ARIZONA STATE’s JESSICA RAYBE: CS360 NATIONAL PRIMETIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• 14 other CS360 Primetime Performers (Oct. 12–18) include CS360 National Freshman of the Week Lainey Burdett (Arizona).
> Arizona State’s Jessica Raybe (right) scored early and then set up the winning PK in double-OT, as ASU won 2–1 at Washington in a game the Sun Devils likely had to win to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Release: Oct. 21, 2015
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(10–21–15) – Arizona State sophomore forward Jessica Raybe (Lodi, Calif.) – who scored early and then set up the decisive penalty kick in double overtime at Washington – is the top honoree among CS360’s week–9 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for Division I women’s soccer, covering games played from Oct. 12–18, 2015. Raybe is the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week, while the 15 Primetime Performer honorees for week–9 also include another Pac–12 player in Arizona platoon-starter goalkeeper Lainey Burdett (Las Vegas), the CS360 National Freshman of the Week. The complete week–9 Honor Roll is included below (also scroll further down for detailed into. on each honoree).
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–9 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).
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RAYBE and her teams headed to Seattle last week desperate for a win, particularly on the road versus one of the nation’s top teams. The sophomore delivered with an early goal and later played a key role in the sequence that produced the winning penalty kick in double overtime, for that 2–1 win over the Huskies (cs360 #15). The result was ASU’s first win over Washington since 2011 (first in Seattle since ’05) and marked only the second time this season that the Huskies have allowed multiple goals.
Most importantly, the win at Washington helped ASU’s climb back to .500, which is require as a minimum for receiving an NCAA at-large bid (the Sun Devils now are 5–7-1). ASU also sliced its RPI from triple-digits to 86, with the obvious hope that more quality Pac-12 results could drop that RPI even further into NCAA-bid range (usually at least the 45-50 range). Regardless, a loss (and maybe even a tie) at Washington could have pit an end to ASU’s postseason strategy.
Rayne opened the scoring in the 12th minute, after taking a pass from Madison Kmetko and guiding her shot over the ’keeper into the far-right corner (she also had scored in the previous game, a 1–1 result vs. UCLA). With another 1–1 final looming, Raybe forced the action after splitting two defenders and poking a feed from Whitney Kanavel before being impeded by the onrushing ‘keeper Megan Kufeld (drawing a “last defender” red card and PK). Kanavel then cashed in the penalty try versus backup Sarah Shimer to complete the dramatic road win (105’).
BURDETT held back Washington State (cs360 #18) during a big 1–0 road victory, saving all nine shots on goal (a season-high nine saves) while her busy game also included defensing 25 total shots and six corner kicks. Burdett helped the Wildcats remain in the top half of the highly competitive and talented Pac–12 Conference. An early enrollee who began her college soccer career at Arizona during the 2015 spring semester, Burdett has split time this season with second-year player (redshirt freshman) Rachel Estopare, going 5–2–1 in her eight starts.
The 15 week–9 Primetime Performers include three goalkeepers, three back-line defenders, a pair of holding/defensive midfielders, three other midfielders and four forwards. Burdett is the only freshman among the group, along with nine seniors (one of them a fifth-year player), three juniors and a pair of sophomores. Two of the week–9 honorees hail from California hometowns and two others are from New York, with the other 11 hailing from 11 different home states: Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
Two players among the week–9 Primetime Performers – Duke junior defender Christina Gibbons and Western Michigan sophomore forward Emma Kahn – were named to the CS360 Primetime Honor Roll earlier in the 2015 season (see details below). Seven on this list have teammates who were Primetime Performer honorees earlier this season: players from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Duke, Hofstra, Mississippi and Wisconsin (again, see details contained in each player’s detailed text at bottom of this page).
Headshots of the 15 week–9 Primetime Performers are included in the right sidebar, while player capsules (including action photos and summary text) 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 #9 Division I Women
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com … for the week of Oct. 12–18, 2015)
“It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."
* LAINEY BURDETT (Arizona … G … Fr. … Las Vegas, NV … #1)
– Platoon starter who delivered in 1–0 win at  Washington State (9 saves; defensed 25 total shots & 6 corner kicks).
LINDSAY BURNS (Baylor … D … Jr. … Yakima, WA … #12)
– Hard-nosed marking back who led defense during 1–0 win over  Oklahoma and intense 1–1 game vs.  Texas Tech.
TAYLOR ELLIOTT (Vanderbilt … F … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Massapequa, NY … #7)
– Surging 5th-year player who had 1G–1A in 2–1 OT game vs.  South Carolina (3G in 2015; 1G from 2011–14).
CHRISTINA GIBBONS (Duke … D … Jr. … Raleigh, NC … #31)
– Rose to challenge in her first center back start of season, helping limit rival  UNC to 4 SOG & 4 CKs in 1–0 road win.
JESSICA HISKEY (Mississippi … D … Sr. … Franklin, TN … #15)
– Converted midfielder who anchored defense from her center back spot in 2–0 win over  Auburn.
EMMA KAHN (Western Michigan … F … So. … Mt. Pleasant, MI … #6)
– Offensive sparkplug who scored in wins over both MAC division leaders (2–0 vs, Miami Ohio; 2–1 vs. Ball State).
HAYLEY KATKOWSKI (Rutgers … DM … Sr. … Westford, MA … #11)
– Mainstay at holding mid. who helped deliver pair of shutout wins: 2–0 vs.  Ohio State and 1–0 vs.  Penn St. (assist).
McKENNA MEUER (Wisconsin … M … Sr. … Madison, WI … #5)
– Scored to spark 3–2 comeback win vs.  Michigan, w/ assist in 1–0 vs.  Michigan State for B1G-leading Badgers.
JILL MULHOLLAND (Hofstra … M … Sr./Jr. … Levittown, NY … #5)
– Scored both goals in 2–1 win at CAA favorite/defending champs  Northeastern, boosting Pride atop league standings.
JEN NANCE (UMBC … G … Sr. … Millersville, MD … #1)
– Made 6 saves while defensing 7 corner kicks, in hue 2–0 Senior Day win over America East fav./leader New Hampshire
LINA PROSKA (George Washington … DM … Jr. … Chatham, NJ … #23)
– Led midfield domination during 2–0 win at fellow A–10 frontrunner VCU (1A), also helping GW post 1–0 win at Richmond.
* JESSICA RAYBE (Arizona State … F … So. … Lodi, CA … #9)
– Scored early and later set up decisive PK in OT, as ASU picked up much-needed quality road win: 2–1 at  Washington.
ABBY SMITH (Texas … G … Sr. … Plano, TX … #1)
– Racked up 10 saves in frenetic game while providing drop-kick assist in closing seconds of OT: 2–1 vs.  Texas Tech
TAYLOR STEVENS (Murray State … M … Sr. … Fort Wayne, IN … #21)
– Had 1G–1A in both games, as Racers posted road wins vs. fellow OVC contenders: 2–0 at Morehead & 2–1 at Tenn. Tech.
SAMANTHA WITTEMAN (California … F/M … Sr. … Redondo Beach, CA … #26)
– Scored in 1–0 Bay Area rivalry win vs.  Santa Clara, then assisted on both goals in 2-0 victory over Utah.
* – Raybe is the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week and Burdett the CS360 National Freshman of the Week.
Scroll down for capsule data, with action photos, for all 15 players on the Primetime Performers Honor Roll.
> Lainey Burdett
Goalkeeper … Fr. … #1
Las Vegas, NV
CS360 NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Week–9 Summary – Platoon starter who held back Washington State (cs360 #18) during big 1–0 road victory, saving all nine shots on goal (a season-high nine saves) while her busy game also included defensing 25 total shots and six corner kicks … helped the ‘Cats remain in the top half of the highly competitive and talented Pac–12 Conference … has split time this season with second-year player (redshirt freshman) Rachel Estopare, going 5–2–1 in her eight starts … teammate Cece Bilginer was a week–1 CS360 Primetime Performer, following big showdown win over Santa Clara plus earlier victory over Abilene Christian (click here for that week–1 release page).
Career Highlights – Early enrollee who began her college soccer career at Arizona during the 2015 spring semester … product of Sierra Vista High School and the Heat FC club program.
> Lindsay Burns
Center Back … Jr. … #12
Week–9 Summary – Second-year starting center back who has emerged as leader of Baylor back line, most recently during pair of notable results: a 1–0 win over Oklahoma (cs360 #40) and an intense 1–1 game/near-victory vs  Texas Tech … the weekend left the Bears third in the Big 12 standings (3–1–1) … helped shut down the Sooners throughout that game, with OU managing only five shots (two on frame) and no corner kicks … typically man-marks the opponent’s top scorer and that proved to be the case vs. TTU, as she helped limit Janine Beckie, a potential 2016 Olympian with Canada, to one shot on goal within the run of play (a foul by one of her teammates vs. TTU’s Gwennie Puente led to Beckie’s tying PK in the 90th minute) … part of Baylor team that had to play final 55’ vs. the Red Raiders with only 10 players (after a teammate was red-carded) … has combined with outside backs Emory Cason (left) and Katie Daigle (right) plus sweeper Delanie Davis to form defensive core that has allowed only 12 goals this season … has started all 15 games in 2015, with one assist.
Career Highlights – Started all 20 games as a sophomore in 2014 (1A), after also appearing in all 20 games as a freshman (9 GS; 2G–1A) … helped Crossfire club team earn a top-20 national ranking in 2012 … three-sport athlete at West Valley High School, where she also captained the basketball team and excelled in track and field (2013 state long jump champion; 400-meter dash runner-up in 2010).
> Taylor Elliott
Forward … Sr. … #7
Week–9 Summary – Surging fifth-year veteran who played limited role with Vandy prior to this season … delivered in big-game situation vs. South Carolina (cs360 #12), coming off the bench to score tying goal before assisting on overtime gamewinner in that 2–1 thriller … her tying goal came early in the second half (46’), after taking a pass from Sasha Gray and striking leftfooted shot from the top right corner of the box, with the ball tucking under the center of the crossbar … then, late in the first overtime (’97), her header sprung Simone Charley for breakaway goal that completed the upset win … has started eight games in 2015 (appearing in all 16) while scoring three goals, after making only one start and scoring a lone goal spanning the 2012–14 seasons … scored tying goal earlier this season vs. Florida (1–1), with Vandy then taking 2–1 lead before losing 3–2 … has helped Commodores start 3–2–3 in SEC play, with both losses coming by one goal (also vs. Texas A&M) while the ties have come vs. Kentucky, Tennessee and LSU.
Career Highlights – Appeared sparingly in her first four seasons, with nine games played (one start) in 2014, after appearing in three 2013 games and seven in her first active season (2012, after utilizing medical redshirt season in 2011) … three-sport athlete at Massapequa High School, where she also played basketball and softball … starred for Massapequa Storm club team … her father Robert Elliott played minor-league baseball, while her brothers David (at Harvard) and Robert (C.W. Post) were college football players.
> Christina Gibbons
Center Back … Jr. … #31
Week–9 Summary – Versatile defensive presence who made her first 2015 start at center back a memorable one (she previously had started at outside back or holding mid.), helping Blue Devils post their 10th shutout of the season en route to huge 1–0 win at rival North Carolina (cs360 #6) … that game produced Duke’s first win over UNC since Oct. 9, 2005, with the Tar Heels now owning a 37–3–1 series edge (all of the Duke wins have come in Chapel Hil: 3–14–1) … helped limit UNC to four shots on goal and four corner kicks, spanning the full 110’ … key member of Duke defense that has posted three straight road shutouts (also at Miami and Louisville) for the first time since 1997 … helped seal the victory in closing moments with slide tackle and clear near the edge of the box … named to CS360 Primetime Performers earlier in week–2 this season (click here for release), after playing the full 110’ at left back in 0–0 game at  Penn State – while her fellow Duke defender Schuyler Debree was a week–5 Primetime Performer (click here), after helping earn a 0–0 result vs. the defending champs Florida State … rare junior-year team captain (one of three), as selected by her teammates.
Career Notes – Member of U.S. Under-23 and U-20 National Teams … 2nd team All-ACC in 2014 (3G–3A; 16 GP/15 GS), when she often played as a forward … 2013 ACC All-Fresman Team (3A; 24 GS), leading team in minutes played … product of Cardinal Gibbons HS and CASL Chelsea Ladies (2011 and ’12 ECNL national champs), as was fellow Primetime Performer Claire Wagner of Clemson … her father Thomas Gibbons played soccer at Clemson.
> Jessica Hiskey
Center Back • Sr. • #15
Week–9 Summary – Converted midfielder who continues to excel in new role of center back, following midseason injury to fellow senior Samantha Sanders … helped Ole Miss post consecutive 2–0 shutouts vs. top SEC teams South Carolina (current cs360 #12) a week ago and then  Auburn this past week … fellow senior center back Maddie Friedman was named to the CS360 Primetime Performers following the win over S.C. (click here for week–8 Primetime release page) … part of core defensive group that also includes outside backs Georgia Russell (left) and Liza Harbin (right), plus freshman ‘keeper Marnie Merritt … Ole Miss has allowed only two goals in her five games at center back, with seven total shutouts this season.
Career Highlights – Team tri-captain in 2014, starting all 19 games (at midfield and defense) while earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors (6 goals; 2nd on team in minutes) … missed first half of 2013 due to broken leg (15 GP/10 GS; 1G) but made shift to center back due to earlier Sanders injury … started all 22 games as a freshman in 2012 (2A) while leading Rebels field players in minutes played … earned Adidas High School All-America honors while starring for Franklin HS (ranked #1 in nation during 2011) and the BWSC 94 Premier club team … has lived in Pennsylvania, Mexico, California and Tennessee.
> Emma Kahn
Forward • So. • #6
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Week–9 Summary – Offensive spark who helped lead WMU to pair of wins over MAC division leaders: 2–0 vs. Miami Ohio and 2–1 vs. Ball State (2 OT) … came off the bench to deliver clinching goal vs. Redhawks, after taking pass from Irene Young and sending shot through ’keeper’s arms for 2–0 final (86’) … two days later, entered in middle of first half and helped changed complexion of that game, creating numerous scoring opportunities … scored tying goal vs. BSU (her 7th goal of the season), following an initial free kick from Kylie Nylen and primary assist off the foot of Olivia Vollmers … that goal proved crucial, as the game ultimately required two overtimes … earlier was named to the CS360 Primetime Performers for week–3 this season, after scoring both goals in 2–2 game at Notre Dame (then cs360 #6) and also scoring in win over Western Illinois (click here for week–3 release page).
Career Highlights – Earned a spot on the 2014 Mid-America Conference All-Freshman Team, after scoring five goals in 22 games played (five starts) … product of Mount Pleasant High School and the Vardar Soccer Club.
> Hayley Katkowski
Def. Mid. • Sr. • #11
Week–9 Summary – Veteran defensive/holding midfielder who has started 80 consecutive games, including pair of key wins this past week: 2–0 vs. Ohio State (cs360 #34) and 1–0 vs.  Penn State … recorded secondary assist on goal vs. PSU, after playing ball into box to Madison Tiernan (who then assisted on Colby Ciarrocca’s goal 52’) … helped shut down OSU to the tune of three shots on goal (seven total shots) and no corner kicks … later in the weekend, turned in a memorable Senior Day, assisting on the lone goal while helping limit potent PSU to three shots on goal (nine total) … third-year team captain who has chipped in 2G–2A from her defensive role this season.
Career Highlights – Earned second team all-Big Ten honors in 2014 (20 GS; 1G), after starting all 22 games and playing nearly every minute in 2013 … also started all 22 games as a freshman in 2012 (1A), when she was named to All-Big EAST second team and All-Rookie Team … product of Westford Academy and FC Stars club team (2008 national runner-up; reached ECNL National Championship in 2010 and 2011).
> McKenna Meuer
Midfielder • Sr. • #5
Week–9 Summary – Another senior Big Ten midfielder who helped lead her team to a notable sweep, as Badgers moved atop the league standings following wins: 3–2 vs. cs360 #39 Michigan (after trailing 0–2) and 1–0 vs.  Michigan State … her goal midway through 2nd half (66’) sparked the comeback vs. Michigan – set up by a hustling header from Brianna Stelzer on the left endline, then a header from Micala Powers before Meuer scored on a one-time blast on the right side (her team-leading sixth goal of the season) … in the Senior Day game vs. MSU, she assisted on Rose Lavelle’s late goal (’83) that helped deliver than 1–0 win … on that play, collected deep throw-in from Powers and flicked ball on to Lavelle (who scored via a header) for her second assist of the season … combined with fellow midfielders Lavelle, Kinley McNicoll and Victoria Pickett in dominating the run of play vs. MSU (19–5 shot edge/6–1 on goal and 6–1 corner-kick margin) … her teammate Stelzer was a CS360 Primetime Performer two weeks earlier, after leading defense in 1–0 rivalry win over [then–14] Minnesota (click here for that week–7 release page).
Career Highlights – Started all 24 games as a junior in 2014 (2G–1A) and all 18 in 2013, after appearing in 20 as a freshman in 2012 (19 GS; 4G–1A) … product of Memorial High School and FC Milwaukee club team that won 2011 U–18 USYS national title (she later played with that team in the ECNL) … fifth member of her family to be a varsity athlete at Wisconsin – as her father Kelly (’76–’79) and both of her sisters, Molly and Katy, were members of the respective Badgers soccer teams while brother Keegan played hockey at Wisconsin.
> Jill Mulholland
Midfielder • Sr. • #5
Week–9 Summary – Central midfielder who saw her past two seasons cut short by injuries (she has two years of eligibility remaining, after 2015) … scored both goals in 2–1 overtime win at league favorite/defending champ Northeastern (cs360 #45), lifting the Pride atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings (the top seed hosts the CAA semifinals/final) … can serve as a “box-to-box” midfielder, but often most effective as an attacking threat … gave Hofstra late 1–0 lead (67’) after taking pass from Leah Galton, followed by turn and shot from eight yards … her seventh goal of the season (96’) later won that game (avenging loss from the 2014 CAA title game), after taking a right-flank centering feed from Galton and blasting 20-yard shot inside the left post … has played in all 16 games this year (7G–1A) … her teammate Galton is a two-time CS360 Primetime Performer honoree, including earlier this season after playing lead role in key wins over William & Mary and Elon (click here for that week–6 release).
Career Highlights – Started first seven games in 2014 before being sidelined by knee injury (4G–2A), after missing most of 2013 due to another knee injury (3 GS) … broke onto the scene as a freshman, earning first team all-CAA (22 GS; 6G–5A; also CAA All-Tournament Team) … product of MacArthur High School and Alberston Fury club team (2009 Region I champs).
> Jen Nance
Goalkeeper • Sr. • #1
Week–9 Summary – Celebrated Senior Day by stopping all six shots on goal, in addition to defensing seven corner kicks, as UMBC delivered 2–0 vicrory over America East favorite/frontrunner New Hampshire … preserved the shutout with strong diving save in the 81st minute … the big win kept UMBC (2–2–2) in the running for a first-round bye in the six-team America East tournament, with the Retrievers now two points out of 4th-place with two games to play.
Career Highlights – Assumed starting role as a junior in 2014, en route to earning second team all-America East honors (set UMBC record with nine shutouts, plus league-best 0.61 goals-against avg.) … central part of 2014 team that set program record for fewest goals allowed (12) … played twice in the field during 2013, after making two goalkeeper appearances in 2012 (one start) … soccer and track star at Severna Park High School, qualifying for the state championship in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
> Lina Proska
Def. Midfielder • Jr. • #23
Week–9 Summary – Third-year defensive/holding midfielder who led the way in GW’s midfield domination during key 2–0 win at fellow Atlantic–10 co-leader VCU, as the Rams managed only two shots (both by star forward Kailyn Slade) – none of them on frame … also helped Colonials win 1–0 at Richmond, with the Spiders managing only three shots on goal and one corner kick … that result gave GW its ninth straight victory, breaking the program record that had stood since 1998 … has combined with the back line of Annika Johnson, Dani Frese, Brooke Stoller and Emily Brown to help deliver nine shutouts this season … provided primary assist on Kristi Abbate’s goal (41’) that provided the final margin at VCU … has started all 15 games this season (2G–2A; second on team in minutes played) for team coached by former UConn star Sarah Barnes (member of 1997 NCAA runner-up team).
Career Highlights – Started 18 games as a sophomore in 2014 (19 GP; 1A), after appearing in 16 games as a freshman (12 HS; 3G–1A) … product of Chatham High School.
> Jessica Raybe
Forward • So. • #9
CS360 NATIONAL PRIMETIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week–9 Summary – With her team desperate for a win, particularly on the road vs. one of the nation’s top teams, she delivered with an early goal and later played key role in sequence that produced the winning penalty kick in double overtime, for 2–1 win at Washington (cs360 #15) … the result was ASU’s first win over the Huskies since 2011 (first in Seattle since ’05) and marked only the second time this season that Washington has allowed multiple goals … opened scoring in 12th minute, after taking pass from Madison Kmetko and guiding shot over ’keeper into far-right corner (she also had scored in the previous game, a 1–1 result vs. UCLA) … with another 1–1 final looming, she forced the action after splitting two defenders and poking a feed from Whitney Kanavel before being impeded by the onrushing ‘keeper Megan Kufeld (drawing a “last defender” red card and PK) … Kanavel then cashed in the PK vs. backup Sarah Shimer to complete the dramatic road win (105’) … teammate McKenzie Berryhill was a week–4 CS360 Primetime Performer, after leading ASU defense during 5–0 win over Pepperdine and narrow 1–0 loss vs. [then-16] Texas Tech (click here for week–4 Primetime release page).
ASU Coach Kevin Boyd – “The entire team told [Raybe] she was the player of the game. She got the first goal and created the second and she had an outstanding game. We love what she is doing right now.”
Career Highlights – Appeared in 19 games as a freshman in 2014, making nine starts (1G–1A) … product of Lodi High School and the Placer United Soccer Club.
> Abby Smith
Goalkeeper • Sr. • #1
Week–9 Summary – Racked up 10 saves during frenetic 110’ while delivering drop-kick assist that led to Jasmine Hart’s dramatic gamewinner with 0:21 left in the second/final overtime, for 2–1 win at Texas Tech (cs360 #20) that leaves ’Horns 2nd in Big 12… her 10 saves included a couple diving fingertip stops, pushing the ball around the left post to deny Caity Heap (49’) and Brooke Denesik (87’), plus an earlier diving save vs. dangerous frontrunner Janine Beckie … with Raiders swarming late, she made her 10th save before launching a booming drop kick that found the head of Lindsey Meyer, with the ball then landing at the feet of Hart (who bent in her shot from top of the box, into upper-right corner) … leads Big 12 with an .874 season save pct. while her 29 career shutouts (five in 2015) are tied with Dianna Pfenninger (’05-’08) for first in Texas history … her three career goals with the ‘Horns include one earlier this season, on a bounding punt that ultimately covered 90 yards in that 1–0 win … made career-high 11 saves earlier this season in 2–1 win at UCLA.
Career Highlights – Collected NSCAA All-Central Region honors, also first team all-Big Ten, as a junior in 2014, with her nine shutouts tying the program record … scored from 45 yards out in 2014 tie vs. Arizona State … started all 20 games in 2013, with 0.78 goals-against avg. (3rd-best in program history) … scored on 50-yard free kick in 2013 game vs. South Florida … her second team all-Big 12 season as a freshman in 2012 included starting the final 12 games, with only eight goals allowed (0.63 GAA) … product of various U.S. youth national teams, most recently with Under–23 squad (earlier played for U–20, U–18, U–17 and U-15 teams) … key member and team captain for Dallas Texans club team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of 2011–12 (earlier 2009 USYS Region III champions) … trained with Region III ODP team from 2005–10 … two-time NSCAA youth All-American who graduated a semester early from Plano West High School … her father Mitchell Smith ran track and cross country at Baylor.
> Taylor Stevens
Midfielder • Sr. • #21
Fort Wayne, IN
Week–9 Summary – Factored into all four of her team’s goals (2G–2A) as the Racers picked up key road wins vs. fellow OVC title contenders: 2–0 at Morehead State and 2–1 at Tennessee Tech … her pass sprung Harriet Withers for early lead at Morehead (9’) … later capped that win on a low shot from the top of the box that found the corner (’88), assisted by Marissa Burroughs … two days later, picked up secondary assist after feeding ball to Withers, who then set up goal by Taylor Richerson for early lead at Tennessee Tech (19’) … later scored for 2–0 lead (57’) and eventual gamewinner, assisted by Withers and Aaron Lankster … the weekend left the Racers alone atop the OVC (7–0–0), while both opponents now stand 5–2–0 … team captain who has started all 16 games this season, with her 18 points (7G–4A) trailing only Withers (8G–4A) … has played in all 69 games of her Murray State career.
Career Highlights – Started all 19 games in 2014 (3G–4A; 20 GP) after starting all 17 in 2013 (1A) … earned 13 starts as a freshman in 2012 (17 GP; 1G) … product of Snider High School.
> Samantha Witteman
Forward • Sr. • #26
Redondo Beach, CA
Week–9 Summary – Involved in all three Cal goals, during 1–0 ivalry win over Santa Clara (cs360 #16) and 2–0 game vs. Utah that kept Bears near top of Pac-12 … logged the full 90’ in both games … all four of her goals this season have been gamewinners, despite playing most of season at right back (more recently at forward and midfield) … scored vs. SCU on shot from left flan into upper-right corner (62’), assisted by Emma Fletcher, as the Bears beat the Broncos for the third straight time … provided primary assists on both first-half goals vs. Utah – first after taking thru-ball down right side from Indigo Gibson and centering ball to Arielle Ship (1-touch shot 23’ for her league-leading 11th goal of season), and then on pass that sprung Ifeoma Onumonu for shot through ‘keeper’s legs (37’) … has started all 16 games this season (4G–3A) … Shipp earlier was the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week, after 2G–2A spanning 1–1 tie vs. UNC and 3–1 win vs. Duke (click here for week–3 release).
In Her Own Words – “[At Utah] they were great goals and great buildups. We used different services and combinations to get in, and it worked out to our advantage. I’m feeling really confident and I couldn’t be happier.”
Career Highlights – Started 18 games in 2014 while leading team with eight assists (4G; 22 GP) … scored in 2014 NCAA Tournament games vs. San Diego State and Florida … appeared in 21 games during 2013 season (6G–4A; 21 GP), after seeing time in 19 of 22 games as a freshman (9 GS; 1A) … product of Redondo Union High School and Beach Futbol club.
Note – Photos on this page are courtesy of the respective schools.