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contact: Pete LaFeur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

CS360's PRIMETIME PERFORMERS 
OF THE WEEK (#2; Sept. 2-7)

"It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."

Jordan Angeli (Santa Clara ... 6th-Yr.-Sr./D ... Lakewood, CO)

Versatile veteran (missed '07 & '08 due to injury),
scored OT gamewinner at #30 Georgetown in 109th minute (2-1)

Grace Barnard (William & Mary ... Jr./G ... Cortland, NY)
Stopped 10 of 11 shots she faced, as part of opponent barrage
(41 total shots/21 CKs) in road wins at #24 BYU (1-0/2OT) and #22 Utah (3-1)

Devon Beach (Indiana ... So./M ... Sarnia, ONT)

Scored in regulation and assisted on overtime GWG (115') vs. #6 Florida (2-1)

Lauren Cheney (UCLA ... Sr./F ... Indianapolis, IN)

Assisted on first goal and scored late GWG (79') at #14 Illinois (2-1)

Cassie Dickerson (Ohio State ... Sr./D ... Kalamazoo, MI)

Defensive leader (injury-plagued career) chosen for winning PK at #20 USC (1-0)
while helping hold #21 USD (3-0) & USC to combined 0 goals-9 shots-3 SOG-3 CKs

Tobin Heath (North Carolina ... Sr./M ... Basking Ridge, NJ)

Assisted on both first goals/GWGs at #4 Notre Dame (0:23; 6-0 final) 
and upset-threat Marquette (1-0); attacking midfielder who helped 
UNC total 17-5 weekend shot-on-goal margin (40-21 shots/10-5 CK)

Nicole Hubbard (Long Beach State ... So./D ... Lakewood, CA)

Scored final two goals ('77, '79) to clinch 4-1 win at #25 Missouri

Ines Jaurena (Florida State ... Fr./D ... Charlenton le Pont, France)
Upstart rookie who led defense that allowed only six combined shots on goal
and one CK (18 total shots) in wins over #12 Penn St. (2-1) & #38 Wash. St. (4-1)
Alicia Jenkins (Stanford ... Sr../D ... Diamond Springs, CA)
Veteran backline leader who directed suffocating defense
(7 total opp. shots, 1 SOG, 1 CK) in road wins vs. UNCG (1-0) and Va.Tech (5-0) 

Ashley Jones (Rutgers ... Jr./D ... Feasterville, PA)
Delivered goal in 84th minute for 1-0 win at #12 Penn State
Lisa Kevorkian (California ... Sr./F ... Arcadia, CA)
Scored GWG (70') vs. #11 Texas A&M (1-0), assisted for 2-0 lead on #26 Texas (4-2 win)
Sydney Leroux (UCLA ... So./F ... Vancouver, BC)
Talented striker opened scoring at #14 Illinois (4’) and assisted on late GWG (79’; 2-1),
then scored the first goal (51’) vs. #6 Florida (3-0; @ILL)

Erin Liberatore (William & Mary ... Fr./F ... Midlothian, VA)

Scored double-OT gamewinner (109:40) @ #24 BYU (1-0), adding goal at #22 Utah (3-1)

Rachel Lim (Florida State ... Jr./M ... Boca Raton, FL)

Answered tying goal by #12 Penn State with late GWG 58 seconds later (80’; 2-1)

Carlee Payne
 (Brigham Young ... Fr./F ... Pleasanton, CA)

Primetime Performer repeat honoree who scored in regulation
and assisted on OT gamewinner (115’) vs. #18 Oklahoma State (2-1) 

Beth Reed
 (Navy ... Sr./G ... Indianapolis, IN)

Saved all 19 shots she faced in frenetic pair of shutouts (50 total opp. shots/20 CK)
vs. #35 Dayton (0-0) and host/#33 Miami (1-0)

Alyssa Rich   (North Carolina ... Fr./F ... Cincinnati, OH)
First-year player came off bench to score first career goal (77’)
in 1-0 win vs. feisty Marquette team (@ND)
Jen Stoltenberg (Oregon ... Jr./F ... Mission Viejo, CA)
Provided late (82') game-tying assist vs. Colgate (1-1, @CU) and 2G at #16 Colorado (2-1)
Kiara Williams
 (Arizona State ... Fr./F ... Sammamish, WA)
Rookie reserve who scored lone goals vs. Old Dominion (1-0) and #10 Virginia (1-1)


Note: check back to this page later, as player tribute capsules will be added for all 19 players (similar to the previous week – see link below) ... rankings above refer to the CS360 Composite National rankings; class years indicate academic status, with several players having an additional year of eligibility.


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Sept.. 8, 2009                                contact: Pete LaFeur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)
CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week #2 (Sept. 2-7)

The past six days in Division I women's college soccer featured some noteworthy performances by players from throughout the country. CollegeSoccer360.com – reocgnizing the need to recognize more top players (in addition to the pre-existing conference and national honors) – has begun a recognition program entitled Primetime Performers of the Week.


Each week for the rest of the season, CS360 will honor players based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):

• Must have been playing for a top-25 team or against such a top-level opponent (this requirement may be expanded late in the regular season, based on the importance of non-top-25 games in terms of conference tournament and/or NCAA qualification).

• Involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, team leadership, etc.

• Performing against a team rated highly nationally (or within its own conference)., with bonus consideration for key performances away from home field.

• Overcoming adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual). 


For this second week of Primetime Performer honorees, CS360 has selected 19 players (listed at the top of this release), to closely represent the number on a typical "travel" top-18 squad (the usual number of honorees will be 18). This include eight forwards, three midfielders, six defenders and two goalkeepers. They come from 15 different teams (two each from UNC, Florida State, UCLA and William & Mary) and five of them are California natives, plus two from Indiana and one each from British Columbia, Colorado, Florida, France, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washingon. The 19 include a rare 6th-year senior, six seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen.


Four teams – North Carolina, Stanford, BYU and Arizona State – also had players honored on CS360's inaugural Primetime Performer list, with BYU freshman forward Carlee Payne impressively repeating the honor. UNC and BYU lead all teams with three Primetime Performer honors so far in the young season.


Headshots for each of the 19 players (as available) are included in the righthand sidebar and capsule tributes (with action photos) follow below..


(The initial setup/template for this page has taken some extra time, and still needs some design/conistency tweaks. CS360 plans to continue announcing the Primetime Performers on Tuesdays, along with the updated Composite National Rankings).


Note: player tribute capsules (with action photos) have be added to this release for all 19 players ... all photos are courtesy of the various schools and their photographic staffs.


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Jordan Angeli (left) scrored in the final seconds of the first OT to give Santa Clara a 2-1 win at nationally-ranked Georgetown.


Santa Clara versatile sixth-year senior JORDAN ANGELI (Lakewood, Colo.) – who has returned to action after missing all of the 2007 and '08 seasons due left knee injuries – showed her veteran savvy by scoring in the closing moments of the first overtime (99:47) at #30 Georgetown, giving SCU a thrilling 2-1 road victory on Sept. 4.


CLICK HERE  for an excellent feature story on Jordan Angeli, filed by Graham Hayes of ESPN.com (Sept. 8, 2009).


Angeli's wide-reaching talents have allowed her to play all three field positions during her career, including a role on the back line this season. The winning goal sequence at Georgetown was initiated by a soaring flip-throw from senior frontrunner Kiki Bosio. Amidst the scramble, Angeli emerged with the ball and scored from close range to end the game moments before the first-OT-ending horn. She now has appeared in 61 career games with the Broncos (51 starts) and could make a run at the "20-20 club" (16 career goals, 15 assists).


Earlier in the season, Angeli assisted on an Amanda Webster goal at San Jose State (4-0) and then converted a penalty kick to provide some cushion in SCU's 2-0 win over UC Santa Barbara. Angeli saw her "traditional" senior season wiped out by injury in 2007 and she again was unable to play in 2008, before returning in '09 when the NCAA approved a rare sixth year of eligibility.


She broke into the college ranks as a Freshman All-America defender in 2004. As an all-region and all-WCC forward in '05, she racked up 29 points (12G-5A) – including both goals in a 2-1 win over defending NCAA champion Notre Dame. The start of Angeli's all-WCC junior season (2G-7A) was delayed while she served a one of the top players (at midfield) for the U.S. team that won the Under-20 World Championship in Russia.


Angeli – who already owns a degree in marketing and now is pursuing a second in communications – was a prep All-American and Colorado player of the year while starring at Green Mountain High School and with the elite Colorado Rush club team.


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Grace Barnard (left) rose to the occasion during an offensive barrage from BYU (1-0) and Utah (3-1), totaling 10 saves in the pair of road wins.


William & Mary junior goalkeeper GRACE BARNARD (Cortland, N.Y.) was kept on her toes during games over the weekend at #24 BYU (1-0/2OT) and #22 Utah (3-1), as the Cougars and Utes combined for 41 total shots and 21 corner kicks. Barnard stopped 10 of the 11 shots she faced during those games, helping lift the Tribe into the national rankings.


Barnard played a lead role in the overtime win at BYU, saving all six shots she faced while dealing with plenty of traffic in front of her (15 total opp. shots & 14 corners) as the Tribe won with 40 seconds left in the second/final OT. Two days later, she had four saves (the W&M field players saved two other balls off the line) in a more comfortable margin at Utah (the Utes racked up 20 total shots and 7 CKs). Barnard has played all 380 minutes in goal for the Tribe this season (also 3-1 vs. Monmouth, 0-3 vs. Charlotte), holding three of the four opponents to 0-1 goals with a 0.79 goals-against avg. and .800 save pct. (20 SV).


Both of Barnard's parents – James (wrestling; Purdue) and Elaine (skiing; St. Lawrence) – were college athletes and watched their daughter star in the goal for Christian Brothers High School. 


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Devon Beach (left) scored and assisted on the overtime gamewinner, as Indiana knocked off #6 Florida.


Indiana sophomore midfielder DEVON BEACH (Sarnia, Ontario) helped lift Indiana into the national rankings, after factoring into both IU goals (including the double-overtime gamewinner) during a 2-1 win over #6 Florida (Sept. 4). The Hoosiers, now 5-0-0, then went on the road and turned in a 2-1 comeback victory over a tough Mercer team.


The dramatic winning goal vs. Florida came with only five minutes left in the second/final OT. Beach assisted on that goal after collecting a loose ball near midfield, dribbling down the right wing and sending a lead pass towards the penalty box. Leigh Anne Cummings connected with the pass and shielded off a defender before beating ‘keeper Katie Fraine on a far-post shot.


Early in the first half (58’), Beach had scored to give IU a 1-0 lead. Chloe Mckay provided the free-kick service from midfield and Beach snapped a far-post header for her second goal of the season (the lead was shortlived, due to an own-goal moments later). One week earlier, Beach had a goal and assist in IU’s 3-0 win over Evansvile.


A second-year starter, Beach led Indiana in scoring as a freshman (4G-3A) – highlighted by a game-tying goal vs. Texas A&M. She earlier was a top player with Team Ontario for three years, also starring for the London (Ont.) Supernova club and the Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School.


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U.S. national teamer Lauren Cheney (left) delivered in the clutch at #14 Illinois, assisting on the first goal and sending home the late gamewinner to give UCLA a 2-1 win.


UCLA senior forward and Team USA member LAUREN CHENEY (Indianapolis, Ind.) helped the Bruins emerge with a 2-1 victory at #14 Illinois (Sept. 4), after assisting on the game’s first goal and then scoring the late gamewinner (79’). UCLA followed two days later with a 3-0 win over #6 Florida (@Illinois), yielding a 3-1-1 season record that includes four games vs.  top-20 opponents and all five games away from home.


Cheney set up the game’s first goal in the fourth minute, after feeding the ball into the box to Sydney Leroux (another Primtetime Performer honoree) for a score to the lower-left corner. Illinois tied it up shortly before halftime and the game stayed deadlocked until 11 minutes were left in regulation.


Leroux returned the favor to Cheney on the winning goal, with a pass into the box. Cheney took the feed and beat her defender before scoring inside the right post for the 2-1 final. Cheney’s only other points this season came on a goal at Long Beach State (4-0) – but her impressive career numbers include 55 goals and 22 assists (132 points) in 71 career games (69 starts) with the Bruins. 


A first team All-American in each of her previous three seasons, Cheney had 11G-9A as a freshman – with notable goals in the NCAA round-of-16 win over Florida State (3-2) and the ensuing 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Portland. She was runner-up for the prestigious M.A.C. Hermann Trophy player-of-the-year award in 2007 (23G-11A; overtime goal vs. Virginia in NCAA round-of-16) and followed with 19 goals as a junior (1A), including the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Portland.


Cheney has been a leading member of various U.S. national teams throughout the past five years and earned national player-of-the-year honors as a prep standout with the Carmel United Heat club team and Ben Davis High School.


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Cassie Dickerson has completed an inspiring comeback at Ohio State and played a lead role in west-coast wins over #21 San Diego (3-0) and #20 USC (1-0), helping limit those opponents to nine total shots (three on goal) and three corner kicks while also stepping forward to nail a late PK vs. USC.


Ohio State senior defender CASSIE DICKERSON (Kalamazoo, MI) ­– who played a total of only 131 minutes during the past three seasons (due to injuries on both knees) – has been a leading presence for the Buckeyes this season, as evidenced last week by her play in a pair of wins at the University of San Diego (3-0 vs. #21 USD; 1-0 vs. #20 USC). Dickerson poised play and commanding presence on the back line set the tone for an OSU team that allowed only nine shots, three shots on goal and three CKs spanning the two wins. She also was called on to take a penalty kick late in the USC game and buried the chance. 


The Buckeyes bottled up the USD attack, allowing only one shot (on goal) and two corners during the entire 90 minutes. Two days later vs, USC, the opponent SOG (2) and CK (1) totals were nearly the same (8 total shots) in a game that was scoreless through almost 80 minutes of play. A penalty kick was awarded at the 78:xxxx mark, after contact in the box between OSU’s Lauren Granberg and ‘keeper Kristin Olsen.


Dickerson – who ranks second on the 2009 team in minutes played (557, of 570) – is a second-generation college athlete, as her father Van Dickerson played football at Western Michigan. Prior to attending OSU, the aspiring veterinarian was a top player at Kalamazoo Central High School and with the Michigan Hawks club team.

 

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Tobin Heath (left) has continued to excel for UNC in her new role as attacking midfielder, replacing the graduated Yael Averbuch.


North Carolina senior midfielder and U.S. national-teamer TOBIN HEATH (Basking Ridge, N.J.) helped top-ranked North Carolina remain unbeaten, in games at Notre Dame vs. the #4 Irish (6-0) and upset-minded Marquette (1-0). Heath – who has shifted this season from left-flank to attacking midfielder – assisted on the first goals in both games, while leading the battle in the middle third that led to UNC’s decisive 17-5 edge in shots on goal during the pair of games also 40-21 in total shots, 10-5 in corner kicks).


The rematch of the 2008 NCAA title game quickly turned into a 3-0 lead for visiting UNC (midway through the first half), sparked by a Courtney Jones goal 23 seconds into the game. Heath – who similarly scored on a first-minute goal (0:41) in the opener vs. UCLA (7-2) – set up the first goal at Notre Dame with a cross from the left endline. Jones was in position for the header and scored from five yards out, stunning the crowd in the first women’s soccer game held at the new Alumni Stadium.


Heath and the Heels finished with a 11-4 edge in shots on goal vs. the Irish, followed by a 6-1 SOG margin in the tightly-contested Marquette game. Overtime certainly was a possibility as the game neared the 70-minute mark, but Heath picked up the key assist on a goal from fresmhan reserve Alyssa Rich (also a member of the Primetime Performers). Rich drilled a shot from the top of the box, with the ball sailing into the upper-right corner of the net to provide the only goal in the game.


Jones and Heath (3G-4A) currently share the UNC scoring lead, with Heath’s 10 points also including an assist vs. UCLA and a huge role (2G-1A) in the 4-0 win over Central Florida). She is nearing the 20-20 mark for her career (17G-26A, in 77 games/74 starts), which has included All-America honors in each of the previous three seasons. Heath has excelled on the big stage, helping the U.S. win the 2008 Olympic gold medal (as the youngest member of that team) while being named to the College Cup All-Tournament teams in 2006 and ’08 (with UNC winning the title both years).

 

Heath totaled 4G-9A as a freshman, 2G-5A as a sophomore and then 8G-8A as a junior in 2008, when her season highlights included scoring in the 1-1 tie at Stanford and a 2-2 game with ACC rival Florida State. IN her pre-UNC days, Heath earned All-America and N.J. player-of-the-year honors as an elite player at Ridge High School and with the PDA Wildcats club (’03 national champs).


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Nicole Hubbard (left) scored twice in a span of 2:26 to clinch Long Beach Sate's 4-1 win at #25 Missouri.


Long Beach State sophomore defender NICOLE HUBBARD (Lakewood, Calif.) scored the clinching pair of goals in a 4-1 victory at #25 Missouri on Sept. 6, giving the 49ers their first win over a ranked opponent since 2005. Hubbard also led an LBSU defense that yielded only two shots on goal (10 total).


With 15 minutes left in regulation, the outcome still was very much in doubt with the visitors owning a 2-1 lead thanks to Jenny Soza's goal at 73:40. But Hubbard then scored twice in a span of 2:26 (giving the 49ers three scores in five minutes) to secure the road win. Hubbard pushed the score to 3-1 ('77) on a combination play that included Karina Camacho's rightside cross and the ensuing oass from Whitney Velez. Moments later ('79), Hubbard snapped home a header (via another Camacho cross) for the final margin.


Hubbard was an all-BIg West Conference performer in 2008 (3G-4A), after amassing 144 career goals at Mayfair High School (she also played for the Infinity club team). Her grandfather Dick Hoerner played in the NFL, with the Los Angeles Rams.


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Ines Juarena (left) assisted on Florida State's second goal vs. nationally-ranked Washington State (4-1) while helping limit WSU and #12 Penn State (2-1) to 18 total shots, six shots on goal and three CKs.


Florida State freshman defender INES JAURENA (Charlenton le Pont, France) has made a quick impact for Seminoles, including a lead role on the back line in last week's wins over #12 Penn state (2-1) and #38 Washington State (4-1). Jaurena and the rest of the FSU defense limited each opponent to nine shots and three shots on goal, plus only three corner kicks by PSU and no CKs from WSU. 


Jaurena – who has started all five games this season – also picked up an assist on the second goal vs. Washington State (2-0). Jessica Price's throw-in led to a Toni Pressley header that hit off the crossbar and Jaurena then flicked the rebound to Tiffany McCarty, who scored her first of two goals in the game.


Earlier in the season, Jaurena scored in the big win over South Alabama (8-0). She has played for France's Under-17, U-18 and U-19 national teams that have played in various international competitions in recent years. Jaurena attended Lycee Louis Bascan High School and has played for the VGA Saint-Maur club team.


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Alicia Jenkins (left) is one of the veteran leaders of a Stanford defense that allowed only one shot on goal (7 total shots) and one corner kick spanning games at UNC Greensboro (1-0) and vs. Virginia Tech (5-0; @UNCG).


Stanford senior defender ALICIA JENKINS (Diamond Springs, Calif.) has proven to be a valuable member of the Cardinal back line, as Stanford has allowed only five goals in five games this season while limiting its opponents to 21 total shots, nine shots on goal and seven corner kicks. 


The Jenkins-led defense was nearly impenetrable during early-Sept. action at UNC Greensboro, allowing only one SOG (7 total shots) and a single CK during shutout wins over UNCG (1-0; 4 opp. shots) and Virginia Tech (5-0; 3 opp. shots, 1 SOG, 1 CK). Despite the lopsided final score vs. the Hokies, the Cardinal's first-half defense was key as that game was scoreless a the intermission.


The speedy Jenkins has logged 73 career games played in a Stanford uniform (60 starts), with the only assist of her college career coming on a big stage in '08 (her long ball perfectly sprung Kelley O'Hara for an 87th-minute breakaway goal, leading to a 1-1 tie with eventual NCAA champion UNC). She helped the '08 Stanford defense rank third nationally in goals-against avg. (0.32) and played at all three field positions during her freshman season.


A versatile defender (can play inside or outside) noted for her strong play in the air, Jenkins has been invited to training camps with the U.S. Under-16, U-17 and U-20 national teams. The biology major previously earned youth All-America honors during her prep years playing with Union Mine High School and the Pleasanton Rage (one of the nation's top club programs).


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Ashley Jones (left) pushed forward from her defensive position to score in the 84th minute at #12 Penn State (1-0).


Rutgers junior defender ASHLEY JONES (Feasterville, Pa.) entered the Sept. 6 game at #12 Penn State with only four career games, but one of them had tied favored PSU in the first round of the 2008 NCAAs (RU went on to win in OT, 2-1). Jones struck again vs. the Nittany Lions over the weekend, scoring in the 84th minute to give the Scarlet Knights a 1-0 road win.


That clutch late-game goal featured a strong all-around effort from Jones, who stole the ball from a PSU player, raced by another opponent down the left side and blasted her far-post shot by All-America goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Moments before the goal, Jones almost was subbed out of the game after being kicked in the face.


Jones – who converted to the back line as a freshman – has been a key member of an air-tight RU defense that has surrendered only one goal all season (0.19 GA) while limiting its five opponents to 21 total shots, seven shots on goal and five corner kicks (RU held PSU to 3 SOGs and 3 CKs). She has appeared in 47 career games with the Scarlet Knights (37 starts), with three assists to go along with her five goals. As a sophomore, she scored timely goals in 1-0 wins over Ohio State and Dayton.


A graduate of Neshaminy High School, Jones played club soccer with the  FC Bucks Charge (Southampton, Pa.) and the Highland Lightning (Sicklersville, N.J.). 


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Lisa Kevorkian (left) took charge vs. two of the Big 12's top teams, scoring the game's only goal in Cal's win vs. #11 Texas A&M and assisting on the key second goal vs. #26 Texas (4-2 win).


California senior forward LISA KEVORKIAN (Arcadia, Calif.) - who has one year of eligibility left after 2009, due to a season-ending knee injury early in '07 – came to play vs. a pair of top opponents at the Cal Invitational. Kevorkian scored the game's only goal vs. #11 Texas A&M (1-0) and then assisted vs. #26 Texas (2-0) – with the Bears going on to a 4-2 win over the Longhorns. 


With 20 minutes left in regulation, Kevorkian found the back of the net to end the scoreless game with A&M. Megan Jesolva assisted with a feed to Krevorkian, who then launched a strong shot from 18 yards out for her second goal of the season and ninth of her career. Two days later, Kevorkian (whose varied talents include riding a unicycle) helped give the Bears control of the game with Texas with a pinpoint cross that led to Miranda White's goal (50').


Known for her field vision, tough competitiveness and and creative offensive skills, Kevorkian has totaled 23 career points (9G-5A) while appearing in 43 games with the Bears (27 starts). She posted only five points as a freshman in 2006 (1G-3A), but two of her assists came in big games: the 89th-minute goal vs. Stanford (1-0) and the 3-1 NCAA Tournament win over Auburn.  After missing most of the '07 season due to injury, Kevorkian returned in 2008 and earned a spot on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team (6G-1A).


A high-scoring forward (143 career goals) during her prep days at Monrovia High School, Kevorkian also played for the elite Slammers FC club team that won the 2002 national title (runner-up in '04 and '05).


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Sydney Leroux (left) scored a pair of key goals (also adding an assist) in UCLA victories over the weekend at #14 Illinois (2-1) and vs. #6 Florida (3-0; @Illinois).


UCLA sophomore forward SYDNEY LEROUX (Vancouver, B.C.) – who has been a star player with U.S. and Canadian youth national teams – was involved in several key scoring plays (2G-1A) at the Illini Challenge Cup. The talented striker opened the scoring early in the Sept. 4 game at #14 Illinois and later assisted on the gamewinner with 11 minutes left in regulation. Two days later, she ended a scoreless game early in the second half – sparking the Bruins on to a 3-0 win over #6 Florida.


Fellow Primetime Performer honoree Lauren Cheney assisted on the first goal vs. Illinois (4'), after sending a pass into the penalty area (Leroux finished her chance with a shot to the lower-left corner). The hosts tied the game minutes before intermission and there was no more scoring until the 79th minute, when Leroux flipped the tables by assisting on a Cheney goal. Cheney received the pass in the box, beat her defender and scoring inside the right post for the 2-1 final. Two days later, Florida battled UCLA to a scoreless draw trough 50 minutes of play, before Leroux knocked in a pass from Kristina Larsen for her sixth goal of the season.


Leroux – who posted a pair of two-goal games earlier this season (in 7-2 loss at UNC and 4-0 road win vs. Long Beach State) – totaled 5G-6A as a freshman in 19 games played, before missing all of the NCAA Tournament action while helping Team USA win the 2008 Under-20 World Championship in Chile (she was the leading scorer at that elite event, with five goals). Earlier in her career, Leroux was the youngest player (14) at the 2004 U-19 World Championships in Thailand (while playing for Canada) and she similarly became the youngest player (15) ever to compete with the Vancouver Whitecaps club team. She played a couple years of high school soccer at Johnston Heights Secondary.  

 

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Erin Liberatore (left) has made a quick impact for William & Mary, highlighted by her winning goal at #24 BYU with only 20 seconds left in overtime. 


William & Mary freshman forward ERIN LIBERATORE (Midlothian, Va.) turned in a productive first four games this season, as she started the opener vs. a talented Charlotte team (3-0 loss), scored the eventual gamewinning goal (2-1) vs. Monmouth (3-1), delivered another GWG with time ticking down in double-overtime at #24 BYU (1-2; Sept. 4), and then capped the 3-1 win at #22 Utah a couple days later.


Liberatore's goal at BYU – scored in front of 3,100-plus Cougars fans – came with only 20 seconds left in the second/final OT and was the Tribe's only shot on goal all night (W&M had just one other shot in the game, but it was off-frame). Krissy Vornadore dribbled into the attacking third and slid a pass to her right for Liberatore, who squirted into the open space and quickly placed her shot over the diving 'keeper McKinzie Olson.


Two days later, the game at Utah still was very much in doubt when Liberatore scored in the 73rd minute (the Tribe's first shot of the second half) – providing the final 3-1 margin. Liberatore (who prepped at James River HS) successfully took on two Ute defenders before blasting her shot into the upper-right corner for her third goal in as many games. 

 

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Rachel Lim (left) quickly answered Penn State's tying goal with the eventual winning score ('80), as Florida State edged #12 Penn State 2-1.


Florida State junior midfielder RACHEL LIM (Boca Raton, Fla.) rose to the occasions vs. #12 Penn State on Sept. 4, scoring the 80th-minute gamewinner (2-1) only 58 seconds after PSU had tied the score (2-1). The clutch goal came moments after the Nittany Lion defense failed to clear a corner kick, with Lim intercepting the attempted clear and burying a 25-yard strike inside the right post.


Lim – who scored twice earlier this season vs. South Alabama (8-0) – is a full-time starter for the first time in her career, which now includes 29 points (10G-9A) in 51 games played (12 starts). As a freshman, she scored in the '07 NCAA round-of-16 win over Texas (4-0).


The biological sciences major previously attended American Heritage High School and is a product of the Team  Boca club program.


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Carlee Payne (left) is back among the Primetime Performers for the second straight week, after scoring a goal and assisting on BYU's overtime gamewinner vs. #18 Oklahoma State (2-1)


BYU freshman forward CARLEE PAYNE (Pleasanton, Calif.) quickly is becoming one of the nation's more clutch goalscorers and is the only player named to CS360's Primetime Performer list for each of the past two weeks. One week after scoring dramatic, late-game winning goals vs. nationally-ranked teams UConn and West Virginia (1-0), Payne again played a lead role as the Cougars beat #18 Oklahoma State (2-1, in double-OT), scoring a goal in regulation before assisting on the gamewinner (note that this rare  Monday game, played on Sept. 7, was included in consideration for the Primetime Performers).


Oklahoma State jumped ahead in the fifth minute of the game and the Cowgirls maintained their lead for 65 minutes of game. Jessica Ringwood chased down a lead pass from Lauren Anderson and lifted a pass across the goalmouth. Fellow freshman Payne was in perfecet position for the header goal that ultimately sent the game into overtime. With five minutes left in the second and final OT, Payne sent a perfect thru-ball into the box and Jennie Marshall finished the chance for the victory.


Payne (Foothill HS) – who has played her way into a starting role with the Cougar – is one of many top-level players who have come from the Pleasanton Rage club program, captaining that team to usysa national titles in 2007 and '09.


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Beth Reed (left) stopped all 19 shots she faced in road action vs. nationally-tanked teams Dayton (0-0) and Miami (1-0).


Navy senior goalkeeper BETH REED (Indianapolis, Ind.) navigated her way through plenty of traffic  during a pair of shutouts versus nationally-ranked teams at the Hurricane Cup (0-0 vs. Dayton; 1-0 vs. host Miami).  Reed racked up 19 saves in the two games, while also dealing with 20 opponent corner kicks and 50 total shots that were launched by the Flyers and Hurricanes.


Reed, a first-year starter, came up with eight saves in the Dayton game while also dealing with 25 total shots and 10 corner kicks from the Flyers. Two days later, she collected double-digit saves (11) vs. Miami, in a game that again featured 10 opponent corner kicks and 25 total shots.


An explosive athlete with quick reaction skills, Reed is serving as a team captain this season despite minimal playing time during her first three seasons (24 GP/4 GS, 893 min., 0.50 GAA, 28 SV/5 GA). She has appeared in all six games in the '09 season (four starts) while posting a 0.54 goals-against average, 27 saves, only two goals allowed and a 5-0-0 record. Reed – who also served as a reserve player with the Navy basketball team dring the 2008-09 season – gained valuable insight during her freshman soccer season, while backing up the national leader in GAA (Lizzie Barnes).


Reed's excellence extends to the classroom, where she has compiled a 3.97 cumulative  grade-point average as a mechanical engineering major. She graduated from Bishop Chatard High School and is a second-generation college athlete, as her father Sam Reed played basketball at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.


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Alyssa Rich (left) came off the bench to record a timely first career goal with North Carolina (67'), as the Tar Heels emerged with a 1-0 win over feisty Marquette.


North Carolina freshman reserve forward  ALYSSA RICH (Cincinnati, Ohio) picked a perfect time to score her first goal with the Tar Heels, doing to with 23 minutes left to give UNC a hard-fought victory over Marquette (at Notre Dame; Sept. 6). Two days earlier, Rich had picked up her first point of the season by assisting on a Brittany Bartok goal for a 4-0 lead vs. the Irish (6-0 final).


Marquette gave UNC quite the battle, limiting the potent Tar Heel offense to six shots on goal. Rich had re-entered the game in the 65th minute and proceeded to score the clutch goal 92 seconds after checking in. She struck the ball from just outside the top of the box, driving the shot into the upper-right corner of the net for the eventual gamewinner.


Earlier in the tournament, Rich assisted on a goal four minutes after entering the game. Her pass led to Bartok's chip over the goalkeeper (37') for a commanding 4-0 lead entering the intermission. The speedy Rich – who could contend for a starting role later in her career – has appeared in all five UNC games this season, averaging 33 minutes of game time.


Rich has been a member of various U.S. youth national teams since she was 10 years old, including a 2009t role with the Under-20 National Team. She was a prep All-American while playing for Milford High School and led the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy to seven straight Ohio state club titles.


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Jen Stoletenberg (left) exploited her strong dribbling skills for a pair of unassisted goals in Oregon's 2-1 win at #16 Colorado, also assisting  on the late game-tying goal vs. Colgate.


Oregon junior forwar JEN STOLTENBERG (Mission Viejo, Calif.) played a huge role during a pair of games at the University of Colorado, as she assisted on the late game-tying goal vs. Colgate before scoring two unassisted goals to help upset #16 CU (2-1). Her big weekend started on Sept. 4, when her 82nd-minute free kick from 20 yards out led to senior defender Danielle Sweeney's sliding goal vs. Colgate (picked to finish second in the Patriot League this season, behind Navy). The Ducks averted what would have been a frustrating loss, as they dominated the Raiders in shots (36-6) and shots on goal (13-3). 


Two days later, vs. the homestanding Buffaloes, Stoltenberg opened the scoring in the 15th minute – after dribbling past multiple CU defenders and beating 'keeper Kara Linder with a shot under the crossbar. She added a key insurance goal midway through the second half (63'), again dribbling away from a defender to set up another unassisted score. Oregon had only four shots on goal in the game, with Stolenberg accounting for three of them.


Stoltenberg has totaled 36 career points (14G-8A; 44 GP/27 GS) with the Ducks, including a goal earlier this season to open the scoring in a 2-0 win over Fresno State. She earned honorable mention all-Pac-10 honors as a freshman (10G-5A, including 2G in win at Oklahoma) and assisted on the gamewinning goal at Arizona State in 2008 (1G-2A). A graduate of El Toro-Lake Forest High School, she also was a top player with the West Coast FC club team.


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Kiara Williams (left) served as a super-sub for Arizona State, scoring both of ASU's goals in action vs. Old Dominion (1-0) and #8 Virginia (1-1).


Arizona State freshman forward KIARA WILLIAMS (Sammamish, Wash.) turned in some quality minutes in reserve duty over the weekend, as the rookie registered ASU's only goals in a 1-0 win over Old Dominion and 1-1 tie with #8 Virginia. In the ODU game, Williams scored shortly before halftime (39') – with the goal set up when a tightly-marked Lindsey Jones slid a pass that sprung Williams to dribble down the right side (she then completed an inside move to lose a defender and struck a leftfooted shot that bent back inside the far-left post).


Two days after that impressive first goal of her college career, Williams and her teammates faced a UVa squad that had outscored its opponents 16-2 this season. The Cavaliers took a quick lead in the 10th minute but Williams came off the bench to net the equalizer in the 20th minute (she scored far-post again, via a pass from Karin Volpe, who received CS360 Primetime Performer honors last week).


Williams (Skyline HS/Crossfire Premier club) is yet another second-generation college athlete among those on this list, as her father Aaron Williams was a football player at the University of Washington.

 editor@collegesoccer360.com