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Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 18:32:05 +0000 #1
Big East Women's Soccer postseason honours announced;

ND's Katie Thorlakson named Offensive Player of the Year

for second consecutive year

Nov. 3, 2005

Providence, R.I. - Notre Dame's Katie Thorlakson has earned Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year. Irish teammates Candace Chapman, Jen Buczkowski and Kerri Hanks have also earned postseason conference honors. Chapman has been named Defensive Player of the Year, Buczkowski has been selected as the Midfielder of the Year and Hanks has earned Rookie of the Year honors.

Thorlakson, a senior forward for the Irish, has been selected as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. As a member of the defending National Champions, the senior became the fifth Irish and 17th NCAA Division I player to reach 50 career goals and 50 career assists. During the regular season, Thorlakson led the league for BIG EAST games in assists (16) and assists per game (1.33). She leads the nation in assists and assists per game, and ranks in the top five in points per game (2.83).

For her efforts this season, Thorlakson was named the Soccer America Player of the Week (Oct. 10-17) when she posted two goals and five assists during ND wins over then-No. 17/10 Connecticut (4-0) and Providence (6-0). The 2004 Soccer America Player of the Year was named to the 2005 M.A.C Hermann Trophy Watch List.

Chapman has helped to propel No. 5 Notre Dame to a 17-2-0 record heading into the postseason. Chapman and the ND backline have held opponents to 0.63 goals per game, allowing 10 goals in 18 matches. The preseason All-BIG EAST selection has helped the Irish to 12 shutouts and allowed just 74 shots by opponents. She also ranks fourth in the conference for BIG EAST matches in assists with eight and fourth in assists per game with 0.44. The senior has recorded eight goals and 12 assists this season.

Chapman was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 17 when she recorded one goal and three assists during victories over Connecticut and Providence. She was one of three Irish players named to the M.A.C Hermann Trophy Watch List in August.

Offensive Player of the Year: Katie Thorlakson, Notre Dame, Sr., F

Defensive Player of the Year: Candace Chapman, Notre Dame, Sr., D

All-BIG EAST First Team

Elizabeth Eng, Connecticut, Fr., F

Meghan Schnur, Connecticut, So., M

Brittany Taylor, Connecticut, Fr., F

Julianne Sitch, DePaul, Sr., M/F

Jamie Craft, Lousiville, Jr., F

Jen Buczkowski, Notre Dame, Sr., M

Candace Chapman, Notre Dame, Sr., D

Kerri Hanks, Notre Dame, Fr., F

Katie Thorlakson, Notre Dame, Sr., F

Jillian Loyden, Villanova, Jr., GK

Marisa Kanela, West Virginia, Sr., M

All-BIG EAST Second Team

Niki Cross, Connecticut, So., F/M

Chrissy Skogan, Georgetown, Jr., M

Michelle Pitzl, Marquette, Jr., M

Julie Thompson, Marquette, Sr., F/M

Brittany Bock, Notre Dame, Fr., M

Christie Shaner, Notre Dame, Jr., D

Jamie Pelusi, Pittsburgh, Sr., GK

Holly Ryder, St. John's, Sr., M/F

Laura Koch, Villanova, Sr., D

Ashley Banks, West Virginia, So., F/M

Amanda Cicchini, West Virginia, Fr., M

All-BIG EAST Third Team

Jen Lee, DePaul, Jr., D

Shara McNeill, Georgetown, Sr., M

Monique Gjini, Louisville, So., M

Gina Lower, Lousiville, Sr., M

Meghan Connelly, Marquette, Fr., M

Erica Bohn, Notre Dame, Sr., Gk

Amanda Cinalli, Notre Dame, So., F

Lizzie Reed, Notre Dame, Jr., M/F

Zoe Avner, Rutgers, Sr., M

Lana Bannerman, West Virginia, Jr., GK

Kambria Riggins, West Virginia, Sr., D

Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 18:36:17 +0000 #2
Friday, November 04, 2005

Denoncourt Accepts Role with FIFA

Sonia Denoncourt

Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Soccer Association will be losing one of its most valuable resources in November.

FIFA has announced the hiring of former Canadian international referee Sonia Denoncourt, one of the most respected FIFA officials and certainly one of the best officials to ever represent Canada. Denoncourt is expected to assume her new role with FIFA in early December.

“This is a superb opportunity for Sonia and we certainly wish her the best in this new and exciting role,” said Andy Sharpe, President of the Canadian Soccer Association. “In this case, Canada loses one of its most prized resources but in turn, FIFA gains perhaps the most recognizable female officials in the game.”

Denoncourt will take over the newly formed ‘Women’s Referee Development’ program for soccer’s world governing body and will be based at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

“I feel extremely honored and fortunate to have been offered such a wonderful position at FIFA - it is a dream come true,” said Denoncourt. “Working with FIFA, the greatest sport organization in the World, represents such an honor and I am very grateful to get this lifetime opportunity.”

Prior to accepting the position with FIFA, Denoncourt was the Director of Referee Development for the Canadian Soccer Association since her hiring in April 2001.

Denoncourt is certainly no stranger to FIFA. The 41-year-old Sherbrooke native has been in the middle of some of the biggest games in Women’s soccer – the 2003 Women’s World Cup Semi-final between Germany and USA; the 2000 Olympic Final in Sydney, Australia as well as matches in the 1996 Atlanta Games, and the 1995 and 1999 Women’s World Cup.

She was also nominated as a FIFA Instructor in early January 2004 and has worked for FIFA as both a referee instructor and administrator at several major tournaments and events since that nomination.

“I wish to thank the Canadian Soccer Association for their unconditional support during my career, as well as the Quebec Soccer Federation which I grew up with. Soccer allowed me to make so many friends and I thank them all for their friendship. I hope that I have provided leadership, motivation, vision and inspiration, direction and support during my time at the CSA.”

Earlier this year, Denoncourt was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame – a year after she had been inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 18:59:08 +0000 #3
Huskers Advance to NCAA Second Round

Courtesy: NU Media Relations

Release: 11/11/2005

Junior forward Brittany Timko scored the game's only goal in Nebraska's 1-0 win over Creighton. Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Lincoln - Big 12 Player-of-the-Year Brittany Timko scored the game's only goal on a free kick early in the second half to power Nebraska past Creighton 1-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at the Nebraska Soccer Field on Friday afternoon. Timko's 11th goal of the season moved the Huskers into the second round where they will face Portland on Sunday at 1 p.m.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 14-7-1 on the year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive season. The victory was also the 200th in the 12-year history of the program and Coach John Walker's 200th career win as a head coach. Creighton ended its season with 12-6-3 mark.

Nebraska dominated play throughout the contest, outshooting the Bluejays 24-8 on the day. NU outshot Creighton 12-6 in the first half, but CU moved to the second half in a scoreless tie thanks to two Husker shots that hit the post, two more that hit the crossbar and three saves by Creighton goalkeeper Valerie Zimmerer. For the game, Nebraska attempted nine shots on goal, while holding CU to just three shots on goal, all in the first half.

Despite some unfortunate bounces in the first half, the Huskers continued to apply pressure and made the most of an early break in the second half when Timko laced a shot over the wall and over the head of Zimmerer to give NU the only goal of the game at 48:46. Timko, a junior from Coquitlam, British Columbia, peppered the Jay defense with seven shots for the game, including three shots on goal.

Creighton was never able to mount a consistent attack, as the Huskers dominated the shots 12-2 in the second half. NU also controlled the corner kick battle, attempting 13 corners on the day, while surrendering just two corner kicks to the Jays.

Zimmerer led Creighton with eight saves, including five in the second half, while NU goalkeeper Jamie Klages needed just three saves to post her sixth shutout of the season.

Canadians at Nebraska


Andrews, Sasha




Edmonton, Alberta, (Southern Methodist)


Dennis, Tanya D 5-6 Jr. Brampton, Ontario (St. Marguerite D'Youville)


Iacchelli, Selenia MF 5-9 Fr. Edmonton, Alberta, (St. Francis Xavier)


Jamani, Aysha F 5-3 Fr. Calgary, Alberta, (National Sport School)


Raber, Sari MF 5-6 So. Richmond, B.C. (Robert A McMath)


Timko, Brittany F 5-8 Jr. Coquitlam, B.C. (Centennial)
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:00:45 +0000 #4
Timko Highlights Huskers' Big 12 Honours

Courtesy: NU Media Relations

Release: 10/31/2005

Brittany Timko repeated as the Big 12 Player of the Year on Tuesday after winning the award in 2004 as well. Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Junior Brittany Timko became just the second player in league history to repeat as the Big 12 Soccer Player of the Year when she earned the nod for the second consecutive season, the league office announced Monday. Timko was also a first-team All-Big 12 selection and was joined on the squad by senior Sasha Andrews, another repeat selection. Freshman Aysha Jamani was named to the All-Big 12 second team, as well as earning Big 12 All-Newcomer Team honors.

Timko is only the second player to earn two Big 12 Player-of-the-Year honors and the first since former Husker Christine Latham claimed consecutive honors in 2000 and 2001.

Timko leads the team with nine goals, 18 assists and 36 points. Her 18 assists and seven game-winning assists are both single-season school records. In 2004, Timko became the first player in the 11-year history of Nebraska soccer to lead the team in both goals and assists and is on pace to repeat the feat in 2005. She ranks first in the Big 12 in assists and assists per game, and second in the nation in assists and third in assists per game. Timko also ranks second in the Big 12 in points and points per game and fifth in shots and shots per game.

Timko has recorded 19 points in her last six games, including having a hand in each of Nebraska’s last 10 goals and 13 of the Huskers’ last 15 goals. She was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 25 and was named Top Drawer’s Soccer National Player of the Week today.

Andrews has anchored the Huskers’ defense that has seen several key injuries. In addition to solidifying the backline, Andrews has been a big part of the offense, scoring six goals and adding one assist for a total of 13 points. Her six goals are tied with freshman Aysha Jamani for second on the team, and Andrews is one of just three players with at least 10 points for NU this season.

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Andrews leads the Huskers with four game-winning goals this season. She has set career highs in goals and points, while also adding two assists.

In her first season at Nebraska, Jamani has scored six goals and added three assists. Her 15 points rank second on the team to Timko’s 36. Jamani has not been shy in her first season, ranking second on the team in shots (45) and shots on goal (28). She is also tied with Timko for the team lead in multi-goal games with two.

All-Big 12 First Team

Kati Jo Spisak, GK, Texas A&M

Holly Gault, D, Kansas

Sasha Andrews, D, Nebraska

Kasey Mooroe, D, Texas

Fran Munnelly, MF, Colorado

Lauren MacIver, MF, Oklahoma

Laura Probst, MF, Texas A&M

Caroline Smith, F, Kansas

Brittany Timko, F, Nebraska

Ashlee Pistorius, F, Texas A&M

Melissa Garey, F, Texas A&M

Player of the Year: Brittany Timko, Nebraska

All-Big 12 Second Team

Joanna Haig, GK, Iowa State

Laura Munnelly, D, Colorado

Yolanda Odenyo, D, Oklahoma State

Stephanie Logterman, D, Texas

Allison Kidd, MF, Colorado

Elyse Nikonchuk, MF, Missouri

Caitlin Kennedy, MF, Texas

Katie Griffin, F, Colorado

Aysha Jamani, F, Nebraska

Jesyca Rosholt, F, Oklahoma State

Kelsey Carpenter, F, Texas

All-Big 12 Newcomer Team

Dianna Pfenninger, GK, Texas

Yolanda Odenyo, D, Oklahoma State

Kasey Moore, D, Texas

Stephanie Logterman, D, Texas

Missy Geha, MF, Kansas

Jessica Bush, MF, Kansas

Angelika Feldbacher, MF, Oklahoma State

Laura Grace Robinson, MF, Texas A&M

Nikki Keller, F, Colorado

Aysha Jamani, F, Nebraska

Jesyca Rosholt, F, Oklahoma State
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:00:47 +0000 #5
Sinclair up for top award

ST. LOUIS (CP) - Christine Sinclair, who won the U.S. college soccer award last year, and four other Canadians are up for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy.

The five are among 15 finalists for the award, which goes to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America player of the year in Division I competition.

The award is regarded as U.S. college soccer's version of the Heisman Trophy.

Sinclair, a senior from the University of Portland, is bidding to become only the third player to capture back-to-back Hermann Trophy awards. Mia Hamm (1992-93) and Cindy Parlow (1997-98), both of North Carolina, are the only others to achieve the feat.

The four other Canadians named finalists are: Katie Thorlakson of Langley, B.C., defender Candace Chapman of Ajax, Ont., (Notre Dame), Brittany Timko of Coquitlam, B.C., (Nebraska) and goalkeeper Erin McLeod of Vancouver (Penn State).

Sinclair, a native of Burnaby, B.C., who leads the Pilots and NCAA with 37 goals and 87 points, is also one of 24 women's players on the short list for FIFA's female player of the year.

Others in the running include last year's finalists: Heather O'Reilly of North Carolina; and Tiffany Weimer of Penn State.

The three finalists will be announced Dec. 9, with the winner to be named in St. Louis on Jan. 6.



Eligibility Position



Jen Buczkowski



Elk Grove, Ill.

Notre Dame

Lori Chalupny



St. Louis, Mo.

North Carolina

Candace Chapman



Ajax, Ontario

Notre Dame

Kerri Hanks



Allen, Texas

Notre Dame

Sarah Huffman



Flower Mound, Texas Virginia

Lindsey Huie



Mission Viejo, CA. Portland

Erin McLeod



Vancouver, B.C.

Penn State

Iris Mora



Cancun, Mexico


Heather O'Reilly



E. Brunswick, N.J. North Carolina

Jill Oakes



West Hills, Calif. UCLA

Christine Sinclair Sr.


Burnaby, B.C.


Lindsay Tarpley



Kalamazoo, Mich.

North Carolina

Katie Thorlakson



Langley, B.C.

Notre Dame

Brittany Timko



Coquitlam, B.C.


Tiffany Weimer



North Haven, Conn. Penn State
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:29:14 +0000 #6
Canadians key in women's soccer final four

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (CP) - Kara Lang of Oakville scored in the 73th minute, while Danesha Adams added four goals to lead the UCLA Bruins over the Virginia Cavaliers, 5-0, Friday in a quarter-final match at the NCAA women's soccer tournament.

With the win, the Bruins will play the Florida State Seminoles in one of two semifinal match-ups at the women's College Cup.

The women's College Cup final four, featuring UCLA versus Florida State and Penn State against the winner of Portland-Notre Dame, takes place Dec. 2-4 at College Station, Texas.

Lang and Adams terrorized the Cavaliers with the two recording eight shots each to account for all 16 of the Bruins' shots.

Lang's 16th goal of the season goal came on a through ball from midfielder Christina DiMartino. The Canadian national team midfielder received DiMartino's pass from the right flank and deposited it behind Virginia goalkeeper Christina de Vries to extend UCLA's lead to 4-0.

Lang finished the match with one goal on eight shots before being substituted in the 75th minute.

In an earlier quarter-final match goalkeeper Erin McLeod of Vancouver came up big in the second half to lead her Penn State Nittany Lions to a 2-1 victory over the Santa Clara Broncos.

The win gives Penn State University their third berth in the women's College Cup and a match-up with the winner of the Portland-Notre Dame quarter-final match that took place later Friday.

McLeod faced eight shots and made three saves, all in the second half, to keep PSU in the match then preserve the victory.

In the 76th minute, McLeod made a stellar diving stop to preserve the 1-1 tie at the time, blocking a shot by Santa Clara forward Tina Estrada, who had broken free in midfield and had a clear chance on goal.

Later, with 10 seconds left in the match, she made a diving stop on a shot to the left side of the goal by forward Elyse Shelger.

McLeod, who plays for the Canadian national team, also was a key on offence contributing to the tying goal.

She took a free kick off a yellow card and sent the ball to forward Tiffany Weimer. Weimer took it, turned, and lofted a soft touch pass over several defenders to midfielder Carmelina Moscato of Mississauga, Ont., who headed the ball toward the goal.

Several players from both teams scrambled for the ball before Santa Clara's Danielle Potts kicked it into her own net for an own goal in the 64th minute.

Moscato played 54 minutes before being substituted, while Canadian defender Holly Lincoln did not get into the game.

Three of the Canadian national team's top players were featured in the Portland-Notre Dame quarter-final match.

Record-breaking striker Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, B.C. led the University of Portland Pilots against Notre Dame featuring striker Katie Thorlakson of Langley, B.C. and defender Candace Chapman of Ajax, Ont.

The Pilots advanced to the College Cup with a 3-1 win Over the Irish.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 21:20:45 +0000 #7
Soccer player, 11, spotlighted

By MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

It has become the measure of greatness in young athletes.

You are called "Gretzky-like" and the heavy mantle of expectation is thrust on your shoulders.

Jim Bujouves has coached 11-year-old soccer player Chantale Campbell for three years.

"She has attributes which are Gretzky-like," he said. "I can only surmise from other coaches who have been on the soccer scene for 25, 30 years. At this age, she is the best female soccer player they've seen in 20, 25 years."

Bujouves has coached Chantale and her twin-sister Emilie for three years with the London City Flash.

They'll turn 12 in January. Chantale has been selected as one of the 25 members of the under-14 provincial soccer squad.

"For three years, she's played for teams that are two years ahead of her age (with London City)," said Bujouves. "But at the provincial level, it's unusual to allow an underage (one year younger) to be involved in the process. It's unheard of having a child two years younger make the provincial squad."

Dave Peak is the regional development coach for the Ontario Soccer Association under-13 boys' and girls' team. Peak handles practices for the provincial players in this area. Chantale practises with him twice a week.

"She is technically and mentally well beyond her age," said Peak. "You don't see that very often. She is at the level of someone who is much older."

Peak has been around a long time as a player and coach. Is she the best player he has seen?

"By far, by far," he said. "The best boy or girl at that age."

That's some heavy-duty praise considering the London area is producing many fine soccer players, especially in female soccer.

"It's a ton of pressure, so it has to be managed," said Bujouves. "That's what makes her unique. The parents have allowed Chantale to play at the level she is capable of playing. It has been her own initiative, not the initiative of her parents or others. There were many people who wanted to hold them back, but it was her desire to move down that path and she's handled it very well."

None of this seems to affect Chantale.

"I know I'm going to have bad days. But I feel great. It gives me a challenge and I get to meet other players. It helps me be a better player."

It's a highly competitive, physically demanding situation. Beside the two-a-week practices with Peak, Chantale is in Toronto every weekend for Saturday and Sunday practices with the provincial squad. That means a 4:30 a.m. wakeup one day and 6 a.m. the other.

"It doesn't bother me anymore," she said. "Before when I had to get up, I thought, 'I'm tired.' Now I'm used to it."

A number of factors make her a special package. She has played in an older group for a number of years and played a lot. She works hard at her game and the fact that her twin sister is a very good player as well has helped.

"She has great awareness of the game itself, a first touch with the ball that makes her so good," said Peak. "She finds space for herself and knows how to lose a marker (her defensive check). She is doing things that are years beyond her."

Those are intricacies of the game that often escape far older players.

"You've met people who have the intangibles. You can't explain what they have, but they have it," said Bujouves. "And she's a twin. I'm a twin and I know what a competitive environment will do for you."

Sister Emilie is no slouch as a player, either. She has worked her way onto the regional under-13 squad, playing a year ahead of her age group.

"They're competitive about everything," said father Terry. "They go outside and play volleyball, but they play volleyball with their feet. It's bah, bah, bah this and bah, bah, bah, bah that. 'You're cheating.' 'No. I'm not.' It's hysterical. They always try to get the edge on each other."

And with "Gretzky-like" potential, it's not surprising Chantale has Gretzky-like ambitions.

"I want to make the national team and play for Team Canada," she said.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 18:54:11 +0000 #8
NCAA FINAL FOUR: Canadians will be front and centre in College Station, Texas, for the NCAA Women's College Cup soccer final four.

Record-breaking striker Christine Sinclair (Burnaby, B.C.) and forward Elsa Hume (Victoria) lead Portland (22-0-1) against Penn State (23-0-1) whose roster includes Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod (Vancouver), midfielder-forward Carmelina Moscato (Mississauga, Ont.) and defender Holly Lincoln (Toronto).

In the other semifinal Friday, freshman Kara Lang (Oakville, Ont.) leads UCLA (21-1-2) against Florida State (20-3-1).

The final goes Sunday.



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