Iowa Center Back Melanie Pickert Honored As CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week for Second Week of Sept. 2014

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Release: 
Sept. 16, 2014      Contact: Pete LaFleur
 (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

IOWA'S MELANIE PICKERT SELECTED AS CS360 PRIMETIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior center back one of 13 players on week-4 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for Sept. 8-14.
 

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Editors Note – For those of us who have followed and promoted collegiate soccer for some time now, there always is one unique challenge: how best to publicize the players who truly impact the game for their teams, who perform with both consistency and clutch play, in a true "soccer" sense that more often than not cannot be defined on a stat sheet. This is not (American) football, basketball or baseball – it's not even volleyball, lacrosse, track and field or swimming, all of them sports where the stats and numbers often can tell a large chunk of the story.


Too often in the college soccer world, it's the goalscores and goalstoppers (i.e. 'keepers) who receive all the weekly glory. But, again as we all know, there is so much more that goes into a successful game for a player, and for a team. Not all goals are created equal, nor all are assists (many of which, unfortunately, continue to be credited inaccurately), or all saves. One has to take the time to watch the games, studies the reports of the games, talk to coaches and SIDs (even other coaches or fellow media members) … To truly appreciate collegiate soccer excellence, you have to invest that effort and receive the proper inputs and perspectives. It's about as inexact a science as you can have, but at the end of the day it provides more of a true insight into the players who are performing as great "soccer players" for their teams.


Along those lines, you quickly will notice that this latest edition of the CS360 Primetime Performers is overflowing with back-line honorees, defenders who typically toil in obscurity. Not surprisingly, almost each of them is a senior. More often than not, teams that produce consistent results over the course of a college soccer season exhibit one common ingredient: strong, veteran leadership in the defensive third.


Sorry for the digression with these side remarks … but here are the week-4 honorees: … 

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– Amidst a list of numerous honorees from the defensive third, University of Iowa senior center back Melanie Pickert (Canton, Mich.) has been selected for the top honor on the CS360 week-4 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com. Pickert is the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week and is joined by 12 others (listed below) on the 2014 week-4 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, covering games played from Sept. 8-14.


PICKERT 
– a four-year starting center back, alongside classmate Catie Brown – played a lead role at both ends of the field in Iowa's 2-0 win over CS360 #26 Illinois, as the Hawkeyes won their Big Ten opener for the first time since 2007 while defeating the Illini for the first time since 2008. The veteran defender scored on a free kick for a 1-0 lead vs. Illinois, marking the fourth goal already this season for the center back. Pickert combined with Brown and the rest of the Iowa defense to limit dangerous forward Jannelle Flaws to three shots (two on frame), with Illinois managing only four shots on goal as a team and four corner kicks. 


Three days later, Pickert helped post a 1-0 win over Northwestern (three shots on goal; two corners), which was coming off a 1-1 result at CS360 #40 Nebraska. As for Illinois – sparked by a pair of goals from Flaws, the Illini ended the weekend on an upswing with their 3-0 road win over that same Nebraska team.


Rickert's steady senior leadership has helped ease the transition to new Iowa head coach David DiIanni, a multi-time NCAA title-winning coach while building Grand Valley State into a Division II power.


Five of the 14 week-4 Primetime Performers hail from California hometowns, plus two each from Maryland and Michigan and one each from: Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts and Texas.  The 13 honorees include nine seniors (one of them a fifth-year), along with three freshmen and one sophomore (eight are defenders, two goalkeepers, two forwards and one a midfielder).


(Note: detailed info. on each honoree, and for week-2 and week-3,are being added to the respective releases, similar to week-1 – which is linked at the top of this page.)


Headshots of all 13 week-4 Honor Roll members are included in the right sidebar, while detailed player capsules (with action photos) are in the process of being featured at the bottom of this page. The listing immediately below includes a short synopsis for each honoree.

... 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 more 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 #4     Division I Women
(presented by 
CollegeSoccer360.com … for the week of Sept. 8-14)
        "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."


BIANCA CALDERONE  (Northeastern … D ... Sr. … Wellesley, MA … #7)
– Anchor of Huskies defense that limited cs360 #41 Boston Univ. (Patriot League favorite) to a pair of shots on goal and a lone corner kick, in addition to scoring the decisive goal in the 1-0 road win … also directed defense that again allowed only two shots on goal in 0-0 home game vs. UMass … set-piece specialist and threat to score on free kicks … leader of defense that has allowed only two goals all season, for team picked to finish third in CAA (won 2013 CAA tourney). 

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ELIZA DOLL  (Colgate … M ... Fr. … Bethesda, MD … #13)

– Impressive rookie addition to the Raiders central midfield, noted for her attacking presence and scrappy play, despite her slighter 5-3 frame … scored her first collegiate goal on impressive individual effort, late vs. Ivy League favorite Harvard for 1-0 road win (74') for 5-1-1 squad … earlier helped post quality home win over Syracuse, 1-0.

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LEIGH EDWARDS  (Texas A&M … D ...  Sr. … Cota de Caza, CA … #13) 
– Veteran presence at left back who played key role in pair of home wins vs. NCAA hopefuls Florida Gulf Coast (2-1; A-Sun Conf. favorites) & Marquette, 3-0 … scored on 25-yd shot for 2-0 lead vs. Marquette, while helping A&M defense allow only one shot on goal (and only one shot of any kind from her side of the field) … also helped limit FGCU's Tabby Tindell (21 goals in 25 career games) to no shots … converted from forward to the back line in 2013.

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MORGAN GLICK  (Stephen F. Austin … G ... Sr. … Boerne, TX … #28) 
– Battle-tested 'keeper who logged 110' without yielding a goal, in tense 0-0 battle at LSU … registered the impressive 10-save shutout despite being under siege for most of the game (LSU launched 26 total shots and a whopping 12 corner kicks) … received no goal support in that game from the SFA offense, which totaled only six shots on goal & four CKs.

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JAELENE HINKLE
  (Texas Tech … D ... Sr. … Denver, CO … #15) 
– One of college soccer's elite left backs who proved her worth in another big road win, as Red Raiders won 1-0 in final minute of second OT at cs360 #14 Cal … helped limit Bears to four shots on goal and four corner kicks over the 110' – ultimately setting the stage for fellow Colorado native Janine Beckie's header with 0:32 remaining (assisted by Alli Murphy's corner) … 4-yr. starter who also played key role in shutting down Abilene Christian (2-0; no SOG o4 CKs all.).

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MEGAN HINZ
  (Michigan … G ... Fr. … Eldersburg, MD … #00) 
Rookie who played well beyond her years while earning strong 
praise from her coaches, after keeping her team in both games of Big Ten opening weekend – allowing Wolverines to be in position for thrilling 2-1 wins over Minnesota (OT) and cs360 #10 Wisconsin (won on Ani Sarkisian's 89:59 goal) … made 11 saves (6 vs. WIS)–with high-end stops in both games–during the week while allowing only one goal in run-of-play & successfully defensing 18 corner kicks (12 by WIS).

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STACIE MORAN
  (San Diego State … D ... Fr. … Alta Loma, CA … #13) 
Freshman center back who impressively was 
tabbed the Defensive MVP at Portland Invitational that included quality 4-team field (with Washington and Miami), after playing central role in 2-1 win over the Huskies and the host Pilots … helped limit dangerous UW to no corner kicks thru 89' (one near end of game) while yielding only four shots on goal (10 total) by Portland, despite the presence of the usual electric home crowd at Merlo Field.

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MELANIE PICKERT
  (Iowa … D ... Sr. … Canton, MI … #22)   
CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week
– Four-year starting center back, alongside classmate Catie Brown, who played lead role at both ends in 2-0 win over cs360 #26 Illinois, as Iowa won Big Ten opener for first time since '07 (first win over Illini since '08) .. scored on free kick for 1-0 lead vs. Illinois (her 4th goal of the season) … combined with Brown and rest of defense to limit potent forward Jannelle Flaws to three shots (two on frame), with Illinois managing only four shots on goal and four corners … also helped post 1-0 win over Northwestern (3 SOG; 2 CK), which was coming off 1-1 result at cs360 #40 Nebraska … has helped ease transition to new head coach David DiIanni (multi-time NCAA title coach at D2 Grand Valley State).

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CLARISSA ROBLES
  (UC Irvine … D ... So. … Corona, CA … #11) 
Young right back who made impacts all over the field, including assists on all three UCI goals, as Anteaters posted 2-1 win over San Diego before tying cs360 #17 USC (1-1) … helped limit the pair of quality opponents to four combined shots on goal spanning 200' (two each), plus only seven opponent corner kicks (2 by USD) … provided free-kick assist for late equalizer vs. USC (75').

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KENDALL ROMINE
  (Stanford … D ... 5th-Yr. Sr.. … Cota de Caza, CA … #22) 
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Another veteran center back and one of a couple holdover starters from Stanford's 2011 NCAA title team … combined with sophomore Maddie Bauer to anchor defense that limited cs360 #6 Florida and A-10 favorite Dayton to three combined shots on goal (one by the Gators, who managed only eight total shots) and seven total corner kicks, during pair of shutout wins (1-0/OT; and 8-0) … converted PK vs. Flyers (her first goal since '11) and added long free-kick assist … part of stellar team defense for Stanford (6-0-1), only DI team (among 332) yet to allow a goal in 2014.

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RACHEL TEJADA
  (Illinois State … F ... Sr. … Troy, IL … #14) 
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Proven goalscorer (she entered 2014 as the leading active career goalscorer in DI women's soccer) who picked up her game with pair of two-goal efforts during the week, vs. Southeast Missouri (3-0) and NCAA hopeful Baylor (2-1, OT) … impressively has only 10 more career games played (69) than goals (59), sparked by breakout freshman season when she scored 21 … led MVC favorites to comeback win vs. the Bears, converting difficult equalizer plus header in OT.

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ELIZABETH TRESNAK
  (Morehead State … D ... Sr. … Royal Oak, MI … #13) 
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Yet another top veteran center back, coming off strong week anchoring back line for senior-laiden OVC favorites that allowed only five shots on goal spanning wins over Louisville (2-0; 3 SOG) and Wyoming (2-1; 2 SOG, 3 CKs) … part of defensive effort that impressively allowed only 15 total shots during the two games … the team's strong start to the 2014 season (5-1-2) includes the program's first win over in-state rival Louisville (0-11-0 previously).

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LYNN WILLIAMS
  (Pepperdine… F ... Sr. … Fresno, CA … #25) 

– Named to CS360 Primetime Honor Roll for second time in span of three weeks, after notching pair of gamewinning goals in rare eastern swing for the Waves: 2-0 at Xavier and 3-2 in overtime thriller at cs360 #32 Kentucky … scored potential GWG in 82nd minute at Kentucky and – after 'Cats shockingly tied it at '90 – she simply soared again, ending the game at 92' … earlier scored first goal in dominating win over Xavier … her 30 career goals include five in 2014, highlighted by late score to edge North Carolina, 1-0 (part of surging Pepperdine's 6-1-1 start to the season).


* – CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week (TBA)


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Bianca Calderone A280

BIANCA CALDERONE  
(Northeastern … D ... Sr. … Wellesley, MA … #7) 

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Eliza Doll A280ELIZA DOLL  (Colgate … M ... Fr. … Bethesda, MD … #13)

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Leigh Edwards A280

LEIGH EDWARDS  
(Texas A&M … D ...  Sr. … Cota de Caza, CA … #13) 

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Morgan Glick A280

MORGAN GLICK  
(Stephen F. Austin … G ... Sr. … Boerne, TX … #28) 

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Jaelene Hinkle A280

JAELENE HINKLE  
(Texas Tech … D ... Sr. … Denver, CO … #15) 


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Megan Hinz A280

MEGAN HINZ  
(Michigan … G ... Fr. … Eldersburg, MD … #00) 

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Stacie Moran A280

STACIE MORAN  
(San Diego State … D ... Fr. … Alta Loma, CA … #13) 

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Melanie Pickert A280

MELANIE PICKERT  
CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week
(Iowa … D ... Sr. … Canton, MI … #22) 

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Clarissa Robles A280

CLARISSA ROBLES  
(UC Irvine … D ... So. … Corona, CA … #11) 

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Kendall Romine A280

KENDALL ROMINE  
(Stanford … D ... 5th-Yr. Sr.. … Cota de Caza, CA … #22) 

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Rachel Tejada A280

RACHEL TEJADA  
(Illinois State … F ... Sr. … Troy, IL … #14) 

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Elizabeth Tresnak A280

ELIZABETH TRESNAK  
(Morehead State … D ... Sr. … Royal Oak, MI … #13) 


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Lynn Williams pass A280

LYNN WILLIAMS  
(Pepperdine… F ... Sr. … Fresno, CA … #25) 


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 editor@collegesoccer360.com