the 2011 and 2012 national championship teams (2010 semifinalist).
CARLEIGH WILLIAMS (UCF ... D ... Jr. … Beverly Hills, FL … #4)
Veteran center back who logged all 180 minutes, as UCF – playing under the direction of first-year head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak (after 14-year head coach Amanda Cromwell accepted the open position at UCLA) – opened in the islands with a pair of shutout wins, 3-0 vs. Washington (cs360 #46; picked fourth in the talented and deep Pac-12) and then 2-0 vs. tournament host Hawaii … key member of UCF defense that allowed only seven shots on goal and three corner kicks during the tournament – including a dominating effort against the Huskies (only five total shots allowed, three on frame, and no corner kicks) … started all 24 games (with two assists) for 2012 Knights defense that posted a school-record 15 shutouts … appeared in 23 games as a freshman, with 20 starters … product of Lecanto High School and the Florida Rush club program.
(Northern Arizona … F
So. .. Henderson, NV .. #9)
Second-year forward who has returned from injury that sidelined her for final month of 2012 season … sparked the offense in her return while leading NAU to the program's first 2-0 start since 2001 … came off the bench in both games but made the most of her 87 total minutes on the field during the opening week, with the assist on the goal that knocked off homestanding Long Beach State (cs360 #43) before scoring the eventual gamewinner in 3-2 game vs. up-and-coming Lamar team (which is coming off the top season in program history and is picked second in the Southland Conference, behind recent SLC power Stephen F. Austin) … her pass led directly to Malia Tano's one-touch score into the lower left corner, shocking host Long Beach in the opening minute of these second half and holding up as the game's only scoring … two days later against Lamar, beat her defender and similarly scored on a low-left score ('86) for 3-0 lead but what proved to be a crucial insurance goal, as Lamar rallied to score twice in the closing minutes … appeared in the first 13 games of the 2012 season, starting 10 (2G-1A), prior to her season-ending injury … product of Bishop Gorman High School and the Premier 94 White club team.