CS360 Week-2 Primetime Performers (D-I Women; 2012)

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Release: Aug. 28, 2012      Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

Eight others named to CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, for week of Aug. 20-26.

Erika Tymrak (Shane Lardinois photo)

University of Florida senior attacking midfielder Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.) – who played a central role in the Gators strong showing at the annual North Carolina tournament (0-0 battle vs. cs360 #12 UNC, then 3-2 comeback win vs. #2 Duke ) – leads the way for the most-recent edition of the CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com (nine total honorees, listed below). Tymrak is the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week for Aug. 20-26 and is joined by eight others on the Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll for the first weeklong series of games in the 2012 season.

Florida senior midfielder Erika Tymrak
(photo courtesy of Shane Lardinois).

(Scroll down for complete details on Tymrak's award-winning week, along with the eight other honorees).

... Selection for the Division I women's 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 is key to the team's postseason achievements, typically in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a conference favorite 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, 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.

Awards throughout college soccer usually are dominated by offensive players, but this week's group of CS360 Primetime Performers included numerous players who are based in the defensive third. The nine honorees include a fifth-year senior, three conventional seniors, one junior, two sophomores and a pair of freshmen. They hail from eight different home states: Arizona, California (2), Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Listing of the nine honorees follows below – as do player info. capsules (with action photos) at bottom of page (head shots in right sidebar).

Note – All photos on this page courtesy of the respective schools (unless otherwise noted)

CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #2      Division I Women
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com … week of Aug. 20-26, 2012)

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

ALEX BALCER  (Long Beach State ... D ... Sr. … Tucson, AZ … #8)
JESSICA CROWDER  (Wet Virginia ... D ... So. … Cary, NC … #10)
LEXI DEOL  (San Diego … D/F … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Ladera Ranch, CA … #3)
LINDSEY LUKE  (Utah ... G ... Fr. … Corona Del Mar, CA … #00)
KATE McCARTHY  (Boston College ... DM ... Jr. … Longmeadow, MA … #21)
KENDYL REED  (Ohio State ... D ... Sr. … Worthington, OH … #3)
JAMIE SIMMONS  (UNC Greensboro ... G … Fr. … Houston, TX … #0)
SHELLI SPAMER  (North Carolina State ... D ... So. … MccMurray, PA ... #24)  
*ERIKA TYMRAK  (Florida … M ... Sr. … Brandenton, FL … #17)

* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week

Balcer A 220ALEX BALCER  (Long Beach State ... D ... Sr. … Tucson, AZ … #8)

…. Battle-tested center back for LBSU program that has started 3-0 for only the second time since 2006, following pair of quality wins over St. Francis (PA) team that is expected to repeat as Northeast Conference champions (1-0), and cs360 #32 Baylor (2-1) … centerpiece of defense that limited Red Flash to five total shots (three on goal) … also stepped up on offense during battle with Baylor, after team had fallen behind in the 59th minute … drove booming, 60-yard free kick that bounced and then sailed over 'keeper for dramatic tying goal (63'), after scoring in similar fashion the previous week vs. Arizona … also helped hold Baylor to six shots-on-goal and three corner kicks … collected numerous honors in 2011 (NSCAA second team all-West region, first team all-Big West, and Big West Tournament MVP), after anchoring back line that owned 0.70 goal-sagainst average (had 1G-4A) … second team all-Big West in 2010, starting every game (19 GP/18 GS in '09) … product of Catalina Foothills High School and the Arizona Rus club team … her sister Lara also is a current member of the Long Beach State soccer team. 

Jess Crowder A 220

(Wet Virginia ... D ... So. … Cary, NC … #10)

..... Young defender who tackled huge challenge against top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Stanford (at Penn State), making only the third start of her career and first at outside back (previous two starts came in the midfield) … ended up playing key role as member of WVU defense that shockingly limited the Cardinal to one shot on goal (none in the second half) and one corner kick, while providing clutch assist on the late winning goal … nearly scored that goal herself, on shot that was cleared off the line by Mariah Nogueira, but Frances Silva slammed home the rebound (83') for the eventual 1-0 win … logged the full 90 minutes for first time in her career … helped shut out Stanford attack that had erupted for 6-1 opening win over Santa Clara (then #15 in cs360 top-50) before 3-2 win at #5 Penn State … WVU halted Cardinal's 25-game winning streak while handing Stanford its first loss since the 2010 NCAA title game … appeared in 13 games as a reserve in 2011 … played previously with Needham Broughton High School and the national-power CASL club program. 

Lexi Deol A 220

(San Diego … D/F … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Ladera Ranch, CA … #3)

..... Showcased her talents at both ends of the field, as USD bounced back from week-1 losses vs. Pepperdine and Cal State Northridge to post pair of noteworthy wins, vs. cs360 #10 Texas A&M (1-0) and #35 Minnesota (3-2, in 2 OT) … starting left back who helped limit potent A&M offense to a pair of shots on goal while assisting on Emily Dillon's late game-deciding (79') … her well-placed thru-ball sprung Dillon for eventual shot into the left-corner … shifted to forward after halftime of Minnesota game and helped erase two-goal deficit, capped by her dramatic header (pictured) that won game with 1:23 left in the second and final OT (assisted by Meggie Gulczynki's corner kick) … fifth-year veteran who started all 43 games spanning the 2010-11 seasons (17 GP/2 GS in 2009), with USD making the NCAAs all three seasons … key member of team defense that compiled 0.83 season goals-against average in 2010 and 0.88 in 2011 (reached NCAA round-of-16) …  prep star at Aliso Niguel High School and with the SoCal Blues club team.

Lindsey Luke A 220

(Utah ... G … So./Fr. … Corona Del Mar, CA … #00)

..... Called into action early in rivalry-game battle vs. cs360 #42 BYU (15'), replacing injured starter Cheyanne Mulcock … shook off the competitive rust to deliver clutch six-save effort en route to 1-0 victory … transfer from Wake Forest who did not play in 2011 and recently missed week of 2012 training due to an ankle injury … stopped point-blank chance in first half before registering several big plays over final 45 minutes, as Utes made early goal (30') hold up to beat the rival Cougars … product of Corona del Mar High School and the elite  Slammers FC club program … father Scott Luke played football and baseball at San Jose State.

Kate McCarthy 2012 A 220

(Boston College ... DM ... Jr. … Longmeadow, MA … #21)

..... Standout player and leader at an often unheralded position, defensive midfielder, making her selection as BC's 2011 team MVP all the more noteworthy … had scored only one career goal before finding her net twice over the weekend vs. two of the program's top regional rivals, as Eagles won wild game at cs360 #36 Connecticut (4-3) before taking 3-1 game at crosstown #29 Boston University … member of BC team that overcame three deficits at UConn, with her rebound goal (after hard shot from Gibby Wagner) forging 3-3 score in 78' (winning goal came at 86') … knocked in corner-kick service from Kristen Mewis for 2-1 lead at BU ('57) … started all 21 games as a sophomore, after making five starts in the 2010 NCA Tournament run (15 GP) … walked on to the BC women's lacrosse team in 2011 spring season and started every game, as a midfielder … product of the Loomis Chafffee School and the Connecticut FCclub program … brother Teddy plays soccer at Gettysburg College.

Kendyl Reid A 220

(Ohio State ... D ... Sr. … Worthington, OH … #3)

..... Versatile veteran who served mostly as a midfielder and forward during her first three seasons before making shift in 2012 to left back … helped Buckeyes rebound from 0-2 opening weekend (losses at Hofstra and Rutgers) with 3-0 win over Northeastern (which could contend for title in the Colonial Athletic Association) and then 1-0 battle vs. cs360 #16 Maryland … helped limit Northeastern to one shot on goal and three corner kicks … returned later in the weekend as part of OSU defense that limited Maryland's talented offense to four shots on goal … has appeared in 65 games during her college career, with 24 starts, a pair of goals and five assists (1G-2A in 18 GP as a freshman, 24 GP/1 GS in 2010, and 1G-3A in 19 starts as a junior … former standout at Worthington Kilboune High School and with the Ohio Premier club team.  

Jamie Simmons A 220

(UNC Greensboro ... G … Fr. … Houston, TX … #0)

..... Rookie netminder who rose to the challenge vs. cs360 #6 Wake Forest (1-0 win), saving all five shots she faced on a frantic day that included dealing with 23 total shots and an eye-popping 15 corner kicks from WFU … played key role in her team holding lead over final 56' – including pair of stops to thwart strong goalscoring chances for midfielder Kristen Meier rely in the second half (a stretching save on a point-plank shot, then a dive to push a far-post shot wide) … performed at a high level while facing Demon Deacons squad that returns most of its starting lineup from the 2011 NCAA semifinalist team … capped weekend with pair of saves in first half, while platooning in 7-0 win over UNC Asheville … opened her college career in impressive fashion one week earlier, totaling 14 saves before heartbreaking, double-overtime loss to Georgia (then #38 in the cs360 top-50) … played previously for Clear Brook High School and the Challenge SC club program.

Shelli Spamer A 220

(North Carolina State ... D ... So. … McMurray, PA ... #24)

..... Key member of defense that helped Wolf Pack post pair of quality road wins, at Texas (1-0) and cs360 #40 LSU (2-1) – NC State's first consecutive non-confrence road wins since the 2000 season … talented center back who played key role in limiting Texas to three shots on goal and three corner kicks (that tense game was scoreless through 83', with the NC State offense totaling only two shots on goal) … proven set-play specialist, with her two assists at LSU including one on a free-kick service that led directly to Cheyenne Spade's volley goal (52') … earlier had smacked a shot off the crossbar, setting up Shannon Colligan's tying rebound goal vs. the Tigers (38') … after stumbling on opening weekend (losses vs. Old Dominion and Cincinnati), the pair of wins could prove crucial for NC State team that will have to battle through ACC play in hopes of qualifying for the NCAAs (the 'Pack narrowly missed a spot in the 2011 NCAAs) … coming off a 2011 season in which she earned All-Freshman team honors from the deeply-talened ACC, after starting all 20 games with a couple goals and team-high four assists … product of Peters Township High School and the Century V United club program … her sister Nici played soccer at Slippery while her brother Bryan was a baseball player at the University of Pittsburgh (their dad also played college baseball, at Slippery Rock).

Erika Tymrak (Andy Mead photo)

*ERIKA TYMRAK  (Florida … M ... Sr. … Brandenton, FL … #17)
(photo by Andy Mead, for Univ. of Florida)

..... Lived up to her status as one of college soccer's top attacking midfielders during challenging pair of games at North Carolina's annual showcase tournament, as Gators played UNC (cs360 #12) to a scoreless draw before storming back from 2-0 deficit to beat #2 Duke (2011 NCAA runner-up) in a 3-2 overtime thriller … helped Florida quickly put disappointing week-1 loss to Miami in the rearview mirror … engaged in fierce midfield battle vs. Tar Heels that resulted in only six combined shots on goal during the tense 110-minute battle (in front of raucous 4,000-plus crowd) … she and her teammates, coming off the OT game vs. UNC, returned two days later vs. a Duke team that had rested several key players during parts of their Friday-night game vs. non-NCAA University of Montreal (which amounted to an exhibition) … the Blue Devils also returned numerous starters from the 2011 NCAA runner-up team, including all four veterans of a quality back line … showed her veteran savvy by foxing an own-goal that ultimately forced overtime (the third straight Duke/Florida OT Game), then cashed in give-and-go sequence with fellow senior McKenzie Barney for winning goal … alertly drilled ball from end line, waist-high, into crowded penalty area for tying own-goal (64'; deflected off back of a Duke player) … early in OT ('93), flared pass to Barney, raced into the box and redirected well-alced return pass for the 3-2 win … her 2011 All-America season included career-best 32 points (12G-8A), also earning first team all-SEC …. likewise a first team all-SEC performer and the SEC Tournament MVP in 2010 (6G-13A), after earning SEC all-freshman honors in '09 (5G-7A) ... one of top players on the 2008 U.S. Under-17 National Team (also trained with U-20 squad) ... prep All-American and rated as one of nation's top-10 incoming recruits in 2009, after starring for the elite IMG Academy soccer club (attended Edison Academic Center).

* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week