CS360 National Primetime Performers Honor Roll for 2015 Opening Week (8-26–15)

CS360 Primetime Performers D-I Women Archive: 2014 .. 2013 .. 2012 .. 2011 .. 2010 .. 2009

Release: Aug. 26, 2015      Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

VIRGINIA TECH’s TIERNAN HEADLINES CS360 WEEK–1 PRIMETIME PERFORMERS
Junior forward joined by 14 others recognized for clutch, big-game play during 2015 Opening Week (Aug. 21-23). 

Virginia Tech junior forward Murielle Tiernan (Ashburn, Va.) – who first made a name for herself as a big-game goalscorer during her freshman season with the Hokies 2013 team that reached the NCAA College Cup semifinals – has been named the initial CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week. Tiernan is joined by 14 others – a group dominated by seniors, with an unusually high number of center backs – in comprising the 2015 CS360 National Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com, for games during the opening weekend of the 2015 season (Aug. 21-23).

As a reminder, the CS360 Primetime Performers (which began in 2009) highlight players who perform at a high level – both consistently and in timely fasshion – during games that carry major significance (i.e. based on quality of opponents and other situational factors; see Primetime Performer selection criteria, posted below).

Note that this release had been fully updated (see bottom of page) to include information capsules (with action photos; headshots in right sidebar) for all 15 players on the Primetime Honor Roll.


Virginia Tech junior forward Murielle Tiernan (above)
scored three Opening Week goals on the road, including
a key score in the 2–1 win over CS360 #9 West Virginia. 

Many of the 2015 week-1 honorees were among those featured in the CS360 comprehensive daily summary pages from Opening Week, which can be found HERE (for Aug. 21) and HERE (Aug. 23).

TIERNAN delivered three of the Hokies four goals during tournament action at University of Indiana, highlighted by a 2–1 win over CS360 #9 West Virginia in Opening Week’s only top–10 matchup. She earlier scored both of her team’s goals in the opening 2–1 win over the host Hoosiers, giving VT a quick 2–0 lead aftter heading in a cross from Heather Timothy (’11) and then scoring from 10 yards out in the center of the box (18’; assisted by Morgan Conklin).

Two days later vs. WVU, Tiernan helped the Hokies overcome an uncharacteristic poor first half by scoring the game’s first goal (’54), assisted by Ashley Maier (that shot again came from the center of the box, 15 yards out). She later helped VT maintain its attack to score again and break a 1–1 tie, for the decisive goal – all while doing battle vs. a Mountaineers defense fronted by center back Kadeisha Buchanan (who received the Top Young Player Award at 2015 World Cup).

Tiernan was a first team NSCAA All-Region and All-ACC performer in 2014, while starting all 22 games with 14G–6A (including 3G–3A spanning pair of NCAA Tournament wins over Dayton and Georgetown). She made big contributions (11G–5A) as a freshman on the historic 2013 Hokies team that reached the NCAA semifinals. Her 2013 postseason production included: an early assist and game winning goal in the 4–2 ACC semifinal win over Virginia; the lone goal in a 1–0 NCAA second-round win over WVU; and VT’s only goal plus converting the decisive penalty kick in the NCAA round-of-16 PK shootout vs. Santa Clara.

Over the years, the weekly CS360 Honor Roll has featured several players from California hometowns, and then a wide cross-section of home states among the other honorees. That trend has continued with the first 2015 Primetime Performers Honor Roll, which features four players who hail from California hometowns and two from Washington, plus one each from 11 other home states/provinces: Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. The 15 honorees are mostly seniors (9), plus four sophomores and three juniors. The bulk of the honorees are forwards (6) or center backs (4), plus three goalkeepers, one midfielder and an outside back.

Headshots of all 15 week-1 Honor Roll members are included in the right sidebar, while detailed player capsules (with action photos) are featured at the bottom of this page.

... 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 could be key to the team's postseason qualification, 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.
• (Note that typically a higher number players from conferences outside the CS360 top-50 will be honored later in the season, as league races heat up and individual results have greater bearing on postseason qualification).

Note – Photos on this page are courtesy of the respective schools.

CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #1     Division I Women
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com 
 … 2015 Opening Week, Aug. 21-23)
        "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."

NICOLE BAXTER  (William & Mary … M … Sr. … Pennington, NJ … #5)
CECE BILGINER  (Arizona … F … So. … Redmond, WA … #4)
RACHEL BOAZ  (BYU … G … Sr. … Murietta, CA … #1)
BRITTANY BROWN  (Florida Gulf Coast … G … Sr. … Rochester, NY … #33)
STEPHANIE DeVITA  (Furman … F … Sr. … Simpsonville, SC … #19)
CHARDE HANNAH  (South Alabama … F … So. … Tupelo, MS … #11)
VAL MARGERUM  (Long Beach State … D … Sr. … Lafayette, CA … #10)
JESSE McGINLEY  (Colorado State … G … Sr./Jr. … Truckee, CA … #0)
McKENZIE MEEHAN  (Boston College … F … Sr./Jr. … Gloucester, RI … #22)
STACIE MORAN  (San Diego State … D … So. … Alta Loma, CA … #13)
JAYLYN ODERMANN  (Nebraska … D … Sr. … Gretna, NE … #13)
NICHELLE PRINCE  (Ohio State … F … Jr. … Ajax, Ontario … #7)
DOMINIQUE RANDLE  (USC … D … Sr./Jr. … Sammamish, WA … #5)
*MURIELLE TIERNAN  (Virginia Tech … F … Jr. … Ashburn, VA … #20)
MEGAN TRABERT  (Utah … D … Sr. … Salt Lake, UT … #18)

* – CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week (National Freshman of the Week is TBA)

Note that this release has been updated to include information capsule data for all 15 players on the Primetime Honor Roll (see below) ...

CS360 Primetime Performers D-I Women Archive: 2014 .. 2013 .. 2012 .. 2011 .. 2010 .. 2009

> Nicole Baxter

William & Mary

Midfielder • Sr. • #5

Pennington, NJ

Nicole Baxter A300

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Opening Week Summary – Played entire game while helping W&M (picked to finish 4th in the CAA) open with 5–1 win at Seton Hall, before scoring or assisting on each goal in 3–0 win over CS360 #27 Georgetown … sent ball over the defense that led to Rachel Moore’s header (9’), then converted a PK (45’) and provided thru-ball that sprung Samantha Cordum (79’).

Career Highlights – Made 17 starts in 2014 (5A; 19 GP), after starting 10 in 2013 (2G–2A; 16 GP) … named to 2012 CAA All-Rookie Team (4G–2A; 20 GP/10 GS) … three-sport-sport standout at the Pennington School (also basketball & lacrosse), where she was member of 2008 soccer team that was ranked No. 1 in nation … product of FC Bucks Extreme club program. 

Links – Training Camp Blog/Video  |  Getting to Know Video (2014)
Baxter's W&M Bio  |  Game Stories: 3–0 vs. Georgetown  |  5–1 vs. Seton Hall

> Cece Bilginer

Arizona

Forward • So. • #4

Redmond, WA

Cece Bilinger A300

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Opening Week Summary – Helped Wildcats (picked 8th in Pac-12) post 4–0 win over Abilene Christian as starter in season opener, then factored into both goals during 2–1 showdown win over CW360 #36 Santa Clara … came off the bench in 33rd minute vs. SCU and drew foul while battling for position (35’), leading to Gabi Stoian’s tying PK … later raced onto thru-ball from Charlotte Brascia and held off defender before cashing in leftfooted one-timer from top of box inside near-left post (69’) for final 2–1 margin … served as reserve forward in 2014 on team that reached NCAA 2nd round, appearing in 11 games … product of Redmond Hill School and Crossfire ECNL club team.

In Her Own Words – “Charlotte played a perfect pass. As soon as she got the ball, I knew I had to get going. Charlotte has great skill and I knew she would be able to get the pass off. I just ran as fast as I could, got behind the defender and hit the ball. … Our goal is to win every game. Losing isn’t an option for us."

Links – Postgame Video Interview  |  Bilginger Bio  |  Game Recaps: 4–0 vs. Abilene Christian and 2–1 vs. Santa Clara

> Rachel Boaz

BYU

Goalkeeper • Sr. • #1

Murietta, CA

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Opening Week Summary – Saved all eight shots put on frame while defensing seven corner kicks, en route to winning her first game with the WCC favorite Cougars: 2–0 vs. CS360 #15 California (in tournament action at Hawaii) … spent first three seasons at San Diego State, followed by 18-month Mormon mission (she has one year of eligibility left after 2015).

Career Highlights – Utilized a redshirt season at San Diego State in 2010, then started every game over next two seasons (including SDSU’s 21–2–1 team that reached the 2nd round of the 2012 NCAAs) … named 2012 NSCAA First Team All-Pacific Region, after setting SDSU record with 0.60 season goals-against average (11 solo shutouts; 14 goals allowed in 24 GP) … three-sport athlete (also volleyball and track & field) at Murietta High School … product of the So Cal Blues club program.

Links – Game Recap: 2–0 vs. Cal  |  Boaz's Bio

> Brittany Brown

Florida Gulf Coast

Goalkeeper • Sr. • #33

Rochester, NY

Brittany Brown A300

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Opening Week Summary – Saved all eight shots on frame while successfully defending nine corner kicks, in pair of week-1 shutout efforts spanning 200 total minutes, against pair of quality opponents … made four saves (including one in overtime) and dealt with six corners in Opening Day 0–0 game vs. SEC team Ole Miss … also came up with four saves (including an early diving stop to the upper corner) in 2–0 win for Atlantic-Sun favorite FGCU vs. Atlantic-10 favorite Dayton.

Career Highlights – Fourth-year starter who already is FGCU’s career wins leader (43) … named first team all-Atlantic Sun Conference in 2013 and 2014 (0.66 goals-against avg.) … also member of 2012 A-Sun All-Freshman Team … starred in soccer and basketball at Greece Athena High School … product of Empire United soccer club.

Links – Feature Story (10–15–14)  |  Brown’s FGCU  Bio
Game Recaps: 0–0 vs. Ole Miss and 2–0 vs. Dayton
Video Recap of FGCU–Dayton Game

> Stephanie DeVita

Furman

Forward • Sr. • #19

Simpsonville, SC

Steph DeVita dribble A300

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Opening Week Summary – Scored three of Furman’s four goals in pair of games vs. CS360 Top–50 teams … knocked in a Kristen Baker corner kick early in first half vs. [48] Oklahoma (for 1–0 lead), then ended game in double-OT (2–1) after running onto Rachael Shah’s pass and finishing breakaway (106’) – Furman's first win over a Big 12 team in program history (the Paladins are favored to win 2015 SoCon title) … converted PK two days later, cutting [50] Northeastern’s lead to 2–1 midway through 2nd half (Huskies won 3–1) … finished the week with 53 career goals spanning 66 games played with the Paladins (she could finish with 15-plus goals in each season of her career).

Career Highlights – Named first team all-Southern Conference in each of her first three seasons, incuding SoCon Player of the Year in 2012 (19G–4A, in 22 games) and again in 2014 (16G–6A in 19 GP) … totaled 15G–9A (in 23 GP) during her sophomore season, which included some time training with the U.S. Under-20 National Team … her 19 goals in 2012 led all freshmen in Division I … has earned spot on NSCAA All-Region team in each of her three seasons (2nd team in 2012, 3rd team ’13. 1st team ’14) … 2012 NSCAA All-American and three-time Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year, after starring for Hillcrest High School and for the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy.

Links – Game Recaps: 2–1 vs. Oklahoma and 1–3 vs. Northeastern 
Video Recap from win over OU  |  DeVita’s Bio

> Charde Hannah

South Alabama

Forward • So. • #11

Tupelo, MS


Charde Hannah A300

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Opening Week Summary – Helped Jags (picked to repeat as Sun Belt champs) post two road wins: 1–0 at SEC team Mississippi State and then 3–2 at in-state rival Samford (the SoCon favorites) … shook off subpar first half by scoring two late goals that turned 2–1 deficit into 3–2 win that closed road trip … ran onto a Jordan Duncan thru-ball and poked shot past ‘keeper to tie game in 71st minute … followed with eventual game-winner at 79’ – one-timing a cross from Ashlynn Jones at the top of the 6-yard box.

Coach Graham Winkworth – "Chardé had a very disappointing first half. I've got extremely high standards for her. I talked with her at halftime and I'm very happy with the way she responded. She defended a lot harder in the second half and worked harder to be the first person to reach the ball, and was rewarded because of it. She's got to continue to make sure she starts games as well as she finished tonight."

Career Highlights – 2014 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year (20G–7A) for team that went 19-3-1 and advanced to NCAAs … product of Tupelo High School and Birmingham United Soccer Association club program.

Links – Game Recaps: 1–0 at Mississippi State and 3–2 at Samford  |  Hannah’s Bio

> Val Margerum

Long Beach State

Center Back • Sr. • #10

Lafayette, CA

Val Margerum on ball A300

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Opening Week Summary – Veteran center back who anchored Long Beach defense that did not allow a goal through the first 191 minutes of the season – spanning historic 1–0 win over UCLA (cs360 #7) and battle vs. [29] Auburn that was 0–0 until Tigers scored in 2nd/final OT … part of LBSU back line that yielded only seven shots on goal and four corners kicks over the two games … helped limit the Bruins (notably dangerous forwards Taylor Smith and Darian Jenkins) to 10 shots, with only three on frame and no corner kicks (the game was a rarity as neither team had a CK) … that pressure-packed game stood 0–0 until midway through 2nd half … a program-record 2,332 fans were on hand to see LBSU beat UCLA for only the first time since 1983 … the 49ers could have posted another 1–0 win but the LBSU offense failed to cash in any of 19 shots (14 on goal) vs. Auburn, which was limited to 12 shots (4 on goal) and 4 CKs … part of back line that includes fellow center back Melanie Fox, left back Mimi Akaogi and right backs Allie Emmons & Kayla Lombardo. 

Career Highlights – Started 20 games in 2014, at defensive/holding midfielder … played her first two seasons at Oregon State, appearing in 13 games during 2012 and then in 19 (10 starts) during 2013 … product of Campolindo High School and the Lamorinda United club program.

Did You Know? – Both of Val Margerum’s parents were college athletes: father Larry with Dartmouth basketball and mom  Suzanne with the swimming team at Worcester Polytechnic.

Links – Game Recaps: 1–0 vs. UCLA and 0–1 vs. Auburn  |  Margerum’s Bio

> Jesse McGinley

Colorado State

Goalkeeper • Sr./Jr. • #0

Truckee, CA

Jesse McGinley A300

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Opening Week Summary – Stopped all 12 shots on goal during pair of games vs. in-state rivals, as CSU went undefeated in a weekend for the first time in its three-year history as a varsity program … her busy start to season included dealing with 36 total opponent shots and 11 corner kicks, while not yielding a goal across 200 minutes … rose to the Opening Day challenge vs. CS360 #30 Colorado, making eight saves while handling 24 total shots and seven corners, as CSU earned a 0–0 result to thrill a record home crowd of 2,300-plus … followed with four more saves and defensed four CKs, during 1–0 win over Summit League favorite Denver (at CU) … her steady play was vital all weekend for the Rams, whose only score came via an own-goal. 

Career Highlights – Appeared in 19 games (18 starts) during 2014 CSU season … started her career at UNC Greensboro in 2012, playing in two games (transferred to CSU after not seeing any game action in 2013) … product of Truckee High School and the Pacer United club program.

Links – Game Recaps: 0–0 vs. Colorado  |  1–0 vs. Denver  |  Bio

> McKenzie Meehan

Boston College

Forward • Sr./Jr. • #22

Gloucester, RI

McKenzie Meehan A300

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Opening Week Summary – Returned from injury (which held her out all of 2014 season) in fine form, scoring three goals as BC opened with pair of wins … picked up right where she left off in 2013 (school-record 20 goals) by scoring 16’ into game at crosstown rival Boston Univ., after beating two defenders to right endline, shooting from close range and heading in her own rebound … later, shortly after BU had tied the game, she cashed in an Allyson Swaby free kick, scoring a quality goal while being tightly marked, over the ‘keepers head for 2–1 win (80’) … also scored to cap 3–0 win at Colgate, giving her nearly one goal per game in her past two seasons (23G in 25 GP).

Career Highlights – Member of U.S. Under-20 National Team in 2014 but unable to play in U-20 World Championship due to injury (also missed entire BC season) … one year earlier, she was Co-Golden Boot winner (top scorer) at 2013 U-20 World Champ.p … NSCAA third team All-Region and second team All-ACC as a sophomore in 2013 (20G–1A; 23 GS) … member of 2012 ACC All-Freshman Team (9G; 22 GP/6 GS) … two-time prep All-American and 2010 Gatorade Rhode Island Player of the Year, while starring for LaSalle HS (4-year record of 76-0-7) and Scorpions club … led nation with 80 goals as senior in 2011, yielding 181 career goals at LaSalle (her sister Madison, now a senior defender at BC, had a nation-leading 44 assists that season).

Links – Game Recaps: 1-0 vs. Boston U. and 3-0 at Colgate  |  Bio

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> Stacie Moran

San Diego State

Center Back • So. • #13

Alta Loma, CA

Stacie Moran A300

Opening Week Summary – Standout center back who was only SDSU player to log every minute in pair of wins (including 2–0 at CS360 #14 Kentucky) … combined with fellow center back Jen Rupey, left back Ashley Hauke and right back Taylor Russell in forming defensive group that allowed only three shots on goal (11 total shots) and five corner kicks spanning the two victories … picked up the first two assists of her college career in 6–0 home win over Utah Valley, which was held without a shot on goal (4 total shots; 3 corners) … her well-placed long balls led to goals by Aliyah Utush (24’; 2–0) and Angela Mitchell (56’; 5–0) … joined her teammates in immediate cross-country trip to play two days later at Kentucky, which had not lost at home since 2013 and was coming off a quality opening win over CS360 #23 Washington … her strong marking, tackling and communication helped SDSU limit the ‘Cats to seven shots, only three of them on-goal, and a pair of CKs.

Career Notes – 2nd team All-Mountain West Conference in 2014 (started all 22 games) … product of Alta Loma High School and Inland Empire Surf club.

Links – Recaps: 6–0 vs. Utah Valley & 2–0 at Kentucky  |  Moran’s SDSU Bio

> Jaylyn Odermann

Nebraska

Outside Back • Sr. • #13

Gretna, NE

Jaylyn Odermann A300

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Opening Week Summary – Fourth-year starting defender who delivered at both ends of the field, as Huskers opened season with resounding 3–0 win over visiting Kansas (s360 #37) … scored or assisted on each goal, while helping limit KU to six shots on goal and four corner kicks in the shutout effort … had totaled only nine points (2G–5A) in 61 career games with the Huskers, before her five-point explosion vs. the Jayhawks … assisted on Katie Krautner’s early goal (9’) and then headed in a cross from Courtney Claassen for quick 2–0 lead (13’) … later drew a foul and converted the penalty kick, for the final 3–0 margin.

Career Highlights – Played nearly every minute of 2014 season (19 games), while recording one assist … as a sophomore in 2013. appeared in 22 of 24 games (starting 11, before being slowed by midseason injury), with a pair of postseason assists for team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament … started all 20 games as a freshman, while scoring twice and adding two assists … product of Millard North Hogh School and the Toro Soccer Club.

Links – Game Recap: 3–0 vs. Kansas  |  Odermann’s Bio

> Nichelle Prince

Ohio State

Forward • Jr. • #7

Ajax, Ontario


Nichelle Prince A300

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Opening Week Summary – Scored clutch overtime goal to beat Florida (cs360 #6), two days after assisting on pair of goals in opening 6–2 win over Illinois State, as OSU posted pair of home wins … flicked cross from Lindsey Agnew on to Sammy Edwards, who scored for quick lead in season opener (4’) … later picked up secondary assist with cross to Bridget Skinner, who slotted pass to Katelyn Kraft for 4–0 lead vs. Illinois State (’36) … ended game vs. Florida, after running onto thru-ball from Agnew and scoring from 12 yards out to the far-left post (95’).

In Her Own Words – “We knew we had to be strong on the ball to get inside [Florida’s] defense and it was that way all day. All we needed was one chance to go our way and luckily I was able to find the back of the net.”

Career Highlights – Returned from early leg injury to start 10 games in 2014 (3G–2A), after playing all 20 games/19 starts in 2013 (team-high 13 goals, six assists) … named to Big Ten All-Freshman Team and second team All-Big Ten in 2013 … product of Pickering Soccer Club and the Canadian Youth National Team system (played in Under-20 World Championship).

Links – Game Recaps: 6–2 vs. Illinois State and 1–0 vs. Florida  |  Prince’s OSU Bio

> Dominique Randle

USC

Center Back• Sr./Jr. • #5

Sammamish, WA

Dominique Randle A300

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Opening Week Summary – Emerging force at center back who anchored USC defense that opened season with 172 shutout minutes vs. two of nation’s top teams (CS360 #12 Texas Tech and #1/defending champs Florida State), en route to splitting a pair of 1–0 thrillers, in tournament action at New Mexico … has mentored freshman Ally Prisock's quick transition to college soccer (as the team’s other starting center back) … combined with Prisock and yet another newcomer, senior ‘keeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme (who sat out in 2014, after transfer from Oregon State) – plus sr. left back Natalie Donaldson and jr. right back Kayla Mills – in limiting both opponents to four shots on goal (TTU managed only six total shots and FSU only nine) … played nearly the entire weekend locked in tense 0–0 games (USC’s goal vs. the Raiders came at 83’ and was set up by a cross from Mills) … the showdown with FSU was nearing OT, before a late rebound goal (’83) proved to be the difference.

Career Highlights – Returned in 2014 from knee surgery (which wiped out her entire 2013 season) and anchored defense while appearing in all 21 games, with 20 starts … earlier utilized redshirt season in 2012 … product of Skyline High School and Eastside FC, also training with the ODP Region IV program. 

Did You Know? – Dominique’s father Ivory Randle was a member of the football team at the University of Washington, while her sister Brittanee Randle also played Division I soccer, as a defender at Missouri from 2011-14.

Links – Game Recaps: 1–0 vs. Texas Tech and 0–1 vs. Florida State  |  Randle’s USC Bio

> Murielle Tiernan

Virginia Tech

Forward • Jr. • #20

Ashburn, VA

Murielle Tiernan A300

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CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week

Opening Week Summary – Delivered three of the Hokies four goals during tournament action at University of Indiana, highlighted by 2–1 win over CS360 #9 West Virginia in Opening Week’s only top–10 matchup … scored both goals in opening 2–1 win over the Hoosiers, giving VT quick 2–0 lead aftter heading in a cross from Heather Timothy (’11) and then scoring from 10 yards out in the center of the box (18’; assisted by Morgan Conklin) … helped VT overcome poor first half vs. WVU by scoring game’s first goal (’54), assisted by Ashley Maier (shot again came from center of the box, 15 yards out), while doing battle vs. Mountaineers defense fronted by center back Kadeisha Buchanan (who received the Top Young Player Award at 2015 World Cup).

Career Highlights – A first team NSCAA All-Region and All-ACC performer in 2014, while starting all 22 games with 14G–6A (including 3G–3A spanning pair of NCAA Tournament wins over Dayton and Georgetown) … made big contributions as freshman on historic 2013 team that reached NCAA semifinals (11G–5A; ACC All-Freshman Team) … her 2013 postseason production included: early assist and GWG in 4–2 ACC semifinal win over Virginia; goal in 1–0 NCAA win over WVU; and team’s lone goal plus decisive PK in shootout vs. Santa Clara (NCAA rd-of-16) … product of Stone Bridge High School (where she also played basketball) and FC Virginia Hotspur.

Links – Recaps: 2–1 at Indiana  |  2–1 vs. West Virginia  |  Tiernan’s VT Bio

> Megan Trabert

Utah

Center Back • Sr. • #18

Salt Lake City, UT

Megan Trabert A290

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Opening Week Summary – Veteran center back who has started every game during past four seasons but faced challenge in 2015 of playing with three new starters along the back line (freshman center back Hailey Skolmoski, plus seniors Ali Ellen and Baylee Nielsen, both converted forwards, at the outside back spots) … that quartet combined with veteran ’keeper Lindsey Luke to post pair of road shutouts (spanning 203’) vs. quality opponents, in 1–0 overtime win at Marquette and 0–0 battle at CS360 #22 DePaul … helped limit Marquette, always a tough foe at home, to seven shots on goal and four corner kicks in tense OT win … central part of defense that shut down DePaul, which managed only seven total shots (two on frame) and four corners.

Career Highlights – Started all 20 games (4G–2A) for 2014 team that raced to 9–0–3 start but then slumped and missed NCAAs (the Utes allowed only 21 goals, but scored only 26) … also started all 21 games in 2013 (3G–2A) and all 19 as a freshman in 2012 … product of East High School and the Utah Avalanche club program.

Did You Know? – Yes, Megan Trabert’s grandfather Tony Trabert is THAT Tony Trabert, the former elite professional tennis player who was ranked No. 1 in the world, after a standout 1955 season that included winning the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, while losing to Ken Rosewall in the semifinals of the Australian Open, in Rosewall’s homeland (Trabert is one of four men’s tennis players ever to win three or four Grand Slam events in same year) … Tony Trabert – who went 5–0 in Grand Slam finals (also winning the 1953 U.S. and ’54 French Opens) – earlier was a standout basketball and tennis player at the University of Cincinnati, winning the NCAA singles title in 1951 (he later served as a CBS tennis and golf analyst for 30-plus years) … his son Mike Trabert (Megan’s father) played varsity tennis at Utah.

Links – Game Recaps: 1–0 at Marquette and 0–0 at DePaul  |  Trabert’s Bio  
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