September 16, 2008

Soccer (Women's)

Women's Soccer Players of the Week (week ending September 14, 2008)

Division I

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Ashley Jones- Rutgers University
Sophomore, Forward, Feasterville, Pa.

Jones was instrumental in the Scarlet Knights' two victories this week scoring two goals; both of the gamewinning variety. In a 1-0 road victory at Ohio State, Jones scored in the 81st minute to shock the host Buckeyes. Two days later, the second-year striker tallied the only goal of the match in the 19th minute in Rutgers 1-0 win over Dayton.


Ahna Johnson- Fairfield University
Senior, Midfielder, Hamden, Conn.

The senior playmaker had nine points this week netting four goals and adding an assist for the Stags. Two of her goals were game-winners, one was a game-tying goal, and she had two multiple goal games. In a 3-2 victory over Yale, Johnson had five points.


Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Brenna Hogue- Brown University
Junior, Goalkeeper, Concord, Calif.

Hogue was unbeatable this past week stopping all 30 shots on goal as the Bears upset No. 11 Penn State, and tied No. 1 UCLA. Against the No. 11 Nittany Lions Hogue had a career-high 18 saves, including back-to-back breakaway stops. The following day against the top-ranked Bruins she faced a relentless UCLA attack as she had 12 saves, including seven in the second half and overtimes, as the Bears were outshot 34-7. For her efforts, Hogue was named the UConn Classic Most Valuable Player.

Dani Raske- Binghamton University
Sophomore, Defender, Riverdale N.J.

The second-year back scored Binghamton's first hat trick in program history in a 3-0 victory over Iona College. Raske also anchored the defense to its third straight shutout and has allowed only two goals in five games.


Division II


Offensive Player of the Week

Stephanie Anderson- Lincoln University
Freshman, Forward, Coatesville, Pa.

Anderson had an astonishing collegiate debut scoring a school-record five goals to lead Lincoln to a 6-2 win over Trinity University. Anderson added a hat trick in a 7-0 victory over Gallaudet later in the week, giving her the school's single season goal-scoring record just five games into her collegiate career.


Defensive Player of the Week

Shannon Murphy- College of Saint Rose
Junior, Goalkeeper, Charlton, Mass.

Murphy only allowed one goal this week in 135 minutes of play accounting for a 0.65 goals against average. In a 2-1 win over Southern Connecticut, the junior had three saves, and in only 45 minutes of play against SNHU, Murphy had two stops.


Division III - New England


Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Jess Tietgens- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Sophomore, Forward, Stamford, Vt.

Tietgens netted five goals this week, including an all-important hat trick in a 3-2 overtime victory over Elms College, and two in a 3-1 win over Mount Holyoke.


Courtney Chadburn- Castleton State College
Sophomore, Forward, North Clarendon, Vt.

In a 3-0 week for the Spartans, Chadburn scored eight goals including all three game-winners. Her week was highlighted by a four goal performance in a 7-0 win over University of Maine-Machias.


Defensive Player of the Week

Alison Bradley- University of Southern Maine
Senior, Goalkeeper, Auckland, New Zealand

In her first two matches of the young season, Bradley had 22 saves and a 1.00 goals against average. In a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to University of New England, Bradley was incredible stopping 17 shots (a conference high this season). In a 1-0 victory over Maine Maritime, Bradley had five more saves.


Division III - Upstate:


Offensive Player of the Week

Rachel Cushman- Nazareth College
Senior, Midfielder, Rochester, N.Y.

Cushman had five goals in two Nazareth victories this week, including a late gamewinning goal in a 2-1 win over Geneseo. Cushman also scored earlier in the game giving the Golden Flyers its first goal of the match. Later in the week, she added her first career hat trick in a 4-1 win over Brockport.


Defensive Player of the Week

Ashley Valenti- Rochester Institute of Technology
Freshman, Goalkeeper, Honeoye Falls, N.Y.

Valenti earned her first career win and shutout with a four save performance in a 4-0 RIT win over Liberty League foe Clarkson.


Division III - Metro


Offensive Player of the Week

Michelle Carrocino- Rowan University
Sophomore, Forward, Mickleton, N.J.

The second-year forward had 14 points this week leading the Profs to a 3-0 mark. She opened the week with multiple two goal, one assist performances in blowout wins over Valley Forge Christian, and Chestnut Hill. Later in the week, she added two more goals in a 7-0 win over Green Mountain College.


Defensive Player of the Week

Alex Rogers- Richard Stockton College
Senior, Goalkeeper, Medford, N.J.

Rogers led Stockton to two non-conference wins this week recording three saves in 90 minutes of shutout soccer in a road win at Ursinus. She concluded the week with four saves in 84 minutes of play in a 4-0 shutout of FDU-Florham. She currently ranks fifth in the NJAC in goals against average at 0.73.


Division III - South


Offensive Player of the Week

Danielle David- Franklin & Marshall College
Senior, Midfielder, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

David scored a natural hat trick in the Diplomats' come from behind win over Alvernia. The senior scored all three tallies in the second half to overcome an early 1-0 deficit.

Defensive Player of the Week

Lauren Auster-Gussman- Juniata College
Sophomore, Goalkeeper, Lancaster, PA

The sophomore net-minder was steady in net as Juniata won its only game of the week, improving to 4-0 on the season. Auster-Gussman made seven saves in a 2-0 shutout of Gettysburg College, extending her scoreless minutes streak to 225 minutes. The win was Juniata's first ever against a regionally-ranked opponent.