Wednesday, September 12, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. –
A trio of W-League standouts was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week
, including 2012 All-Western Conference forward Jenna Richardson of the Vancouver Whitecaps, who scored twice to help Oregon State to a pair of wins this past week.
Also on the TDS Team of the Week is Virginia Tech goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts, who starred for the Colorado Rush in 2012. Colpitts posted shutouts against Illinois and UMass to earn the weekly honor. North Carolina’s Amber Brooks, a member of the New Jersey Wildcats in 2012, was included on the defense after scoring twice and leading the back line in a pair of non-conference wins. The trio leads the list of W-League players honored for their college performances last week.
2011 All-Eastern Conference forward Danielle Schulmann of the North Jersey Valkyries earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week
honors after totaling 11 points, including four goals, in a 2-0-0 week for the University of Connecticut. The senior had seven points, including three goals, in a 4-1 win against Central Connecticut State. She leads the Big East with 20 points.
A pair of 2011 Santa Clarita Blue Heat teammates swept the Big West weekly honors
, as Cal State Fullerton senior Ann Marie Tangorra and Cal State Northridge senior Cynthia Jacobo captured the Big West Women’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards, respectively. Tangorra, who spent 2012 with the Pali Blues, scored at top-ranked Florida State and added the winner in a 1-0 victory against Creighton.
Jacobo, the 2011 W-League Goalkeeper of the Year, posted career bests in saves in back-to-back matches. Against No. 22 Tennessee, Jacobo made 11 stops as CSUN battled to a 0-0 tie, and she bettered that showing with a career-best 15 saves in a 1-1 tie against USC two days later.
Toronto Lady Lynx midfielder Nicole Waters was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week
after tallying her second goal of the season and first collegiate assist, helping to lead the Flyers to a 2-0 weekend against Harvard and Northeastern. The midfielder’s assist set up the game-winner for teammate Juliana Libertin (Cleveland Internationals alum) in a 3-1 win against Harvard, the Crimson’s first loss of the season. Waters wasn’t the only Lady Lynx standout honored, as Ohio State’s Tiffany Cameron was tabbed as Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week
after she tallied three goals, including both game-winners, in victories against No. 13 Missouri and Duquesne.
Yet another member of the Lady Lynx had a standout week, with Ohio University’s Cathryn Rogers named MAC Offensive Player of the Week
. Rogers scored the game-winning goal against Niagra and provided the assist on a teammate’s game-winner vs. Cleveland State.
Colorado Rush defensive stalwart Samantha Harder, named WAC Defensive Player of the Week
, anchored a Denver University defense that allowed one goal against previously-unbeaten Colorado and shut out UC Irvine. Harder also scored the opening goal of the weekend on a 28-yard free kick. A DU Invitational All-Tournament Team selection, Harder is the only player to play all 650 minutes for the Pioneers this season.
Midfielder Diamond Simpson, who has played the past two seasons with the Hamilton FC Rage, was selected as Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week
after she netted the winner in Memphis’ 2-1 double-overtime win against intrastate foe Vanderbilt Thursday.
The Colonial Athletic Association named Northern Virginia Majestics midfielder Amber Cook as its Player of the Week
after she recorded a hat trick and also had an assist in Old Dominion’s 6-1 victory against VMI on Sunday. The junior midfielder broke a 1-1 tie with her first goal in the 47th minute and then scored twice in a 33-second span later in the half to put the contest away.
Finally, Samford senior forward Kaley Blanton, a 2012 member of the Charlotte Lady Eagles, was named SoCon Player of the Week
after she scored three of Samford’s four goals last week to lead the Bulldogs to the title at the Cardinal Classic hosted by the University of Louisville. Samford knocked off Toledo 1-0 and Kentucky 3-1 to earn the title.