Release: Sept. 22, 2015
Contact: Pete LaFleur (email@example.com)
MINNESOTA’S SIMONE KOLANDER TOP HONOREE AMONG CS360’s WEEK–5
• 13 others honored for week of Sept. 14–20, including CS360 National Freshman of the Week Mimi Asom (Princeton).
> Minnesota’s Simone Kolander (right)
scored a pair of crucial goals, as the
Gophers opened Big Ten play with two
huge wins, at Ohio State and Penn State.
Minnesota junior forward Simone Kolander (Lakeville, Minn.) – who scored in Big Ten opening weekend wins at Ohio State and Penn State – leads the way among the CS360 week–5 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for Division I women’s soccer, covering games played from Sept. 14–20, 2015. Kolander is the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week, while the 14 Primetime Performer honorees for week–5 also include Princeton rookie forward Mimi Asom (Dallas, Texas), the CS360 National Freshman of the Week
As a reminder, the CS360 Primetime Performers (which began in 2009) highlight players who perform at a high level – both consistently and in timely fashion – during games that carry potential significance to postseason qualification and positioning (i.e. based on quality of opponents and other situational factors, beyond raw stats; see Primetime Performer selection criteria, posted below).
KOLANDER scored in both games as the Gophers opened Big Ten play with an impressive showing on the road, winning first in comeback fashion at CS3560 #25 Ohio State (2–1) and then in a 1–0 thriller at  Penn State. Her fourth goal of the season, with overtime looming (80’), provided the difference at OSU, knocking in her own rebound from six yards out. She then scored midway through the first half at PSU, completing a sequence that included Haley Helverson’s long diagonal pass from the left flank and Sydney Squires’ hustling redirection from the right side of the box. Kolander was filling the middle on that play and slid in at the left post, with the shot nudging to the right and trickling away from ‘keeper Britt Eckerstrom (31’).
In the big win at Penn State, Kolander helped Minnesota hold a sizable share of the run of play, with the Gophers outshooting the Nittany Lions 12–10 (also 5–3 in shots on goal, while PSU had an 11–6 margin in corner kicks).
ASOM – the leading scorer on the Dallas Sting 2014 and ’15 ECNL national championship teams – scored a pair of key goals during Princeton’s home weekend sweep of a pair of quality opponents: Atlantic–10 Conference contender La Salle (4–1) and CS360 #34 William & Mary (2–1; OT). She gave the Tigers a 2–0 halftime lead vs. the Explorers, after running onto an Emily Sura pass lofted down the left side and one-timing a leftfooted shot past the charging goalkeeper (’42). Asom also earned her team a late free kick (via a red-card/hard tackle by LaSalle), with fellow forward Tyler Lussi converting the set piece to cap that 4–1 win (’87).
Later in the week, Asom broke a 1–1 deadlock vs. William & Mary early in overtime (92’), after a failed corner-kick clearance led to three consecutive Princeton headers beyond the top of the box. When the third header sent the ball into the top right corner of the box, the talented rookie held off a Tribe defender and sharply struck a half-volley, rightfooted shot inside the far-left post (with the ’keeper again charging out).
… The 14 week–5 Primetime Performers include five defenders, five goalkeepers, three forwards and one defensive/holding midfielder. Seven of the honorees are seniors (one of them a fifth-year player), plus four juniors, two sophomores and one freshman. The 14 week–5 Primetime Performers hail from 11 different home states/provinces, including two each from California, Texas and Washington, along with one each from: British Columbia, Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Oregon.
Three of the week–5 Primetime Performers – Oklahoma senior center back Laura Rayfield, Indiana fifth-year goalkeeper Sarah Stone and Clemson junior center back Claire Wagner – each were honored by CS360 earlier this season, as members of the week–2 Primetime Performers. Rayfield is a four-time CS360 Primetime Performers honoree (all over the past two seasons, since her transfer from Oregon State) while Wagner now has been named to the honor roll three times in her three-year career.
Headshots of all 14 week–5 Honor Roll members are included in the right sidebar, while detailed player capsules (including action photos) are featured at the bottom of this page (now added for all 14 honorees).
... 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 #5 Division I Women
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com … for the week of Sept. 14–20, 2015)
"It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."
*MIMI ASOM (Princeton … F … Fr. … Dallas, TX … #19)
SCHUYLER DeBREE (Duke … D … So. … Fair Haven, NJ … #19)
SHELBY KOCH (Loyola-Chicago … D … Jr. … Mill Creek, WA … #22)
*SIMONE KOLANDER (Minnesota … F … Jr. … Lakeville, MN … #2)
LUCIELLE KOZLOV (Dartmouth … F … Sr. … Vancouver, B.C. … #13)
ROBIN MERTENS (Cal Poly… D … Sr. … El Cerrito, CA … #21)
HALLE PYLE (Wright State… G … Sr. … Centerville, OH … #1)
BROOKE RAMSIER (Auburn … DM … Jr. … Dallas, TX … #23)
LAURA RAYFIELD (Oklahoma … D … Sr. … Auburn, WA … #5)
SARA SMALL (Arkansas-Little Rock… G … Sr. … Bend, OR … #91)
ALEXIS SMITH (UC Davis … G … So./Fr. … San Jose, CA … #1)
SARAH STONE (Indiana … G … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Evansville, IN … #0)
ANDI TOSTANOSKI (Santa Clara … G … Sr. … Colorado Springs, CO … #1)
CLAIRE WAGNER (Clemson … D … Jr. … Cary, NC … #5)
* – Kolander is the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week and Asom the CS360 National Freshman of the Week.
Scroll down for capsule data (text being added later in the day), with action photos, for all 14 players on the Primetime Performers Honor Roll.
> Earlier 2015 Primetime Performers Honor Rolls: Week–4 | Week–3 | Week–2 | Week–1
> CS360 Primetime Performers D-I Women Archive: 2014 .. 2013 .. 2012 .. 2011 .. 2010 .. 2009
> Mimi Asom
Forward … Fr. … #19
CS360 National Freshman of the Week
Week–5 Summary – Scored pair of key goals during home weekend sweep of quality opponents: Atlantic–10 contender La Salle and CS360 #34 William & Mary … gave Tigers 2–0 halftime lead vs. the Explorers, after running onto Emily Sura’s pass lofted down the left side and one-timing a leftfooted shot past the charging ‘keeper (’42) … earned her team late free kick (via a red-card), with fellow forward Tyler Lussi converting the set piece to cap that 4–1 win (’87) … broke 1–1 deadlock vs. W&M early in overtime (92’), after failed corner-kick clearance led to three consecutive Princeton headers beyond the top of the box … when the third header sent the ball into the top right corner of the box, she held off a Tribe defender and sharply struck a half-volley, rightfooted shot inside the far-left post (with the ’keeper again charging out) … her nine points (4G–1A) trail only Lussi among the team’s leading scorers.
In Her Own Words – “Our midfielders did a great job keeping the ball around the box, and the ball dropped and I just went for it. They set up a really good chance for me.”
Career Highlights – Key member of powerhouse Dallas Sting club team that won ECNL national titles in 2014 and ’15 (she led team in scoring both years), after earlier finishing as national runner-up in 2011 and placing third in 2013 (when she led the ECNL National Tournament with six goals) … in pre-ECNL days, her 2011 Sting team won the USYSA Nationals and she was named to that tournament’s Best 11 team, in addition to winning that tournament’s prestigious Golden Ball Award (for “greatest competitive impact”) … also competed with ODP Region III program … attended Hockaday School, where she was a member of the 4x100 relay team that won the state title. winning an SPC state title.
> Schuyler DeBree
Defender … So. … #19
Fair Haven, NJ
Week–5 – Versatile defender who continued to played all over the Duke back line, most notably fillwing a leading role during 0–0 game vs. defending NCAA champ Florida State … the Blue Devils – minus injured holding midfielder Kara Wilson – drew on their unique/deep back-line rotation (six have been regular starters) vs. FSU, bumping center back Rebecca Quinn up to holding mid. (DeBree played all 110’ vs. the ’Noles at center back, alongside Lizzy Raben) … earlier in the week, played reserve role (55’) in 6–0 win over Appalachian State … part of Duke defense that for the week allowed only three shots on goal (impressively a lone SOG for FSU) and a pair of corner kicks (one from each opponent) … joined Raben, left back Christina Gibbons and right back Morgan Reid as starting defense that limited FSU to eight total shots (seven off-frame) … shifting Quinn allowed Duke to play four in midfield, helping counteract FSU’s five-midfielder formation (4–5–1, a.k.a 4–2–3–1) … spent a large chunk of the FSU game shadowing elite All-America forward Cheyna Williams, who managed only one shot (off-frame) during her 106’ … has appeared in all 10 games this season, starting seven, for Blue Devils squad that has posted seven shutouts with only five goals allowed.
In Her Own Words – “Honestly, I think we deserved to win that game. But I’m especially proud of the way we defended. It’s been more of a team effort. We knew they would look to find [Cheyna Williams] over the top, so immediately when we saw that … we were dropping off 5–10 yards. I don’t think the ball ever got over our heads, maybe once. That was big because we were winning balls going forward instead of chasing her over the top. Once we shut her down that way, they stopped looking that way for her in the second half. … The first tackle is always big against forwards who are so talented. I give her a lot of credit. Some forwards will shut down and stop running at you and she came all game long. An aggressive mentality is very important against players like that. … We have been rotating [in the back line]. For some teams, that might be challenging, because chemistry on the back line is huge, but I’ve been really impressed with the way that we can rotate players and maintain the mentality: no goals, no shots. I give a lot of credit to our defensive organization.”
Career Highlights – Started all 18 games (assists vs. Penn State/Wake Forest) for 2014 team that narrowly missed NCAAs … product of various U.S. Youth National Teams since she was 14, also training with ODP Region I program … product of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and PDA Slammers club team (2013 ECNL U–17 national champions).
> Shelby Koch
Outside Back • Jr. • #22
Mill Creek, WA
Week–5 Summary – Played key role in pair of notable results, as Ramblers played to 0–0 final vs. crosstown foe DePaul (cs360 #21) before staging 3–2 comeback win at Milwaukee (Loyola’s former top rival in the Horizon League) … logged 81 minutes in the scoreless battle vs. the Blue Demons, helping limit the visitors to four shots on goal during the 110’ … provided corner-kick assist on goal that yielded 1–0 lead at Milwaukee (Jenna Szczesny redirected the corner and Avalon Senn-Raemont fiished the sequence with a header goal) … Milwaukee then scored two quick goals and Loyola tied it for a 2–2 halftime … scored decisive goal in 67th minute, after taking pass from Madison Kimball and striking 25-yard shot that curled from top of the arc into the net for 3–2 final (Loyola’s first win over Milwaukee on the Panthers’ home field since 1994 and the Ramblers first win in the series since ’98).
Career Highlights – Named honorable mention all-Missouri Valley Conference in 2014, after playing in all 19 games (17 starts; 3 assists) … part of 2013 MVC All-Freshman Team (20 GP/19 GS; 4A) … product of Archbishop Murphy High School and the Crossfire ECNL club program.
> Simone Kolander
Forward • Jr. • #2
CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week
Week–5 Summary – Scored in both games as the Gophers opened Big Ten play with impressive showing on the road, winning first in comeback fashion at CS3560 #25 Ohio State (2–1) and then in a 1–0 thriller at  Penn State … her fourth goal of the season, with overtime looming (80’), provided the difference at OSU, knocking in her own rebound from six yards out … scored midway through the first half at PSU, completing sequence that included Haley Helverson’s long diagonal pass from the left flank and Sydney Squires’ hustling redirection from the right side of the box … was filling the middle on that play and slid in at the left post, with the shot nudging to the right and trickling away from ‘keeper Britt Eckerstrom (31’) … helped the Gophers hold a sizable share of the run of play, with Minnesota outshooting Penn State 12–10 (also 5–3 in shots on goal, while PSU had an 11–6 margin in corner kicks).
Career Highlights – Started all 21 games in 2014 (2G–4A), after also appearing in all 21 (19 starts) as a freshman in 2013 (2G–5A) … product of Minnesota Thunder Academy club (2nd in Challenge B at 2012 ECNL Nationals) … three-sport athlete at Lakeville North High School (also participated in basketball and track, competing in sprints and triple jump).
> Lucielle Kozlov
Forward • Sr. • #13
Week–5 Summary – Team captain who has scored two goals in four straight games, most recently in 3–1 comeback at Northeastern (cs360 #45) and again in 6–0 home rout of Sacred Heart … scored go-ahead goal vs. the Huskies (68’), with a first-time finish from the center of the box (assisted by Lauren Lucas) … tacked on an insurance goal (’83) following a scramble in the box … also had scored gamewinner vs. Northeastern in 2014 … scored team’s lone first-half goal vs. Sacred Heart (19’), cashing in another scramble sequence, following a Remy Borinsky corner kick … her second score in that game ignited a four-goal outburst in a span of 13 minutes … extended lead to 2–0 on a rebound goal (52’), after Brittany Champagne’s initial shot had been saved … has racked up nine goals in only seven games this season, nearly equaling her goal total (10) from the previous three seasons combined.
Dartmouth Coach Ron Rainey – “Lucielle is getting herself into good places. It is so rushed when you’re close to the goal, but she remains composed and I am really proud that she is taking care of the opportunities.”
Career – Earned honorable mention All-Ivy League as a sophomore in 2013 (3G–2A; 17 GP/14 GS) and again in 2014 (5G–2A; 15 GS) … appeared in 16 games as a freshman in 2012 (3 GS; 2G–2A) … product of the Argyle School, the Whitecaps Elite club team and the British Columbia Provincial Team.
> Robin Mertens
Center Back • Sr. • #21
El Cerrito, CA
Week–5 Summary – Veteran center back who anchored back line as Mustangs won comfortably over Atlantic–10 Conference favorite Dayton, 4–1, before earning a 0–0 result vs. visiting California (cs360 #13) … helped limit both opponents to six shots on goal, including only one from Cal’s Arielle Shipp (who had scored eight goals in the Bears’ first eight games) … has played every minute this season, while starting in 28 of Cal Poly’s past 29 games.
Career Highlights – Named second team All-Big West in 2014, after starting all 19 games … appeared in 14 games as a sophomore and 13 as a freshman in 2012, making nine starts in both of those seasons … product of Albany High School while also playing club soccer for the ACC Mavericks and Pleasanton Rage.
> Halle Pyle
Goalkeeper • Sr. • #1
Week–5 Summary – Second-year starting ‘keeper who turned in strong all-around game in conference opener at Horizon League favorite Valparaiso, helping earn a 1–1 result … her action-packed day included dealing with 20 total Crusaders shots and an onslaught of 13 corner kicks (compared to only seven shots and no CKs for Wright State) … Valpo’s lone goal came early in the second half, on a scramble sequence following a free-kick opportunity … went on to register six of her nine saves in the second half and overtime, including a key moment in the 95th minute when her diving stop pushed April Cronin’s shot wide of the goal.
Career Highlights – Appeared in 17 games as a junior during the 2014 season, with five shutouts … played sparingly (two games) as a sophomoee in 2013, after making one appearance in 2012 as a member of the University of Louisville team … product of Centerville High School and the Metro FC club program.
> Brooke Ramsier
Def. Mid. • Jr. • #23
Week–5 Summary – Defensive/holding midfielder who impacted all three goal sequences in Auburn’s quality 3–1 road win at Tennessee (cs360 #43), the first win for the Tigers in Knoxville since 2009 … combined with twin sister Casie Ramsier and Courtney Schell to log the full 90 minutes, comprising the midfield unit that played a huge possession role in the victory … supplied primary assist on game’s first goal, sending rightside corner kick to far post, where Sophie Simantel’s point-blank header yielded the 1–0 lead (21’) … helped Tigers reclaim the lead 15 minutes later, after reversing the field on a counter-attack sequence (Logan Beal’s pass then led Charlotte VanIshoven down the left side, resulting in a leftfooted score to the far-right corner; 36’) … the Vols had allowed only one goal in their eight previous games this season … her lead pass into the left side of the box later sprung Kristen Dodson, who worked to her right while beating a strong slide tackle before scoring on a high shot from 20 yards out (62’) … also helped limit Vols to five shots on goal and one corner kick.
In Her Own Words – “We started out slow last week and didn’t want the same thing. We knew we had to start fast and play a full 90 because nothing comes easy in this league. … It’s our job as midfielders to keep possession and get the ball to our front line. It’s good for us to connect like we did today.”
Auburn Coach Karen Hoppa – “Credit to our midfield, our possession was great. Our entire midfield was the MVP of this game. They worked really hard in the second half and were the key throughout for us.”
Career Highlights – Started 22 games at midfield or forward in 2014 (4G–2A), after playing all 22 as a freshman (11 GS; 1G–1A) … invited to train with U.S. Under-18 National Team in 2012 … product of Plano West Senior HS and Solar Chelsea club (2011 ECNL Div. B champs) … all three of her sisters also have been college athletes: twin sister Casie is a midfielder at Auburn, while older sister Alexa competed in cross country/track at Air Force and Jordan played soccer at Nevada.
> Laura Rayfield
Center Back • Sr. • #5
Week–5 Summary – Senior center back who has made a significant impact on the Oklahoma program, since her transfer from Oregon State prior to the 2014 season … helped deliver a pair of notable home results during the past week, as OU won 2–1 vs. in-state rival and CS360 #41 Tulsa (which had started 8–0–0), followed by a 2–0 shutout of  Arizona State … scored in both games while anchoring defense that allowed only eight shots on goal and five corner kicks spanning the pair of games (Tulsa was held to 6 shots, 3 on goal, and 2 CKs, while ASU had 11 shots, 5 SOG and 3 CKs) … opened the scoring with early goal vs. Tulsa, converting on a free kick from the right side (7’) … sent home a penalty-kick goal (70’) for the final 2–0 margin vs. ASU.
Career Highlights – Has been named to the CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll four times during the past two seasons (see below) … spent first two seasons at Oregon State before making transfer to Oklahoma, where she started all 23 games in the 2014 season (1G–4A) and earned a spot on All-Big 12 Newcomer Team … made eight starts as a freshman at Oregon State in 2012, followed by 17 starts (1G) in 2013 … product of Kentlake High School and Crossfire Premier club team that reached the ECNL national final.
Rayfield Previously on CS360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll:
> Sept. 1, 2015 (week–2), after shutout wins over OK St. and UALR
> Nov. 4, 2014 (week–11), after 1–0 win over Kansas (KU 4 SOG, 2 CKs)
> Sept. 9, 2014 (week–3), wins at Nebraska (assist on tying goal 70’; won 2–1 in 2 OT) and vs. Central Ark. (1A in 5–0 win)
> Sara Small
Goalkeeper • Sr. • #91
Week–5 Summary – Senior transfer who rose to the occasion at Texas (cs360 #35), leading young UALR squad to a notable 0–0 result (three weeks after losing 4–0 at Oklahoma, in a similar game vs. a power conference team) … saw plenty of action during the hot day, defensing 29 total shots (she saved all eight on frame) and 10 corner kicks, plus various other crosses and balls passed into the box … made a key early save (’17), diving to deflect a Mikayla Flores running volley from close range … preserved the tie in the closing minutes of overtime, battling through a crowded penalty area to punch away Lindsey Miller’s corner-kick header … also helped UALR win 3–1 at Mississippi Valley State earlier in the week … her first season at UALR has included making 13 saves in regulation at Ole Miss (Rebs won 1–0 in OT).
Career Highlights – Played sparingly during 2012–14 seasons at Wake Forest, backing up WFU’s starting ‘keepers (including All-American Aubrey Bledsoe, in 2012–13) … also competed with the WFU track and field team, as a pole vaulter, during her freshman season … product of Sisters High School, where she participated in both sports.
> Alexis Smith
Goalkeeper • So/Fr. • #1
San Jose, CA
Week–5 Summary – Northern California native who has returned to the west coast, after spending 2014 season at Tennessee … has made impressive and immediate impact on her new team, with six shutouts and only six goals allowed through the first 10 games – including last week’s 1–0 overtime loss at Stanford (cs360 #7) and tense 1–0 home win over  San Diego State … faced 33 total shots (10 on goal) and 12 corner kicks in the pair of challenging games, with her lone goal allowed coming on Stanford’s well-placed shot into the upper-right corner (92’) … that game was only the third Stanford–UC Davis matchup and first since 1993 (the Cardinal had 23 shots and 9 CKs) … her nine-save week included five at Stanford and then four more in the shutout of Mountain West favorite SDSU.
Career Highlights – Spent 2014 season at University of Tennessee but did not see any action, as starter Jamie Simmons played every minute … product of Valley Christian High School and the De Anza Force 95G Blue club program … also was part of U.S. Under–18 National Team player pool.
> Sarah Stone
Goalkeeper • Sr. • #0
Week–5 Summary – Named to the CS360 Primetime Performers for the second time over the past four weeks, after allowing only one goal (on a corner-kick header) in pair of ties against CS360 Top–50 opponents: 0–0 vs.  Illinois and 1–1 vs.  Northwestern … navigated through plenty of chaos during the two tightly-contested games, while defensing 42 total shots (she saved 12 of 13 put on frame) and 10 corner kicks (five in each games) … registered seven saves for the third straight game, in Big Ten opener vs. the Illini … helped shut down dangerous Illini frontrunner Jannelle Flaws, who launched six shots (three saved by Stone) … the multi-dimensional Flaws, a rare sixth-year player (2010 and ’12 seasons wiped out by injuries) ranked among nation’s goalscoring leaders over past two seasons (40 goals in 43 games during that 2013–14 span) … saved a point-blank shot from Flaws early in the second half … made pair of saves during flurry late in regulation, also making an overtime save against Flaws … helped IU overcome a Northwestern go-ahead goal early in the second half (her first goal allowed in 192’), as Hoosiers struggling offense gained the equalizer for a 1–1 final.
In Her Own Words – "It's always nice to get a point in conference. We’re playing in a great conference. Illinois has always been a tough team and I think they’re even stronger this year. … I enjoy getting a little bit of action. I guess I'm used to it. If I need to do it, I do it.”
Career Highlights – Started 18 games in 2014, after not seeing game action in 2013 and earlier making seven starts (four games off the bench) in 2012 (redshirt season in 2011) … product of Evansville Memorial High School (ranked 5th in nation her senior season) and the Futbol Club of Evansville.
Stone Previously on CS360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll:
> Sept. 1, 2015 (week–2), totaled 10 saves spanning notable shutouts vs. Missouri and Baylor
> Andi Tostanoski
Goalkeeper • Sr. • #1
Colorado Springs, CO
Week–5 Summary – Fourth-year starter who made what Santa Clara coach Jerry Smith dubbed “one of the biggest saves in program history,” stopping a late penalty kick vs. arch-rival Stanford (cs360 #7), with the Broncos scoring moments later en route to the huge 1–0 win … that result marked SCU’s first win over their South Bay rival since 2006 and first victory over a top–10 opponent since topping then–#3 Pepperdine in 2011 (1–0) … also helped snuff out several other developing Stanford scoring chances (including 11 total shots and nine corner kicks) during the tense 90-minute battle … after a teammate’s hard tackle in the box drew the PK (78’), she dove right (pictured) to thwart Haley Rosen’s try from the spot (minutes later, Dani Weatherholt scored for SCU) … also helped Broncos post 3–1 win earlier in the week vs. Cal State Northridge team that had started 6–2–0 … that game nearly was a shutout, but a breakdown in the SCU corner-kick defense led to an 87th-minute goal.
In Her Own Words – [On the PK] I just felt it. The girl that committed the foul looked at me a little frantically, but I knew we were good. I knew what I needed to do and that was the little push we needed to win. I’m so proud to be a part of such a close-knit and hardworking family. We proved that there is no limit and I’m excited to see where we will end up this season.”
Santa Clara Coach Jerry Smith – “What you hope from your senior captains is that they step up both everyday and in your biggest moments. [Andi’s PK save] was a huge moment for us. To Andi’s credit, she's focused, prepared, and confident. She had one of the biggest saves in program history. … It takes a lot of discipline to stick to your gameplan when you’re tired and facing a great team. A team like Stanford waits for one wrong decision and capitalizes on it. We made one wrong decision that led to a penalty kick for them, but Andi made a great save.”
Career Highlights – Posted eight solo shutouts while starting all 20 games, en route to being named the 2014 West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year … also started all 22 games in 2013 (six solo shutouts) … member of 2012 WCC All-Freshman Team (20 GS; 7 shutouts) … trained with U.S. Under-18 National Team in 2011 … inducted into Colorado Youth Soccer Hall of Fame, following standout career at Palmer High School and with the Pride Predators club program.
> Claire Wagner
Center Back • Jr. • #5
Week–5 Summary – Named to the CS360 Primetime Performers for the second time in the past four weeks and third time in her career (see below), after anchoring Clemson defense that shut out visiting Notre Dame (cs360 #6) for 101-plus minutes – with her second goal of the season then ending that thrilling ACC opener … intercepted an ND clearing attempt and alertly struck 24-yard shot into far-right corner (giving her 2G–3A for the season) … combined with fellow center back Sam Staab along with twin outside backs Emily (left) and Gabby Byorth (right) in comprising back line that limited the Irish to five shots on goal and two corner kicks.
Career Highlights – Started 18 games in 2013 and 19 in 2014 (2G) … trained with 2013 U.S. U-20 National Team (also played in U–17 World Cup) … product of Panther Creek High School and CASL Chelsea Ladies that won ECNL national titles in 2011 and ’12 (fellow Primetime Performer Christina Gibbons of Duke also was member of that team).
Wagner Previously on CS360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll:
> Sept. 1, 2015 (week–2), after 2–1 comeback wins over arch-rival South Carolina (Tigers allowed only 3 SOG, 3 CKs) and UNC Wilmington (1G–1A)
> Aug. 27, 2013 (week–1), after quality shutouts vs. Auburn and Furman
Note – Photos on this page are courtesy of the respective schools.