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Sept. 6, 2010                               contact: Pete LaFeur ( Primetime Performers of Week #3  (Aug. 30-Sept. 5)

UConn forward Jessica Shufelt tabbed as Primetime Player of the Week.

CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week (2010):

University of Connecticut junior forward Jessica Shufelt (Rochester, N.Y.) has been named the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week, as selected by Shufelt – one of 11 honorees among CS360's week-3 Primetime Performers of the Week – had a pair of two-goal games over the weekend while registering overtime gamewinners in each victory, as the Huskies knocked off a pair of top-50 teams in the CS360 Composite National Rankings (2-1 vs. Illinois; 3-2 vs. Penn State).

Jessica Shufelt A-230

UConn junior forward Jessica Shufelt (left) scored in regulation and in overtime vs. #50 Illinois (2-1), then duplicated that 2-goal feat (including the GWG) in the Huskies' big 3-2 victory over #15 Penn State.

Shufelt's big weekend began early in the second half versus Illinois, after taking a touch pass from Melissa Busque and blasting a 20-yard shot near the upper-right corner of the box (the ball clipped the crossbar and fell behind 'keeper Alexandra Kapicka for a 1-0 lead). That duo later set up the gamewiner, with seven minutes left in the second and final overtime. Busque battled down the left sideline and slid a pass over to Elise Fugowski, who then sent a thru-ball that connected with the onrushing Shufelt. The ensuing shot went under the diving Kapicka and into the right corner of the net, for the 2-1 win.

Two days later, Shufelt led UConn's rally from a 1-0 deficit in the opening minutes of the game. Early in the second half, with the game tied, Shufelt gathered a loose ball and pulled away from her defender before lifting an 18-yard shot into the left side of the goal (57'). Penn State scored again to force another overtime game, but this time the game ended quickly in the extra time (93'). Fugowski again provided the primary assisting pass, with Shufelt then uncorking a leftfooted shot from the top-right corner of the box. The curling shot found the top-right corner of the net, sailing beyond 'keeper Krissi Tribbett's lunge to cap a wild weekend at Morrone Stadium. Shufelt's goal total this season (5) is more than she scored during the past two seasons combined (4).

Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):
• Must have been playing in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or a preseason conference favorite), or performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason qualification.
• Involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, team leadership, 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.

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent and situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments. 

The other 10 players on the week-3 Primetime Performer list include: Auburn jr. midfielder Katy Frierson (Homewood, AL) ... Oklahoma State jr. M Krista Lopez (Carrollton, TX) ... BYU jr. forward Jennie Marshall (Modesto, CA) ... Yale fr. defender Shannon McSweeney (Stow, MA) ... Wake Forest fr. F Rachel Nuzzolese (Melville, NY) ... DePaul sr. F Lauren Pangone (Arizona State jr. D Kari Shane (Lake Forest, IL) ... Minnesota jr. D Tamara Strahota (Burnsville, MN) ... Cal State Fullerton jr. M Casey Volk (Davis, CA) ... and Notre Dame sr. goalkeeper Nikki Weiss (Redding, CT).

The 11 selections include four forwards, three midfielders, three defenders and the goalkeeper Weiss. They feature two seniors, seven juniors and two freshmen. Three of the players – Marshall, Shane and Volk – are California natives, with the other eight hailing from seven different home states: two from New York, plus one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Texas.

Primetime Performers of the Week #3 (Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2010)

(Division I women's soccer; presented by
Katy Frierson  (Auburn ... M ... Jr. ... Homewood, AL ... #23)
Krista Lopez  (Oklahoma State ... M ... Jr. ... Carrollton, TX ... #2)
Jennie Marshall  (BYU ... F ... Jr. ... Modesto, CA ... #9)
Shannon McSweeney  (Yale ... D ... Fr. ... Stow, MA ... #22)
Rachel Nuzzolese  (Wake Forest ... F ... Fr. ... Melville, NY ... #4)
Lauren Pagone  (DePaul ... F ... Sr. ... Park Ridge, IL ... #5)
Kari Shane  (Arizona State ... D ... Jr. ... Lake Forest, CA ... #19)
* Jessica Shufelt 
 (Connecticut ... F ... Jr. ... Rochester, NY ... #11) 
Tamara Strahota  (Minnesota ... D ... Jr. ... Burnsville, MN ... #18)
Casey Volk  (Cal State Fullerton ... M ... Jr. ... Davis, CA ... #25)
Nikki Weiss (Notre Dame ... G ... Sr. ... Redding, CT ... #1)

* Shufelt is the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week

All photos courtesy of the respective schools.

(Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2010)

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

CollegeSoccer360 is pleased to honor these players who came through for their teams, delivering in the clutch during the third week of the 2010 season (rankings below refer to CS360 Composite National rankings; class years indicate academic status and some players may have an additional year of eligibility):  

Katy Frierson A-230

(Auburn ... Jr. ... M ... Homewood, AL)
Lived up to her status as one of the Southeastern Conference's top players, assisting on tying goal in regulation and then scoring late in the second overtime to beat #6 Florida State (3-2) ... led breakaway and slotted pass to Lydia Townsend, who chipped 'keeper Kelsey Wys for 1-1 game (73') ... scored her dramatic goal with only 2:57 left in the second/final OT, following a failed clear (Mary Coffed then touched ball to Fierson, who ripped 18-yard shot through the defense and into the net (108') ... scored two days later in 3-0 win over Western Carolina (finished a Gabi Rivera cross, 21') ... has scored in each of Auburn's wins this season (4-1-0) ... on verge of reaching 20 goals and 20 assists in her career (18G-20A; 49 games played, 26 starts) ... earned first team all-SEC honors in 2008 and again in '09 ... her 10 career gamewinning goals include three this season ... has played for various U.S. youth national teams, including the Under-23 squad that won the 2008 Nordic Cup.
Krista Lopez A-230

(Oklahoma St. ... Jr. ... M ... Carrollton, TX)
Led Cowgirls to pair of wins – 2-1 vs. #18 Memphis; 4-2 vs. OVC favorite Murray St. – as team extended its solid start (4-1-0; lone loss vs. #4 Portland) ... 5-foot-5 sparkplug who answered coaching staff's challenge for more production, by scoring gamewinner vs. Memphis and 2G vs. Murray St. ... scored shortly after Memphis had tied game, converting cross from Colleen Dougherty for eventual GWG (54') ... opened scoring vs. Murray St. (16'; 8-yds far-post) and scored unassisted again, early 2nd half (15 yds) ... has appeared in 49 career games (7G-5A).

Jennie Marshall action

(BYU ... Jr. ... F ... Modesto, CA)
Spirited frontrunner who played lead role in Cougars extending their strong start to 5-0-0, with pair of wins over CS360 top-50 teams (2-1 vs. #27 Northwestern, 3-1 vs. #43 Washington State) ... totaled three goals for the second straight weekend, with her six goals this season already besting her goal total (4) from the 2007-09 seasons ... helped hand Northwestern its first loss of season, days after the Wildcats had upset #3 UCLA ... opened scoring in that one-goal win (17'; assisted by Carlee Payne) ... ended scoreless game vs. WSU early in second half (off an assist from Lauren Anderson) ... capped win with another goal in the 86th minute, launching shot over 'keeper Ariana Byrd ... has appeared in 53 career games at BYU, with 44 starts (10G-2A). 

Shannon McSweeney A-230

(Yale ... Fr. ... D ... Stow, MA)
Newcomer who helped Bulldogs open their season – two weeks after most teams started – with pair of solid results vs. CS360 top-50 teams, knocking off #15 Penn State (1-0) before dropping 1-0 game to #50 Illinois ... led the way for Yale defense that limited PSU offense to four shots on goal and four corner kicks. 

Rachel Nuzzolese A-230

(Wake Forest ... Fr. ... F ... Melville, NY)
Talented scorer whose fast start to the season has helped overcome the graduation loss of WFU's top 2009 scorers Jill Hutchinson and Kaley Fountain ... became first Wake Forest player ever to score goals in each of her first four career games, after scoring to cap 3-1 win over #30 LSU ... also assisted on first two goals vs. the Tigers ... her corner kick led to the game's first goal (by Caralee Keppler, 37') ... later played perfect thru-ball that sprung Katie Stengel for go-ahead chip (76') ... lofted in a 21-yard shot with 'keeper off the line, to extend her goal streak with nine seconds left to play ... has seen extensive action with the U.S. Under-15, U-17 and U-18 national teams.

Lauren Pagone A-230

(DePaul ... Sr. ... F ... Park Ridge, IL)
Continues to play lead role for DePaul program that won only 12 games spanning the 2006-08 seasons (4-15-0 in '08), before going 10-9-2 in 2009 and starting 3-2-1 start this season ... helped injury-plagued Blue Demons post 1-1 game vs. Big 12 defending champs Missouri on Sept. 3, followed by 3-2 win over MAC divisional favorites Miami (OH) ... converted from right flank to open scoring vs. Missouri (53') ... has logged 53 career games played at DePaul (63 games played; 7 goals, 2 assists).

Kari Shane A-230

KARI SHANE  (left)   
(Arizona State ... Jr. ... D ... Lake Forest, CA)
Key member of ASU defense that had strong weekend on the road, with 1-0 win at Charlotte and 1-1 game at #20 South Carolina ... helped limit South Carolina offense to three shots on goal, spanning the full 110 minutes ... has helped ASU (CS360 #41) start the season with a 3-0-1 record.

JESSICA SHUFELT  (CS360 Primetime Player of the Week)
(Connecticut ... Jr. ... F ... Rochester, NY)
Had pair of two-goal games while registering OT gamewinners in each victory, vs. pair of top-50 teams (2-1 vs. #50 Illinois; 3-2 vs. #15 Penn St.) ... her big weekend began early in 2nd half vs. Illinois, after taking touch pass from Melissa Busque and blasting a 20-yd shot near upper-right corner of box (the ball clipped the crossbar and fell behind 'keeper Alexandra Kapicka for 1-0 lead) ...  that duo later set up GWG, with seven minutes left in 2nd and final OT ... Busque battled down left sideline and slid pass over to Elise Fugowski, who then sent thru-ball that connected with the onrushing Shufelt (her shot went under the diving Kapicka and into right corner of the net( ... two days later, led rally from early 1-0 deficit vs. PSU ... early in 2nd half, with game tied, she gathered loose ball and pulled away from defender before lifting 18-yd shot into left side of goal (57') ... PSU scored to force another OT, but game ended quickly in extra time (93') ... Fugowski again provided primary assist, with Shufelt uncorking leftfooted shot from top-right corner of box (curling shot found top-right corner of the net, sailing beyond 'keeper Krissi Tribbett's lunge) ... Shufelt's goal total this season (5) is more than she scored during the past two seasons combined (4).

Tamara Strahota A-230

(Minnesota ... Jr. ... D ... Burnsville, MN)
Versatile veteran who made shift from forward to center back, in place of Hermann Trophy nomine Jennie Clark ... rose to the challenge – despite having only day of practice to learn the position – as the Gophers posted wins over a pair of top teams from southern California (2-0 vs. Big West favorite UC Santa Barbara and 2-1 vs. CS360 #17 San Diego) ... key member of Minnesota defense that allowed total of only six shots on goal in the pair of big wins ... three-year regular who has appeared in 52 career games with the Gophers (26 starts; 11 goals, 7 assists) ... earned 2008 Freshman All-American honors.

Casey Volk A-230

CASEY VOLK  (left)  
(Cal State Fullerton ... Jr. ... M ... Davis, CA)
Scored first goal and assisted on the second, as Titans handed #26 UNC Greensboro its first loss of the season (UNCG had allowed only one goal prior to facing Fullerton) ... had played more a defensive role in earlier game vs. Purdue, before sparking the Titans attack in Sunday's game ... scored on her first (and only) shot of the game, in 47th minute, on header to far-left post (after leftside cross from Caitlin Mellano ... sparked second goal sequence with a sliding toepoke from the endline, leading to Christina Murillo's goal (59') ... helped Fullerton post its first win over a ranked opponent since 10/5/08 (2-1 vs. then-#23 UCSB). 

Nikki Weiss A-230

NIKKI WEISS  (left) 
(Notre Dame ... Sr. ... G ... Redding, CT)
Was on top of her game in top-10 showdown, stopping all seven shots she faced as the #3 Irish edged #9 Santa Clara (1-0) ... the seven saves in that game are a career-high ... made key save in 53rd minute, backpedaling to tip Kendra Perry's shot (bound for uppee left corner) over the bar ... added four more saves in 2-0 win over upstart Texas Tech ... has yet to allow a goal in four starts this season ... owns a 0.58 career goals-against average, spanning 39 appearances (24 starts; 19-4-2 record).

Note: rankings above refer to CS360 Composite National rankings; class years indicate academic status (may have additional year of eligibility).

The CS360 Primetime Performer awards made their debut at the start of the 2009 season and now have spanned 15 total weeks of competition. Stanford players have combined for 15 Primetime Performer honors during those 15 weeks, followed by: 11 from North Carolina; eight each from UCLA and Santa Clara; seven each from Florida State, Penn State, Virginia and Boston College; six each from San Diego, Portland and Texas A&M; five each from Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Duke, Florida, Ohio State and Wake Forest; four each from eight teams (St. John's, California, Michigan State, Maryland, BYU, Arizona State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State); and three each from nine other teams (UCF, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Rutgers, USC, Missouri, West Virginia, Purdue and Milwaukee).