CS360 Week-6 National Primetime Performers Honor Roll (DI Women; 9-29-15)

Ramsier sisters celebrate A450

AUBURN’S CASIE RAMSIER NAMED CS360 NATIONAL PRIMETIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• 14 others among CS360 Primetime Performers for Sept. 21–27 include CS360 National Freshman of the Week Megan Connolly (Florida State). 


> Auburn’s 
Casie Ramsier (#24, joined by twin sister #23 Brooke) celebrates her OT goal vs. Florida (capping her 4G–1A week).

Release: Sept. 29, 2015
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

Earlier 2015 Primetime Performers Honor Rolls:
Week–5 | Week–4 | Week–3 | Week–2 | Week–1

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


Auburn junior midfielder 
Casie Ramsier (Dallas, Texas) – whose nine-point week (4G–1A) included a double-overtime goal to beat LSU (cs360 #26) and a goal in the waning seconds of regulation (89:35) vs. [6] Florida – is the clear frontrunner among CS360’s week–6 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for Division I women’s soccer, spanning games played from Sept. 21–27, 2015. Ramsier is the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week, while the 15 Primetime Performer honorees for week–6 also include Florida State midfield newcomer Megan Connolly (Cork, Ireland), 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).

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– In addition to Ramsier and Connolly, the other week–6 Primetime Performers include (full list below):
Northwestern so. goalkeeper Lauren Clem (
Stevensville, MI) … Samford jr. D Olivia Cole (Orlando, FL)
Sacramento State so. F Kayla Collins (Newcastle, CA) 
… Tenn.-Martin fr. ‘keeper MaKenzie Crawford (O’Fallon, MO)
Marshall sr. D Jenna Dubs (Green Lane, PA) … South Florida so. G Kat Elliott (Bradenton, FL)
Hofstra sr. F Leah Galton (Harrogate, England) 
… Notre Dame sr. F Anna Maria Gilbertson (Davis, CA)
Nebraska so. G Erika Johnson (
North Oaks, MN) … South Carolina sr. F Raina Johnson (Charlotte, NC)
Michigan State fr. M/D Michaela Kovacs (Hudsonville, MI) 
… Cal Poly sr. F Elise Krieghoff (Clovis, CA … #13)
and TCU jr. F Michelle Prokof (Gurnee, IL)

… Prokof earlier this season was included in the week–3 Primetime Performers while Auburn’s Brooke Ramsier (Casie’s twin) was part of the Week–5 Primetime Performers.

CASIE RAMSIER delivered in both quantity and thrilling quality, as her 4G–1A during a pair of 3–2 wins included a double-overtime goal to beat [26] LSU and then the winning goal in the final minute of regulation (89:35) to stun [6] Florida, as the Tigers surged to 10–1–0 and #8 in the NSCAA coaches poll). The junior attacking midfielder redirected a Charlotte Van Ishoven corner kick minutes before halftime vs. LSU (1–1) and later assisted on the go-ahead goal (64’), after receiving a free kick from Kala Faulkner and feeding the ball to Taylor Troutman for a goal from the left side.

After seeing LSU force overtime with a late penalty kick (’86), Ramsier scored the gamewinner minutes before things would have ended in a tie – connecting with Hannah Alspach’s cross for a header near the left post (the five points are most by an Auburn player since 2012). She helped Auburn rack up a 23–12 shot edge and 14–6 corner-kick margin, in the exciting battle of the Tigers.

Two days later, Ramsier scored at both the front and back end of the second half, helping Auburn beat Florida for first time since 2011 (it also was the program’s first win over a top–10 opponent since 2011). She opened the scoring vs. the Gators (47’) after knocking in her own rebounded 10-yard shot, finishing with her left (off-foot). The Tigers scored again two minutes later (Kristen Dodson, assisted by Brooke Ramsier) but Florida scoring machine Savannah Jordan scored twice, ultimately sending the game to the brink of OT. Troutman’s rightside corner kick sailed to the far side of the goal, with Ramsier then scoring on a half-volley for the dramatic clincher at 89:35 (pictured above), as she pushed her team-leading point total to 18 (8G–2A).

> Ramsier Links – Week-6 Recaps: 3–2 vs. LSU and 3–2 vs. Florida  |  Ramsier’s Bio
(scroll down to capsule info. for postgame quotes from Ramsier and Auburn coach Karen Hoppa)

CONNOLLY has assumed the attacking midfielder role filled the past four seasons by another FSU international player, standout Icelandic native Dagny Brynjarsdottir. The newcomer from Ireland controlled the game tempo and created numerous scoring chances while factoring into all four Seminoles goals during a 3–1 win over [6] Clemson (first time in 2015 Tigers allowed more than one goal) and in a 1–0 win at [8] Notre Dame (the Irish won at #1 UVa earlier in the week). Connolly helped FSU dominate the run of play in both games, as Clemson totaled only three shots on goal while ND had but one (plus only one corner kick).

Praised by Seminoles coach Mark Krikorian as the “best player on the field” during the win over Clemson, Connolly (1G–2A), picked up a rebound assist on a shot off the left post, with fellow freshman midfielder Kaycie Tillman scoring for an early lead vs. the Tigers (2’), FSU’s quickest goal of the season. Clemson’s goal (25’) then ended FSU’s shutout streak at 470 minutes, but Connolly later flicked the ball over the back line to spring Cheyna Williams for a goal under the ‘keeper (47’).  

Connolly’s penalty-kick goal (68’) capped the win, marking the first time Clemson has allowed three goals in a game since mid-2013. Three days later, she helped push FSU’s unbeaten streak in ACC games to 14, as the ’Noles registered a notable road victory over ND. Connolly made a run down the left flank and behind the Irish defense before sending a cross to Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, who then directed a pass to Elin Jensen for the easy score (35’). Connolly – who leads FSU with 15 points (4G–7A) – is part of a Seminoles team that has allowed only one second-half goal all season.  

> Connolly Links – Week-6 Recaps: 3–1 vs. Clemson and 1–0 at Notre Dame  |  Connolly’s FSU Bio
(scroll down to capsule info. for postgame quotes from Connolly and FSU coach Mark Krikorian)

… The 15 week–6 Primetime Performers include six forwards, four goalkeepers, a couple midfielders, a pair of defenders and one player who split time in the midfield and on the back line. Five of the honorees are seniors, plus four sophomores, three juniors and three freshmen. The 15 week–6 Primetime Performers hail from 11 different home states/foreign countries, including three from California and two each from Florida and Michigan, plus one each from: England, Illinois, Ireland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Headshots of all 15 week–6 Honor Roll members are included in the right sidebar, while detailed player capsules (including action photos) are featured at the bottom of this page (text still being added for some of the 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 #6     Division I Women
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com … for the week of Sept. 21–27, 2015)
        "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."

LAUREN CLEM  (Northwestern … G … So. … Stevensville, MI … #1)
– Posted shutouts vs. Maryland and [12] Rutgers (‘Cats, unbeaten in B1G, had to play two reserve def. vs. RU)
OLIVIA COLE  (Samford … D … Jr. … Orlando, FL … #28)
– Anchored D that allowed only 4 SOG & 1 CK in shutouts vs. rival Furman (fellow SoCon contender) & Wofford
KAYLA COLLINS  (Sacramento State … F … So. … Newcastle, CA … #24)
– Scored in OT vs. Big Sky fav. Northern Arizona (1–0), then CK assist & goal vs. Southern Utah (4–1)
*MEGAN CONNOLLY  (Florida State … M … Fr. … Cork, Ireland … #3)
– Controlled game tempo and created numerous scoring chances while factoring into all four FSU goals during 3–1 win over [6] Clemson (first time in 2015 Tigers allowed more than one goal) and in 1–0 win at [8] ND, which had just won at #1 UVa
MAKENZIE CRAWFORD  (Tennessee-Martin … G … Fr. … O’Fallon, MO … #00)
– Rose to big-game challenge with 10 saves in 1–0 win over OVC fav. SIUE (also 3 saves plus an assist in 3–1 win vs. EIU)
JENNA DUBS  (Marshall … D … Sr. … Green Lane, PA … #24)
– Center back leader who helped Herd allow only 7 total SOG in shutouts vs. top C–USA teams N. Texas (0–0) & Rice (1–0)
KAT ELLIOTT  (South Florida … G … So. … Bradenton, FL … #36)
– Pair of 1–0 shutouts included career-high eight saves vs. [20] UConn (AAC fav.) and two more vs. Temple
LEAH GALTON  (Hofstra … F … Sr. … Harrogate, England … #21)
– Scored both goals in 2–1 win at fellow CAA contender [44] William & Mary, adding another goal in 2–0 win at Elon
ANNA MARIA GILBERTSON  (Notre Dame … F … Sr. … Davis, CA …#6)
– Delivered pair of clutch goals (12’ & 104’) in 2–1 win at [1] Virginia, also helping ND stay close in 0–1 game vs. [3] FSU
ERIKA JOHNSON  (Nebraska … G … So. … North Oaks, MN … #0)
– Racked up 13 saves in big undefeated week vs. [5] Penn. St (1–1) & [34] Ohio St. (2–0), defensing 33 total shots & 9 CKs
*RAINA JOHNSON  (South Carolina … F … Sr. … Charlotte, NC … #4)
– Headed in late goal (89’) to beat [10] Texas A&M (2–1), then scored early (6’) in 3–0 win over Alabama
MICHAELA KOVACS  (Michigan State … M/D … Fr. … Hudsonville, MI … #4)
– Versatile rookie scored 0:46 into game vs. [35] Michigan, later moved to D (two teammates injured) in big 3–0 rivalry win
ELISE KRIEGHOFF  (Cal Poly … F … Sr. … Clovis, CA … #13)
– Returned from midseason injury to score pair of big-game goals in 1–1 battles vs. [9] BYU and at [25] Pepperdine 
MICHELLE PROKOF  (TCU … F … Jr. … Gurnee, IL … #10)
– Scored first two goals in 3–0 win over [50] Oklahoma State, after earlier helping Frogs rout Iowa State 5–0
*CASIE RAMSIER  (Auburn … M … Jr. … Dallas, TX … #24)
– Totaled 4G–1A during 3–2 thrillers vs. [26] LSU (2G–1A; double-OT goal at 103’) & [6] Florida (2G; gamewinner at 89:35)  

* – Ramsier is CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week and Connolly the CS360 National Freshman of the Week.

Scroll down for capsule data (text being added later in the week), with action photos, for all 15 players on the Primetime Performers Honor Roll.

> Earlier 2015 Primetime Performers: Week–5 | Week–4 | Week–3 | Week–2 | Week–1

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

Northwestern
Goalkeeper … So. … #1
Stevensville, MI


Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 2–0 vs. Maryland and 1–0 vs. Rutgers  |  Clem’s Bio














> Olivia Cole

Samford 
Defender … Jr. … #28
Orlando, FL


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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 2–0 vs. Furman and 1–0 vs. Wofford  |  Cole’s Bio


> Kayla Collins

Sacramento State
Forward … So. … #24
Newcastle, CA



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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 1–0 vs. No. Ariz. and 4–1 vs. So. Utah  |  Collins’ Bio



> Megan Connolly

Florida State
Midfielder • Fr. •  #3
Cork, Ireland



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CS360 National Freshman of the Week

Week–6 Summary – Newcomer to Seminoles attacking midfielder role filled past four season by another FSU international player, standout Icelandic native Dagny Brynjarsdottir … controlled game tempo and created numerous scoring chances while factoring into all four FSU goals during 3–1 win over [6] Clemson (first time in 2015 Tigers allowed more than one goal) and in 1–0 win at [8] Notre Dame (the Irish won at #1 UVa earlier in the week) … helped FSU dominate the run of play in both games, as Clemson totaled only three shots on goal while ND had but one (plus only one corner kick) … praised by Seminoles coach Mark Krikorian as “best player on the field” during win over Clemson (1G–2A) … picked up a rebound assist on shot off the left post, with fellow freshman midfielder Kaycie Tillman scoring for early lead vs. the Tigers (2’), FSU’s quickest goal of the season … Clemson’s goal (25’) ended FSU’s shutout streak at 470’ … later flicked ball over back line to spring Cheyna Williams for goal under the ‘keeper (47’) … her PK goal (68’) capped the win, marking the first time Clemson has allowed three goals in a game since mid-2013 … helped push FSU’s unbeaten streak in ACC games to 14, as ’Noles registered notable road victory over ND … made run down left flank and behind the Irish defense before sending cross to Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, who then directed pass to Elin Jensen for easy score (35’) … part of FSU team that has allowed only one second-half goal all season.  

In Her Own Words – “I just go out and try to give my best the whole time and contribute to the team. I’m trying every game to keep improving. The talent [in the ACC] is second to none, so you have to bring your A-game the whole time. The whole team has to work together to win it, and you saw that here tonight [vs. Clemson].”  

FSU Coach Mark Krikorian – “I thought Megan Connolly might have been the best player on the field tonight [vs. Clemson. She’s controlling the tempo of the game for us and being dangerous, creating opportunity after opportunity. I thought her quality was fantastic tonight. … I don’t think there’s a coach in the country that wouldn’t take being able to score in the first two minutes of each half. I think that relaxes the team a little bit. We came into the half at 1-1, and knew it would take another goal.”  

Career Highlights – Leads Seminoles with 15 points (4G–7A) while registering points in all but one of her eight games played this season … has joined FSU program with impressive run of success over the years adding an assortment of international players, including another Ireland native (and another Megan C.), senior left back Megan Campbell … helped her Christ King Secondary School team win Senior All-Ireland Championship in 2010 and 2012 … competed in the Istria Cup in Croatia with the Ireland’s senior national team … named Under-19 International Player of the Year in 2014, after earlier starring with the U–17s … also played Gaelic Football in her pre-college days.

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 3–1 vs. Clemson and 1–0 at Notre Dame  |  Connolly’s FSU Bio

> MaKenzie Crawford

Tennessee-Martin

Goalkeeper •  Fr.  • #00
O’Fallon, MO

MaKenzie Crawford A300

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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 3–1 vs Eastern Illinois and 1–0 vs SIU Edwardsville
Crawford’s UTM Bio


> Jenna Dubs

Marshall
Center Back • Sr. • #24
Green Lane, PA


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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 0–0 vs. North Texas and 1–0 vs. Rice
Dubs’ Bio


> Kat Elliott

South Florida
Goalkeeper • So. • #36 
Bradenton, FL


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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 1–0 vs. Connecticut and 1–0  vs. Temple
Elliot’s USF Bio


> Leah Galton

Hofstra
Forward • Sr. • #21
Harrogate, England

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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 2–1 at William & Mary and 2–0 vs. Elon
Dalton’s Bio


> Anna Marie Gilbertson

Notre Dame
Forwward • Sr. • #6
Davis, CA

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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 2–1 at Virginia and 0–1 vs. Florida State
Gilbertson’s ND Bio



> Erika Johnson

Nebraska
Goalkeeper •  So.  • #0
North Oaks, MN


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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 1–1 vs. Penn State and 2–0 vs. Ohio State 
Johnson’s Bio


> Raina Johnson

South Carolina
Forward • Sr. • #4
Charlotte, NC

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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 2–1 vs. Texas A&M and 3–0 vs. Alabama    
Johnson’s SC Bio

> Michaela Kovacs

Michigan State
Midfield/Def. •  Fr.  • #4
Hudsonville, MI


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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recap: 3–0 vs. Michigan  |  Kovacs’ MSU Bio




> Elise Krieghoff

Cal Poly
Forward •  Sr.  • #13
Clovis, CA


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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 1–1 vs. BYU and 1–1 at Pepperdine
Krieghoff’s CP Bio









> Michelle Prokof

TCU
Forward •  Jr.  • #10
Gurnee, IL

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Week–6 Summary – text to be added

Career Highlights – 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 5–0 vs. Iowa State and 3–0 vs. OK State
Prokof’s TCU Bio


> Casie Ramsier

Auburn
Midfielder •  Jr.  • #24
Dallas, TX


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CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week

Week–6 Summary – Attacking midfielder who delivered in both quantity and thrilling quality, as her 4G–1A during pair of 3–2 wins included a double-overtime goal to beat [26] LSU and then the winning goal in the final minute of regulation (89:35) to stun [6] Florida, as Tigers surged to 10–1–0 (and #8 in the NSCAA coaches poll) … redirected a Charlotte Van Ishoven corner kick minutes before halftime vs. LSU (1–1) … later assisted on go-ahead goal (64’), after receiving free kick from Kala Faulkner and feeding ball to Taylor Troutman for goal from the left side … after seeing LSU force OT with a late PK (’86), she scored the gamewinner minutes before things would have ended in a tie – connecting with Hannah Alspach’s cross for a header near the left post (the five points are most by an Auburn player since 2012) … Auburn earlier won a double-OT game this season vs. another notable opponent, Long Beach State (her twin Brooks scored the gamewinner) … helped Auburn rack up 23–12 shot edge and 14–6 corner-kick margin in battle of the Tigers … two days later, scored at both the front and back end of the second half, helping Auburn beat Florida for first time since 2011 (also program’s first win over top–10 opponent since 2011) … opened scoring vs. Gators (47’) after knocking in her own rebounded 10-yard shot, finishing with her left (off-foot) … Auburn scored again two minutes later (Kristen Dodson, assisted by Brooke Ramsier) but Florida scoring machine Savannah Jordan scored twice, ultimately sending the game to the brink of OT … Troutman’s rightside corner kick headed to the far side of the goal, with Ramsier then scoring on a half-volley for the dramatic clincher at 89:35 (pictured above, and at top of page) … leads team in scoring with 8G–2A). 

In Her Own Words“We were just all pushing forward [vs. LSU]. We knew if we got one in, it was going to end it. We knew we wanted to get everyone up, get something on the box and get it on frame. This game shows what this team is capable of. It shows how much we’ve grown, especially for the older girls. This year, we have a great team chemistry and we’re all working towards the same goal. You can see it on the field. … We were pumped today [vs. Florida]. This senior class has never beaten Florida and that was our goal going in. We knew we could compete with them. This team has grown so much and shows how much we can fight. It’s been amazing to come out and get two wins this weekend. “Now we have to go back to work and we have a tough game Thursday at Alabama and we’re going to be ready.”

Auburn Coach Karen Hoppa – “I told Casie that character reflects leadership. The leadership and attitude we have from these seniors is to never say die, never quit and work to the end. We saw that today. Our two captains [Kala Faulkner and Casie Ramsier] led us tonight [vs. Florida]. This team has unbelievable leadership and it showed tonight.”

Career Highlights – Named second team all-SEC in 2014 (4G–5A), after starting all 22 games … also started all 22 games in 2013, en route to earning spot on SEC All-Freshman Team (9G–4A) … product of the Solar Chelsea club program ad Plano West Senior High School, where she earned 2013 NSCAA All-America honors … all three of her sisters also have been college athletes: twin sister Brooke is a defensive midfielder at Auburn, while older sister Alexa competed in cross country/track at Air Force and Jordan played soccer at Nevada. 

Links – Week-6 Recaps: 3–2 vs. LSU and 3–2 vs. Florida  |  Ramsier’s Bio

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

> Earlier 2015 Primetime Performers: Week–5 | Week–4 | Week–3 | Week–2 | Week–1
> CS360 Primetime Performers D-I Women Archive: 2014 .. 2013 .. 2012 .. 2011 .. 2010 .. 2009

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