MIAMI ’KEEPER CATALINA PEREZ: CS360 NATIONAL PRIMETIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• 15 other CS360 Primetime Performers (Sept. 28–Oct. 4) include CS360 National Freshman of the Week Sydnee Martin (Jackson State).
> Miami backup goalkeeper Catalina Perez (right) responded to a rare start by turning in a shutout performance, helping the ’Canes beat Notre Dame (cs360 #8) in a 1–0 in a double-overtime thriller.
Release: Oct. 5, 2015
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(10–6–15) – Miami backup goalkeeper Catalina Perez (Boca Raton, Fla.) – who delivered a 106-minute shutout during a rare start, to lead the 1–0 victory over CS360 #8 Notre Dame – is the top honoree among CS360’s week–7 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for Division I women’s soccer, spanning games played from Sept. 28–Oct. 4, 2015. Perez is the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week, while the 16 Primetime Performer honorees for week–7 also include Jackson State rookie frontrunner newcomer Sydnee Martin (South Euclid, Ohio), 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).
The week–7 Primetime Performers include several from teams that were locked in key midseason showdowns against top contenders for their respective 2015 conference regular-season titles (which, in many cases, also carry the bonus of serving as the conference tournament host team).
One other interesting twist: the 16 honorees include players from similarly-named Jacksonville University (which is in Florida), Jacksonville State (Alabama) and Jackson State (Mississippi) … all of which could be in the mix for their conference’s NCAA automatic bids a month from now.
> In addition to Perez and Martin, the other week–7 Primetime Performers include (also scroll down the page for full list, in chart/roster form, plus quick summary note for each ):
– Montana sr. D Tess Brennaman (Kalispell, MT) … Cincinnati so. M Jaycie Brown (Wellington, OH)
Long Beach State sr. D Melanie Fox (Valencia, CA) … Washington sr. D McKenzie Karas (Las Vegas, NV)
Kentucky fr. G Katelyn Jensen (Ashburn, VA … #00) … Purdue jr. F Hannah Leinert (Wildwood, MO)
UNC Wilmington sr. F Madde McCormick (Newark, DE) … Boston Univ. sr. M Clare Pleuler (Gloucester, MA)
Jacksonville St. so. G Caroline Robinson (Hendersonville, TN) … Stanford sr. M Haley Rosen (Rolling Hills, CA)
San Francisco sr. G Madalynn Schiffel (Roseville, CA) … Oakland sr. F Joan Sieja (Rochester Hills, MI)
Wisconsin sr. D Brianna Stelzer (Lakeville, MN) … Jacksonville so. G Sara Wicks (St. John’s, Newfoundland) –
… Karas earlier this season was included in the week–3 Primetime Performers.
PEREZ, Miami’s backup goalkeeper, was called into starting duty in place of injured starter Phallon Tullis-Joyce. She responded to the challenge in impressive fashion, while facing CS360 #8 Notre Dame in only her second career start. Perez – who missed all of the 2014 season due to injury/surgery rehabilitation – saved all six shots on goal she faced while also defensing 16 total shots and eight corner kicks. She helped push that game into double overtime before Gracie Lachowecki’s goal won it 1–0 for the ’Canes at 106’ (Lachowecki, an Indiana native, is the sister of ND men’s soccer fifth-year starting outside back Max Lachowecki).
During the big-game, 106-minute shutout, Perez registered several key plays, including a big diving save late in regulation (79’), on an open look from Anna Maria Gulbertson. It was Gilbertson who had scored both of Notre Dame’s goals in its previous road game, a 2–1 overtime victory and then-No. 1 Virginia. Perez also helped stop some Irish chances in OT, including a sequence when she knocked out a bending corner kick to spark a counterattack that led to the winning goal. Perez’s clutch performance helped overcome the absence of both Tullis-Joyce and Natalie Moik, Miami’s leading goalscorer in 2014.
MARTIN – a dynamic frontrunner who came to Jackson State amidst expectations to be an immediate and impactful contributor – certainly did not disappoint in the first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game of her young college career. In that game at defending champion/preseason favorite Howard, the newcomer registered a hat trick that included two late go ahead goals (at 83’ for 3–2 and then at 88:56 for the 4–3 final).
On the dramatic final goal, Martin cashed in a 60-yard breakaway, beating a pair of defenders along the way, to hand the Bison’s their first home loss in more than a year and their first SWAC regular-season defeat since joining the league in 2014. Martin initially opened the scoring on a rebound goal (assisted by Kamri Brown; 7’) and later added what appeared to be the 83rd-minute gamewinner, after a shot through traffic to the near-left side (again assisted by Brown). Howard re-tied the game at 87:44, setting the stage for Martin’s third goal with only 64 seconds left in regulation
… The 16 week–7 Primetime Performers include fiver goalkeepers, four defenders, four forwards and three midfielders. Nine of the honorees are seniors (one a fifth-year player), plus three sophomores, two juniors and a pair of freshmen. The 16 week–7 Primetime Performers hail from 13 different home states/provinces, including three from California and two from Ohio, plus one each from: Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Newfoundland, Tennessee and Virginia.
Headshots of all 16 week–7 Honor Roll members are included in the right sidebar, while detailed player capsules (including 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 #7 Division I Women
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com … for the week of Sept. 28–Oct. 4, 2015)
"It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."
TESS BRENNAMAN (Montana … D … Sr./Jr. … Kalispell, MT … #34)
– Anchored back line in key Big Sky early-season 0–0 showdown vs. conference favorite Northern Arizona (5 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks allowed), earlier helping Grizz post 2–1 win over Southern Utah (also 5 SOG, 2 CKs).
JAYCIE BROWN (Cincinnati … M … So. … Wellington, OH … #16)
– Scored unassisted (long run & chip) in 1–0 win over South Florida (cs360 #20), assisting on early GWG vs.  UCF, 2–0.
MELANIE FOX (Long Beach State … D … Sr. … Valencia, CA … #16)
– Provided primary header assist on Ashley Gonzales golden goal (’92) that beat Cal State Fullerton (cs360 #45) in key Big West opener, helping shut out Titans (only 8 shots/4 on goal & 3 corners); CSF offense was averaging 2.7 goals/gm.
KATELYN JENSEN (Kentucky … G … Fr. … Ashburn, VA … #00)
– Latched onto 13 saves while defending 27 total shots and a dozen corner kicks (none produced goals), leading ‘Cats during 1–1 game at Florida (cs360 #13); shut out Gators until goal from junior scoring star Savannah Jordan in 41st minute.
McKENZIE KARAS (Washington … D … Sr. … Las Vegas, NV … #23)
– Earned her second Primetime Performer honor of 2015, after leading Huskies back line during sweep of visiting CS360 #32 UCLA, 2–1, and  USC, 1–0, with each opponent managing only four shots on goal and a lone corner kick.
HANNAH LEINERT (Purdue … F … Jr. … Wildwood, MO … #11)
– Transfer from Illinois State whose 33rd career goal delivered late gamewinner (85’) in 2–1 game vs. CS360 #30 Nebraska (12-yd shot to far-left); earlier reversed the field for thru-ball to left flank, for primary assist on Erika Arkans goal (25’; 1–0).
* CYDNEE MARTIN (Jackson State … F … Fr. … South Euclid, OH … #3)
– Cashed in 60-yd breakaway, beating 2 defenders along the way, to dramatically cap her hat trick (89’) and deliver huge 4–3 win at SWAC favorite Howard (Bison’s first SWAC loss in past 2 yrs); also scored at 7’ (1–0) & 83’ (3–2; to near-left side).
MADDIE McCORMICK (UNC Wilmington … F … Sr. … Newark, DE … #7)
– Scored to beat CS360 #35 Hofstra 2–1 in overtime (92’ shot to low-right corner), after opening the scoring 10’ earlier (83’ spun past defender, with shot to lower-left) … also helped UNCW battle in narrow 3–2 loss vs. CAA favorite Northeastern.
* CATALINA PEREZ (Miami … G … Jr./So. … Boca Raton, FL … #1)
– Saved all six shots on goal she faced, while also defensing 16 total shots and eight corner kicks, to help push the game vs, visiting Notre Dame (cs360 #8) in double overtime before Gracie Lachowecki’s goal won it 1–0 for the ’Canes (106’).
CLARE PLEULER (Boston Univ. … M … Sr. … Gloucester, MA … #4)
– Scored on PK and was lynchpin in BU midfield that dominated possession during 2–0 win at rival Colgate (top fellow contender for Patriot League title), as Raiders managed only 6 total shots (5 SOG; 3 CK); also helped beat Loyola (MD) 4–1.
CAROLINE ROBINSON (Jacksonville (AL) State … G … So. … Hendersonville, TN … #1)
– With JSU phasing in new-look back line, registered 107’ shutout in 1–0 win at OVC favorite SIU Edwardsville (6 saves; defensed 10 CKs), followed by 110 more shutout minutes to offset JSU’s inability to score, in 0–0 result at Eastern Illinois.
HALEY ROSEN (Stanford … M … 5th-Yr. Sr. … Rolling Hills, CA … #10)
– 5th-year player who had injuries early in career but now full-time regular … naturally rightfooted but scored impressive leftfooted goals from outside the box, at both Arizona State (2–0) and CS360 #19 Arizona (23’ for 1–1; won 3–2 in 2 OT).
MADALYNN SCHIFFEL (San Francisco … G … Sr. … Roseville, CA … #13)
– Veteran ‘keeper whose five saves (plus 10 corner kicks defensed) included several acrobatic late-game stops, as USF beat Santa Clara (cs360 #23) for first time in program history (0–30–1 previously), her seventh shutout of the season.
JOAN SIEJA (Oakland … F … Sr. … Rochester Hills, MI … #17)
– Led Grizzles during pair of key Horizon League games: a 1–1 result vs. Detroit (picked to finish 3rd) and 3–1 win over league favorite Valparaiso (Oakland was picked 2nd) … assisted on go-ahead (2–1; 39’) and final goal vs. Valpo.
BRIANNA STELZER (Wisconsin … D … Sr. … Lakeville, MN … #6)
– Veteran center back who led shutdown of CS360 #14 Minnesota (4 shots/1 on goal; 4 corner kicks) in 1–0 rivalry win … Gophers entered game already having scored 25 goals (7 by Simone Kolander, who had only 1 shot vs. Badgers).
SARA WICKS (Jacksonville … G … So. … St. John’s, Newfoundland … #1)
– Came to play in busy game (13 saves while defensing 30 total shots & 15 CKs) to help earn 1–1 result vs. A–Sun favorite/5-time def. champ Florida Gulf Coast … saved PK from star scorer Tabby Tindell (22’), who scored in run of play 33’.
* – Perez is CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week and Martin the CS360 National Freshman of the Week.
Scroll down for capsule data, with action photos, for all 16 players on the Primetime Performers Honor Roll.
> Tess Brennaman
Center Back … Sr. … #34
Week–7 Summary – Anchored back line in key Big Sky Conference early-season 0–0 showdown vs. league favorite Northern Arizona (5 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks allowed), earlier helping Grizz post 2–1 win over Southern Utah (also 5 SOG, 2 CKs) … played all 200’ during the week … helped limit NAU leading scorer Haley Wingender to a lone shot on goal (NAU managed only 1 SOG over final 50’) … part of back line that includes freshman center back Taryn Miller plus left back Mary Gintz and right bach Chanelle Pederson … has one year of eligibility remaining after 2014 season (dnp in 2012).
Career Highlights – Named second team all-Big Sky Conference in 2014, after starting all 20 games and helping post 10 shutouts … played in 19 games (15 starts) during 2013, earlier utilizing redshirt season in 2012 … also competed with Montana’s track and field team, as a long jumper, in 2013 and ’14 … product of Flathead High School.
> Jaycie Brown
Midfielder … So. … #18
Week–7 Summary – Scored unassisted goal in final minute of first half, after long run through midfield and 18-yard rightside chip shot over ’keeper, in 1–0 win over South Florida (cs360 #20) … two days later, her pinpoint pass led Jordan Cotleur into space, for her own chip shot over charging ‘keeper (12’), yielding early 1–0 lead vs.  UCF (that margin remained until clinching goal in 89’) … has helped surging Bearcats (8–2–4) fashion nine-game unbeaten streak (6–0–3), appearing in all 14 games (8 GS) with 4G–2A).
Career Highlights – Appeaerd in 20 games, starting half of them, as a freshman in 2014, scoring twice while assisting on a third goal … product of Magnificat High School and the Cleveland United SC club program.
> Melanie Fox
Long Beach State
Center Back … Sr. … #16
Week–7 Summary – Veteran centerpiece of back line who continued to make big impact on both ends of the field, in key 1–0 Big West opener vs. Cal State Fullerton (cs360 #45) … early in overtime, connected with fellow senior center back Val Margerum’s free kick, with her ensuing header providing primary assist on a one-touch golden goal from onrushing Ashley Gonzales (’92) … helped deliver Long Beach’s seventh shutout of the season, despite facing Titans team that was averaging 2.7 goals/gm (CSF managed only eight shots, three on goal, and three corner kicks) … part of back line that includes Margerum, left back Mimi Akaogi and right back Sarah Maher … her eight points (3G–2A) rank second on team (Gonzales has 10) while playing 98% of the minutes this season (all but 23’ in 12 games).
Career Highlights – Started 20 of 21 games in 2014 (1A), helping 49ers lead Big West with nine shutouts … earlier started all 18 games in 2013 (1G), after appearing in nine games as a freshman in 2012 (2 GS) … product of West Ranch High School and CZ Elite club team that won Uner–15 National Cup championship.
> Katelyn Jensen
Goalkeeper • Fr. • #00
Week–7 Summary – Rookie netminder who latched onto 13 saves while defensing 27 total shots and a dozen corner kicks (none that produced goals), leading ‘Cats during 1–1 game at Florida (cs360 #13) for quality SEC result … shut out Gators until goal from junior scoring star Savannah Jordan in 41st minute (followed by 69 more shutout minutes to earn the tie) … her 13 saves including three notable diving stops in the first half alone (going both to her right and left) … has started all 13 games this season, with seven shutouts and a 0.75 goals-against avg. … Kentucky had been 0–8–1 in nine previous games at Florida (the earlier tie was back in 2003).
Kentucky Coach Jon Lipsitz – “Any road point in this league is critical, and also incredibly difficult to get. We were all out of sorts in the first half, and we were lucky to only be down 1-0. Katelyn was great for us tonight in the net and kept us in the game when we were struggling. Florida is a great team, and the point means that much more because it comes against such a special team like them.”
Career Highlights –Product of Briar Woods High School and McLean ECN club team that advanced to ECNL Nationals from 2012–14 … invited to USYS National Under–14 Camp.
> McKenzie Karas
Defender • Sr. • #23
Las Vegas, NV
Week–7 Summary – Earned her second Primetime Performer honor of 2015, after leading Huskies back line during sweep of visiting CS360 #32 UCLA, 2–1, and  USC, 1–0, with each opponent managing only four shots on goal and a lone corner kick … the weekend marked only the second time that the Huskies have swept the Bruins and Trojans … continued to combine her classic combination of veteran savvy, steady positioning and assorted defensive stops during the pair of wins … win over UCLA halted Bruins 11-game Pac–12 winning streak (and 23-game league unbeaten run) while game vs. USC was Uw’s fourth shutout of the season … her earlier spot among the Primetime Performers came after week–3 wins over pair of top Big Ten teams,  Illinois (2–0; 2 SOG) and  Michigan (1–0 win on goal at 89’).
In Her Own Words – “Our team did really well with pressuring and covering each other in those two games. It was a really great team defensive performance. [Weekly] honors really reflect the defensive mentality of the team and I am happy to represent that.”
UW Coach Lesle Gallimore – “McKenzie Karas was terrific against the L.A. schools last weekend and has been a stalwart at the back so far for us this year. She has worked extremely hard to put herself in a position to enjoy the senior year she’s having. I’m confident she has many more performances like those still in her.”
Career Highlights – Appeared in 16 games with five starts in 2014 (scored in 1–0 NCAA win over Rider) … also scored once in 2013 (16 GP/14 GS), after appearing in seven games in 2012 … member of U.S. youth national teams from 2009–12, while also starring for Arbor View High School and Las Vegas Premier … named Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore, when she also was a placekicker for AVHS football team (later played vollleyball and was part of state third-place relay team in the 4x200 meters).
> Hannah Leinert
Forward • Jr. • #11
Week–7 Summary – Transfer from Illinois State whose 33rd career goal delivered late gamewinner (85’) in 2–1 game vs. CS360 #30 Nebraska (12-yard shot to far-left side) … earlier reversed the field for a thru-ball service to the left flank, yielding primary assist on Erika Arkans goal for 1–0 lead (25’) … scored decisive goal on 12-yards shot to far-left side, after receiving Maddy Williams’ short pass across the penalty area from … that goal was the latest in a game that Purdue has scored a regulation gamewinner since 2008 … on earlier goal, collected ball after slide tackle won by Andrea Petrina and sent long diagonal ball that sprung Arkans down the left flank (leading to 15-yard shot to far-right side) … leads team in goals (6) and assists (5), with half of her goals holding up as gamewinners.
In Her Own Words – "The ball popped up and I saw Maddy trap it. The defenders were kind of dropping and she slipped me through. It was on my right foot and I was a little nervous because I am leftfooted, but I was saying get it on goal and fortunately it went in.”
Purdue Coach Drew Roff – “Our kids dug deep and showed what they are made of. To come back in that fashion says a lot. Once [Nebraska] gets settled in defensively, they sre very hard to break down. [On the first goal], fortunately a great final pass [from Leinart] and a great finish. They don’t give you lot of good chances, but we took care of business with the ones we had.”
Career Highlights – Totaled 26 goals in two seasons at Illinois State, including 16G–6A in 2013 (led Missouri Valley Conference in goals) and 11G-7A in 2014 (NCAA third team All-Region, all-MVC first team and MVC All-Tournament team) … her big debut season in 2013 included MVC Freshman of the Year, first team all-MVC and MVC Tournament MVP (five goals in two games) while starting all 21 games … first player to ever record a hat trick in MVC Tournament championship game (vs. Indiana State) … also scored in 2013 NCAAs vs. Louisville … product of Eureka High School and the Lou Fusz Wipke club program (2010 regional champs; named to Best XI at 2013 USYS National Championships.
Sporting Siblings – Her sister Katie played soccer at Purdue from 2008-11 and later joined the Boilermakers track team … another sister, Shannon, ran track at Florida & Missouri and was a professional track athlete … their brother Patrick played baseball at Lindenwood.
> Cydnee Martin
Forward • Fr. • #3
South Euclid, OH
CS360 National Freshman of the Week
Week–7 Summary – Composed rookie frontrunner who cashed in 60-yard breakaway, beating pair of defenders along the way, to dramatically cap her hat trick (89’) and deliver huge 4–3 win at SWAC favorite Howard (Bison’s first SWAC loss in past two seasons and first home loss in more than a year) … opened scoring on rebound goal (assisted by Kamri Brown; 7’) and later added what appeared to be 83rd-minute gamewinner (shot through traffic to near-left side, again assisted by Brown) … Howard re-tied the game at 87:44, setting the stage for her third goal with only 64 seconds left in regulation … has totaled 4G–1A while appearing in all 12 games (8 starts).
Career Highlights – Dynamic offensive threat during prep career at Brush High School, finishing as the second-highest goalscorer in the state of Ohio for both 2012 and 2013 seasons … two of her cousins have played Division I baseball: Darius Washington (Arkon) and Jalen Washington (Ohio State).
> Maddie McCormick
Forward • Sr. • #7
Week–7 Summary – Veteran offensive leader who scored to beat CS360 #35 Hofstra 2–1 in overtime (92’ shot to low-right corner), after opening the scoring 10 minutes earlier (83’ spun past defender, with shot to lower-left) … also helped UNCW battle in narrow 3–2 loss vs. Colonial Athletic Association favorite Northeastern … the win over Hofstra extended UNCW’s unbeaten streak to nine games, one shy of matching the best in program history … ended the game 90 seconds into overtime, via assists from Katrina Guillou (who later scored both goals vs. Northeastern) and Stephanie Bronson … her 16 points this season (7G–2A) trail only Guillou (16) among UNCW leaders.
UNCW Coach Paul Cairney – “We were tough in the right moments and dealt with their pressure. It is always a tight game with Hofstra and [coach Riddiough] does a fantastic job in having his team ready and prepared. The difference was Maddie McCormick. She took the team on her shoulders and she showed why she is one of the best center forwards in our league."
Career Highlights – Appeared in 16 games during 2014 (3G–3A; 15 GS) after earning third team all-Colonial Athletic Assoc. in 2013 (6G–4A; 19 GP/18 HS) and 2012 (8G–3A; 22 GP/14 GS) … also named to 2012 CAA All-Rookie and All-Tournament teams … product of DuPont High School and Kirkwood Freedom club that won regional crown (earlier played with Hockessin Hotspur).
> Catalina Perez
Goalkeeper • Jr. • #1
Boca Raton, FL
CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week
Week–7 Summary – Backup ‘keeper pressed into duty after injury to starter Phallon Tullis-Joyce … responded to the challenge, facing CS360 #8 Notre Dame in only her second career start, by saving all six shots on goal she faced while also defensing 16 total shots and eight corner kicks – helping push the game into double overtime before Gracie Lachowecki’s goal won it 1–0 for the ’Canes at 106’ (Lachowecki, an Indiana native, is sister of ND men’s soccer fifth-year starting outside back Max Lachowecki) … her key plays across the 106 minutes including big diving save late in regulation (79’), on open look from Anna Maria Gulbertson, who had scored both ND goals in their recent win at UVa … helped stop some Irish chances in OT, including a sequence when she knocked out a bending corner kick to spark a counterattack that led to the winning goal … Miami’s two most recent wins over ranked opponents have come vs. ND (also 2–0 in 2013, when Irish were #3) … helped ‘Canes overcome absence of Tullis-Joyce and Natalie Moik, Miami’s leading goalscorer in 2014 … has two years of eligibility remaining after 2014 season (dnp in 2013, due to injury/surgery rehab).
Miami Coach Mary-Frances Monroe – “Catalina made a huge save for us to stay in the game. … She [also] came up big on a few of the corners. She has a lot of game experience, she has international experience. With Phallon being hurt, I knew that she would be able to step right into those shoes and perform for us and play 90 minutes.”
Career Highlights – Utilized redshirt season in 2014, while recovering from surgery … played in six games as a backup in 2013 … four-sport athlete at St. Andrew’s High School, also competing in cross country, water polo and tennis … product of elite Team Boca Soccer Club while also training/competing with Colombia’s Under–20 National Team (played in 2010 U–20 World Cup) … also trained with Colombia’s full National Team during 2012 pre-Olympic trials.
> Clare Pleuler
Midfielder • Sr. • #4
Week–7 Summary – Scored on penalty kick and was lynchpin for BU midfield that dominated possession during 2–0 win at rival Colgate (top fellow contender for Patriot League title), as Raiders managed only six total shots (five on goal) and three corner kicks … converted penalty kick with rising shot over ’keeper early in second half, after Erika Kosienski drew foul in the penalty area … also helped post comfortable league win over Loyola (MD), 4–1 … has 2G–3A while starting all 13 games this season … veteran leader of young midfield unit that includes pair of freshmen, in Dorrie Varley-Barrett and Julianna Chen.
Career Highlights – Served as one of BU’s top reserves and a spot starter in 2013 (1G–2A; 21 GP/5 GS) … named to 2012 America East Conference All-Rookie Team after appearing in all 19 games (1G) … product of Gloucester High School and the Aztec Premier clun prorgam … her brother Devin was a goalkeeper at Wentworth Institute of Technology from 2008–10.
> Caroline Robinson
Jacksonville (AL) State
Goalkeeper • So. • #1
Week–7 Summary – With her team phasing in a new-look back line over the past couple weeks, she stepped forward to register a 107-minute shutout in 1–0 win at OVC favorite SIU Edwardsville (6 saves; defensed 10 CKs), followed by 110 more shutout minutes to offset her own team’s inability to score, in 0–0 result at Eastern Illinois … doubled her shutout total for the season, now with four …
Career Highlights – Emerged as team’s starting ‘keeper during 2014 conference season, starting seven of 10 OVC games and later earning a spot on the OVC All-Tournament Team … product of Beech High School and the Tennessee Soccer Club.
> Haley Rosen
Midfielder • Sr. • #10
Rolling Hills, CA
Week–7 Summary – Fifth-year player who had to overcome injuries that affected three of the previous four seasons, before emerging in 2015 as full-time regular … naturally rightfooted but scored impressive leftfooted goals from outside the box, in road wins vs. both Arizona State (2–0) and CS360 #19 Arizona (23’ for 1–1; won 3–2 in 2 OT) … her stunning goal vs. ASU (a cs360 top–350 team all season before this week) came from 25 yards out and landed in the pack corner of the net on the far-right side … her game-tying goal at Arizona was fired into the left-sidenetting (again taken within her left/off foot), helping extend that game into overtime before Kyra Carusa scored for the 3–2 win … her 3G–3A this season (has started all 11 games) include a goal and assist on gamewinner vs. Oklahoma, plus two more GWAs vs. Cal Poly and Boston College (OU, CP and BC all are potential NCAA tournament teams).
Career Highlights – Made some spot starts (six) while appearing in 24 games during 2014 season that included trip to College Cup semifinals (3G–2A) … earlier emerged as regular early in 2013 before season-ending injury (7 GP/3 GS; 1G) … appeared in 12 games during her season season in 2012 (5 GS; 3G) but also missed a dozen games due to injury … earned redshirt year in 2011, after missing entire season due to injury … graduated in spring of 2015 with degree in science, technology and society (now pursuing a masters in communication, with her thesis focusing on societal implications of media multitasking) … member of U.S. Under–15 National Team and U–17 player pool, also playing Olympic Development soccer with Region IV team … product of Palos Verdes High School (22G–17A as a senior) and powerhouse SoCal Blues club program, helping her team win 2010 U–17 national championship before earning No. 1 national ranking as U–18s in 2011 (also part of two national third-place teams).
> Madalynn Schiffel
Goalkeeper • Sr. • #13
Week–7 Summary – Veteran ‘keeper whose five saves (plus 10 corner kicks defensed) included several acrobatic late-game stops, as Dons beat Santa Clara (cs360 #23) for first time in program history (0–30–1 previously), yielding her seventh shutout of the season.
Career Highlights – Trained with U.S. Under–23 National team in 2015, after earlier participating with the U–20 and U–18 squads … named to 2014 All-West Coast Conference Second Team, after appearing in all 20 games with 18 starts … her honorable mention all-WCC season in 2013 included allowing 0–1 goals in 16 games, while playing every minute in that 20-game season … started 10 games as a freshman in 2012 before being sidelined by injury … product of Cornerstone High School and the Placer United club program.
> Joan Sieja
Forward• Sr. • #17
Rochester Hills, MI
Week–7 Summary – Led Grizzles during pair of key Horizon League games: a 1–1 result vs. Detroit (picked to finish 3rd) and 3–1 win over league favorite/defending champion Valparaiso (Oakland was picked 2nd) … assisted on Katy Wagner’s go-ahead goal (2–1; 39’) and on the final score vs. Valpo, a counter-attack sequence cashed in by Sydney Duggan … leads team in scoring with 11 points (3G–5A) while starting all 13 games.
Oakland Freshman Sydney Duggan – "Joanie got the ball and I saw space on the outside, so I cut across her and she took her touches. As soon as both defenders jumped to her, she passed the ball out … And I took the shot near-post … with the goalie moving more to the far-post.”
Career Highlights – Bulk of her 2014 games played (17 of 20) were starts, en route to 2nd team all-Horizon League (2A) … made seven starts in 2013 (20 GP; 1G) … top reserve in 2012 (20 GP/1 GS; 1G–2A) … product of Stoney Creek HS and Vardar club that advanced to national tournament.
> Brianna Stelzer
Center Back • Sr. • #6
Week–7 Summary – Minnesota native who played lead role in rivalry game vs. her home-state team, as Badgers shut down high-scoring Gophers (CS360 #14) en route to 1–0 win … Minnesota entered game already having scored 25 goals (seven by Simone Kolander, who managed only one shot), with the Gophers team totals featuring only four shots (one on frame) and four corner kicks … the 1–0 result yielded Wisconsin’s fourth straight shutout and fifth of the season … Minnesota was ranked as high as 11th in the national polls (the highest-ranked opponent defeated by Wisconsin since 1988) … has started all 13 games at right-center back for Wisconsin this season, while playing alongside fellow center back Kylie Schwarz, plus left back Molly Laufenberg and right back Holly Heckendorf.
Career Highlights – Key force on 2014 Wisconsin team that set Big Ten record for shutouts (18) and goals-against average (.416), also earning NSCAA third team all-Great Lakes Region honors and second team all-Big Ten while starting 22 of 24 games … earlier started 13 games in 2013, after earning team’s “most improved” award as a freshman in 2012 (21 GS) … product of Lakeville South High School and Minnesota Thunder club program.
> Sara Wicks
Goalkeeper • So. • #1
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Week–7 Summary – Came to play in busy game (13 saves while defensing 30 total shots & 15 corner kicks) to help earn 1–1 result vs. Atlantic Sun Conference favorite and five-time defending champion Florida Gulf Coast … saved penalty from FGCU veteran star scorer Tabby Tindell (22’), who scored in run of play 33’ (followed by 77 shutout minutes to close the game) … Jacksonville has yet to lose at home in the growing rivalry vs. FGCU, with the overall 10-game series now including five ties and only four goals scored.
Jacksonville Coach Brian Copham – “Sara did a great job. They've got a lot of dangerous attacking players and we knew that a lot of them would be a threat to shoot and try to score. She had to be ready from just about everywhere. I’m very pleased with her control of the box – coming to get balls in the air, handling shoots and organizing everyone in front of her. We knew this was going to be a really good team. I’m proud of the fight [we] had to come out and get a point out of the game from the preseason favorites.”
Career Highlights – Spent 2014 season at Arkansas State, playing in in nine games with eight starts … participated in the Canadian regional training program … helped her Team Atlantic club team finish as runner-up at Canadian National Club U-16 Tournament … attended Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep School (in Faribalt, Minn.).
Note – Photos on this page are courtesy of the respective schools.