Penn State Midfielder Salina Williford: CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week for Final Week of Sept. 2014

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Release: 
Sept. 30, 2014  
Contact: Pete LaFleur 
 (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

PENN STATE'S SALINA WILLIFORD HONORED
AS CS360 PRIMETIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore midfielder one of 15 players on week-6 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for Sept. 22-28.


Penn State sophomore midfielder Salina Williford (Wayne, Pa.) is the CS360 National Primetime Performer of the Week for week-6 of the Division I women's soccer season, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com. Williford is joined by 14 others on the week-6 CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll.


WILLIFORD 
(pictured at right) – an emerging presence at attacking midfielder – recorded points in all three games last week, highlighted by scoring the late goal that delivered a 2-1 win over cs360 #17 Illinois, a result that could prove pivotal in determine the 2014 Big Ten Conference champion. Williford helped Penn State amass a 53-17 shot edge during the week (plus 28-14 in shots on goal; 14-6 in corner kicks).


The surging sophomore score the game winner in the key game vs. Illinois 20 minutes after Illini ace forward had tied the game. Williford took a pass from Megan Schafer, dribbled away from pressure and converted a leftfooted shot into the near side of the goal from close range (84'). Earlier in the week, she cashed in a late breakaway (80') for a 3-1 lead in PSU's 4-1 win over Northwestern. Williford also assisted on Mallory Weber's goal that opened the scoring in midweek rout versus Bucknell.


As a freshman in 2013, Williford filled a team need by starting on the back line but she has returned to her natural attacking midfield role, a position held down in recent seasons by standouts Christine Nairn and Taylor Schram, from 2009-13.


The 15 week-6 Primetime Performers include two each who hail from hometowns in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Utah, plus one each from: Arizona, British Columbia, Ireland, Minnesota, the Netherlands, Ohio and Washington. The 15 honorees include six seniors, five juniors, three freshmen and one sophomore (six are forwards, plus four midfielders, three defenders, one goalkeepers and a versatile veteran who logged key minutes at both forward and defense).


(Note: we still hope to add detailed info. on each honoree, and for weeks 2-5, to the respective releases, similar to week-1 – which is linked at the top of this page.)


Headshots of all 15 week-6 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 #6    Division I Women
(presented by 
CollegeSoccer360.com … for the week of Sept. 22-28)
        "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."


NICOLE BAXTER  (William & Mary … M ... Jr. … Pennington, NJ … #5)
– Registered primary assists on first two goals while directing Tribe's domination in possession (22-7 shot edge, 7-2 on goal), as W&M routed Colonial Athletic Association favorite Hofstra, 4-0 … provided corner-kick assist to Clara Logsdon (35') and lead pass that set up Samantha Cordum's goal (64') … the win could prove crucial to the Tribe's NCAA hopes, as the regular-season champs hosts the CAA tournament … two days earlier, played central role in game-long midfield battle vs. fellow CAA contender Northeastern, which won 1-0 after an 80th-minute corner-kick scramble.

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MEGAN CAMPBELL  (Florida State … D ... Sr. … Louth, Ireland … #6)

– Multiple-dimensional left back who impacted the action on several levels, as FSU backed up 6-0 dismantling of   Louisville with 1-0 win in showdown with cs360 #4 Virginia … helped limit UVa to 4 shots on goal (none by 2013 Hermann Trophy recipient Morgan Brian) … also proved to be a regular threat with her trademark long throw-ins that often pose more of a danger than corner kicks … opened scoring vs. Louisville with impressive 20-yd strike, a one-timer to lower-right corner … key part of team defense that shut down UofL to the tune of one shot (off frame) and three CKs.
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MARIAH ELMER
  (Utah … F ... Fr. … West Haven, UT … #30)

– Accomplished something that no player had done in 2014: score against Stanford's veteran back line and elite 'keeper Jane Campbell, as Utes claimed 1-1 result to remain unbeaten (7-0-3) … scored early in second half, after collecting bouncer outside top of box, splitting the back line and sliding leftfooted shot from left side under charging Campbell.
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CALI FARQUHARSON
  (Arizona State … F ... Jr. … Phoenix, AZ … #17)

– Another top forward whose team played only one game last week in the Pac-12 – but it was a big one, as ASU tied top-ranked UCLA (1-1) for big boost to NCAA resume (ASU narrowly missed 2013 NCAAs) … ran onto perfect driven thru-ball from freshman Aly Moon and beat ace 'keeper Katelyn Rowland, with deft final move to the left, to open scoring ('49) on her ninth goal of the season and the 29th of her three-year career.

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ABBIE FLANDRO
  (Southern Utah … M ... Fr. … Bountiful, UT … #27)

– Rookie midfielder who played key role in big opening weekend for Thunderbirds (picked to finish 8th in the Big Sky), with a 2-1 win over Sacramento State followed by huge 2-0 victory over conf. favorite Portland State (SUU's first wins ever over either opponent) … opened scoring vs. Portland State, after taking entry pass from Logan Harker and scoring into the left side of the goal (21') … helped SUU win bulk of the possession battle while outshooting both opponents.

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CHELSEA HANEY  (Youngstown State … F ... Sr. … Hopewell, PA … #3)

– Player from yet another team projected to finish low that knocked off league favorite, after factoring into three of four goals in big opening week that included 3-2, double-OT win over Horizon League favorite Milwaukee, plus a 1-1 result vs. Wright State (WSU was tabbed to finish 3rd in the conf., YSU 6th) … provided primary assist on Abby Kenski's goal for 1-1 final vs. Wright St. ... tracked cross from Kathy Baquero and beat 'keeper to ball, scoring for 1-1 vs. Milwaukee (56') … early in 2nd OT, collected teammate's saved shot and slid pass to Baquero to give Penquins the huge upset (101').

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MALLORY ILLSLEY
  (Canisius … F ... Sr. … Binghamton, NY … #27)

– Veteran frontrunner who assisted on Sabrina Fitzgerald's early goal (4'), then scored the game's final goal (53'), as the Griffins shocked Metro Atlantic (MAAC) favorite Monmouth, 3-2 … Canisius – which tied for 9th out of 11 teams in the preseason conf. poll – entered the game 1-9 with only three goals scored all season … made well-timed run before calmly converting breakaway for clutch game winner (53'; assisted by Taylor Kugler and Brigid St. Leger).

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MEGAN McCABE
  (Eastern Michigan … G ... Jr. … Arlington Heights, OH … #0)

– Stopped 17 of 18 shots she faced, during busy weekend that included 38 total shots and 12 corner kicks by the opposition, while leading EMU to crucial 2-0 win at cs360 #47 Miami (Ohio) and 2-1 OT victory over Ball State (EMU, Miami & WMU are the top contenders for the 2014 Mid-America Conference title) … made nine save in the key win over the Redhawks, a pressure-packed game that was 0-0/1-0 until the final minute … her eight saves kept EMU in the game vs. BSU, setting the stage for OT victory (Cardinals, who had 23 total shots & 7 CKs, were shut out over the final 87').

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SHADE PRATT
  (Maryland … F/D ... Sr. … Rosmount, MN … #22)

– Versatile veteran who excelled at both ends, as league newcomer Terps embarked on their first Big Ten road trip and nearly registered points in both games (1-0 win at cs360 #29 Iowa; 4-3 OT loss at Nebraska, the defending conference tournament champs) … scored in both games, including quality strike to the far-right post at Iowa ('17), after receiving leftside cross from Riley Barger and shaking past top defender Melanie Pickert … spent rest of that game shadowing Iowa's dangerous top scorer Cloe Lacasse, who managed only three shots (none on goal) … scored late equalizer (3-3) at Nebraska, after snagging loose ball and blasting left side near-post knuckler that caught 'keeper guessing wrong way.

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MADELINE RACINE
  (Seattle … D ... Fr. … Sammamish, WA … #13)

– Rookie right back on young Seattle squad (10 freshmen) who helped deliver pair of key results: 1-1 vs. cs360 #43 and perennial northwest power Portland, followed by 2-1 win over Utah Valley (picked 2nd in the WAC, behind Seattle) … provided primary assists on goals in each game, including long-ball to Natasha Howe for lead vs. the Pilots (55') … later assisted on Taylor Ritsman's goal that tied UVU game early second half, a result that likely will help Redhawks earn the WAC #1 seed (Seattle is the WAC tournament host this year).

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BRIANNE REED
  (Rutgers … D ... Jr. … Tinton Falls, NJ … #22)

– Combined with fellow center back Erica Skroski to anchor defense that yielded only one goal, as Big Ten newcomer RU returned from its first extended league road trip with four points: 1-1 at Nebraska (2013 Big Ten tournament champs) and 1-0 at c360 #29 Iowa, which had started 8-1 (3-0 conf.) … played all 200 minutes during the trip while also scoring her second career goal, converting on an 18-yard shot to the far post off a corner-kick sequence (15') … helped limit both opponents to three shots on goal, with Iowa earning only four corner kicks.

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KARIN SIMONIAN
  (Notre Dame … F ... Sr. … Westbury, NY … #15)
– Factored into goals during both games of key roadtrip, for Irish team searching for clutch offensive play over the past two seasons … stole ball on left side and lofted cross with her off-foot (left), connecting with Anna Gilbertson for 1-0 lead (62') in 2-0 win at cs360 #3 Virginia Tech, which started 10-0 with a 38-3 scoring edge (ND lost two 1-goal games at VT in 2013) … scored early (6') in 1-0 win at Wake Forest (on fringe of top-50) … took short free-kick from Brittany Von Ruden, made run into box and scored to right corner (she and teammates called the unique play to counter WFU wall) … delivered goal despite Irish playing with only 10, minus top offensive threat Morgan Andrews (briefly sidelined).

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MARUSCHKA WALDUS
  (Alabama … DM ... Sr. … Heerenveen, Netherlands … #4)

– Late addition from the Netherlands who has made quick impact in the defensive third but also offensively – including corner-kick header goal 42 seconds into 2nd OT for historic 1-0 win at cs360 #41 Tennessee (assisted by fellow Dutch player Merel Van Dongen) … it was the Tide's first win at Tennessee in eight tries (Alabama has back-to-back wins over Lady Vols for first time since '98) … helped post pair of pressure-packed, 1-0 wins (also at Vanderbilt), as Tide registered back-to-back road shutouts in SEC play for first time in program history … helped limit Tennessee elite forward Hannah Wilkinson (2012 Olympian with New Zealand) without a shot while shutting out Vanderbilt's dangerous young forwards.

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*SALINA WILLIFORD
  (Penn State … M ... So. … Wayne, PA … #20)

– Emerging presence at attacking midfielder, recording points in all three games last week, highlighted by scoring late goal that delivered 2-1 win over cs360 #17 Illinois … helped PSU amass a 53-17 shot edge during the week (28-14 shots on goal; 14-6 corner kicks) … scored gamewinner 20 minutes after Illinois ace forward had tied the game … took pass from Megan Schafer, dribbled away from pressure and converted leftfooted shot into the near side from close range (84') … earlier cashed in late breakaway (80') for 3-1 lead in 4-1 win over Northwestern … assisted on Mallory Weber's goal that opened the scoring in midweek rout vs. Bucknell … filled a team need by starting on the back line in 2013 but has returned to her natural attacking midfield role, as did standouts Christine Nairn and Taylor Schram from 2009-13.

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ELISE WYATT
  (DePaul… F ... Jr. … Victoria, B.C. … #7)

– Delivered two more clutch goals, as Blue Demons played to a 3-3 final vs. cs360 #25 Georgetown, in a game that still felt like a win for unbeaten DePaul team (9-0-2) that now could contend for BIG EAST title … tied game on shot into left side of net (18'; assisted bu Abby Reed) and later pushed lead to 3-1 after hitting the lower-right corner (57'; with assists from Reed and Ann Greik … also helped avoid Sunday letdown, in 2-1 win over Providence.


* CS360 Primetime Player of the Week


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Nicole Baxter A280

NICOLE BAXTER  
(William & Mary … M ... Jr. … Pennington, NJ … #5) 

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Megan Campbell A280

MEGAN CAMPBELL  
(Florida State … D ... Sr. … Louth, Ireland … #6) 


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Mariah Elmer A280

MARIAH ELMER  
(Utah … F ... Fr. … West Haven, UT … #30) 


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Kali Farquharson A280

CALI FARQUHARSON  
(Arizona State … F ... Jr. … Phoenix, AZ … #17) 


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Abbie Flandro A280

ABBIE FLANDRO  
(Southern Utah … M ... Fr. … Bountiful, UT … #27) 


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Chelsea Haney A280

CHELSEA HANEY 
(Youngstown State … F ... Sr. … Hopewell, PA … #3) 


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Mallory Illsley A280

MALLORY ILLSLEY  (Canisius … F ... Sr. … Binghamton, NY … #27) 


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Megan McCabe crop

MEGAN McCABE  
(Eastern Michigan … G …
Arlington Heights, OH … #0) 


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Shade Pratt A280

SHADE PRATT  
(Maryland … F/D ... Sr. … Rosmount, MN … #22) 


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Madeline Racine A280

MADELINE RACINE  
(Seattle … D ... Fr. … Sammamish, WA … #13) 


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Brianne Reed A280

BRIANNE REED  (Rutgers … D ... Jr. … Tinton Falls, NJ … #22)


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Karin Simonian A280

KARIN SIMONIAN  
(Notre Dame … F ... Sr. … Westbury, NY … #15) 


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MARUSCHKA WALDUS  
(Alabama … DM ... Sr. … Heerenveen, Netherlands … #4) 

 
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SALINA WILLIFORD
CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week  
(Penn State … M ... So. … Wayne, PA … #20) 


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ELISE WYATT  
(DePaul… F ... Jr.
Victoria, B.C. … #7) 


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 editor@collegesoccer360.com