MAC Announces Women’s Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 10/22/2012

Offensive Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Cathryn Rogers, Ohio University, Midfielder
Senior, Etobicoke, Ontario (Silverthorn Collegiate Institute)

Cathryn had a fantastic week for Ohio Soccer, scoring both of the Bobcats’ goals in a very important weekend of conference matches. The senior scored her sixth goal of the season and the 12th of her career in a 2-1 loss to Toledo on Friday night, putting the Bobcats back in the match in the 27th minute after trailing 2-0 early. Rogers played 81 minutes in the match. 
She then scored the game-winning goal in a crucial 1-0 victory over Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon. The native of Etobicoke, Ontario, fired a tremendous shot from 30 yards out past Amy Carr to give Ohio the win. The goal was Rogers’ seventh of the season and 13th of her Ohio career, tying her for ninth place all-time in Ohio Soccer history. 
Rogers played 79 minutes in Ohio’s midfield during Sunday’s win, playing a vital role in a victory which kept Ohio’s Mid-American Conference Tournament hopes alive. The senior continues to lead by example on and off the field during her final season as a Bobcat. 

Defensive Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Courtney Zanotti, Miami, Center back
Sophomore,  North Royalton, Ohio (Lutheran West)
Sophomore Courtney Zanotti anchored Miami’s defense over the weekend as the RedHawks won two games to clinch the MAC regular-season title for the second time in program history while remaining perfect in MAC play. Friday at CMU, she helped Miami pitch a shutout, playing 84 minutes in the double-overtime victory, as the RedHawks won 1-0 to snap CMU’s 38-game home unbeaten streak dating back to 2008. Despite cold, rainy and even dark conditions, Zanotti and the defense earned their ninth shutout of the season, one shy of the school record, as CMU was held to seven shots on goal. Sunday vs. BGSU, she started and played 66 minutes, anchoring the backfield as Miami allowed just one goal and rallied for a 3-1 win. She helped limit the Falcons to just five shots on goal.

 

Other Nominees:

Defensive


Amber Kern, Akron, MF/D
Junior Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Coffman HS)
Kern played all 110 minutes in Akron's 1-1 draw with Western Michigan on Friday and all 106 minutes on Sunday against Eastern Michigan. Kern has started all 17 games on the season for the Zips in central defense or defensive midfield. She has helped the UA defense notch three shutouts, while also contributing a goal and two assists. Kern has logged the minutes of any Akron player on the pitch this season playing 1510 minutes out of a possible 1577.

Skylar Chew, Ball State, Defender
Senior, Mason, Ohio (Mason)
Chew scored a dramatic, game-winning goal over the weekend and also helped to anchor another strong effort by the Ball State back line. After 109 minutes of scoreless play Friday against Bowling Green, Chew found the back of the net with just 35 seconds remaining to give Ball State a 1-0, double-overtime victory. The win locked the Cardinals into the MAC Tournament. Chew led a Ball State defensive effort that allowed only two goals in two games and 199 minutes of action over the weekend. The Cardinals’ Friday shutout of Bowling Green was their fourth shutout in five games.
 
Ainsley Wheldon, Buffalo, Goalkeeper 
Junior, Waterloo, Ontario (Bluevale Collegiate Institute)
Ainsley Wheldon earned her fourth shutout of the season in a critical game Sunday afternoon, making seven saves in a 1-0 win over Western Michigan. The junior Canuck made four big saves within the first 20 minutes of play and was able to keep the Broncos from even generating quality opportunities due to her aggressive play charging out on balls. The win follows up a frustrating loss on Friday where she also made seven stops against Eastern Michigan, but the lone goal allowed was scored off a rebound in the box. The win keeps the team's chance at a MAC tournament berth alive as the Bulls look to make the playoffs for a second straight season.
 
Jenna Underwood, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Goodrich, Mich. (Goodrich)
Jenna Underwood continues to impress in goal in her first season at BGSU.  She shattered her previous career high with a total of 12 saves on Friday at Ball State, then matched that total with 12 more stops on Sunday at Miami.   Her save total on Friday nearly doubled her previous high of seven saves in a game, set last weekend.  It was the highest by a BGSU player in over four years, and was just one shy of matching the school record for saves in a conference game.  Many of her 12 stops at BSU were of the spectacular variety, and she kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard until the 110th minute of that double-overtime match.  On Sunday at MAC-leading Miami, Underwood again made 12 saves, keeping the RedHawks scoreless until the 71st minute of the match.  Underwood had 24 saves, a goals-against average of 1.81 and a saves percentage of .857 on the weekend.  She has a total of 31 saves in her last three full matches.  Underwood has 64 saves and a 1.73 GAA on the season, and has a 1.61 GAA and a .775 save pct. in MAC games. 
 
Stefanie Turner, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior Livonia, Mich. (Livonia Churchill HS)
Turner's 10-save weekend helped the Chippewas claim at least a share of the MAC West Division title and put the 2012 CMU senior class in a tie with the 2011 class as the winningest in CMU program history with 60 victories. Despite falling in double overtime, 1-0, to Miami on Friday, Turner and the CMU defense held the Redhawks, who entered the day as the fifth-best scoring offense in NCAA Division I at 2.81 goals per game, well below their average offensive output for more than 100 minutes, making five saves along the way. Turner recorded her eighth shutout of the season in Sunday's 2-0 win at Ball State, again making five saves.
 
Emily Dzik, Eastern Michigan, Defender 
Sophomore, Troy, Mich. (Troy)
Dzik recorded her first two points of the 2012 season by scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime against the Zips on Sunday to steal a 2-1 victory on the road. It was the 106th minute when teammate Cara Cutaia launched a corner kick into the box where Dzik was waiting. Her header bounced past the Akron goaltender and clinched home-field advantage for an Eagles' squad which failed to qualify for the MAC tournament just a season ago. In addition, Dzik played a major role in holding the Zips to just four shots on goal for the game.
 
Hannah Newhouse, Kent State, Defender 
Senior, Strongsville, Ohio (Laurel)  
Newhouse assisted on Kent State's first goal in their 2-1 win over Toledo Oct. 21, her second assist in MAC play this season; her effort both on the attack and anchoring the defense helped Kent State notch their first victory over Toledo since the 2006 season, halting a five-game losing streak to the Rockets. Newhouse, who is the only player on the roster to have played every minute this season, helped hold Toledo to just three shots on goal. For the week, Newhouse and the Kent State defense gave up just five shots on goal.
 
Lauren Eberts, Northern Illinois, Defender
Senior, Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North)
Senior Lauren Eberts appeared in all 180 minutes for the Huskies this weekend in the backline, aiding in Northern Illinois 1-0 shutout over then No. 3 Kent State. The clean sheet was the Huskies sixth of the season and the most for NIU since 2008 when the team racked up eight.
 
Mattie Liston, Ohio University, Goalkeeper
Junior, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori HS of University Circle)
Mattie had a strong weekend for Ohio Soccer, only allowing two goals in crucial conference matches against Mid-American Conference foes Toledo and Northern Illinois. The junior goalkeeper made nine saves in a close 2-1 loss to Toledo, coming off her line on multiple occasions to prevent additional dangerous Rocket offensive chances. 
Liston then stopped four shots en route to earning her sixth shutout of the season (and 16th of her career) in a vital 1-0 win over Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon. The junior shut down multiple offensive opportunities by the Huskies and paced her team to a win in a match which was crucial for its chances to qualify for the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament. 
Liston is only 11 saves away from becoming Ohio’s all-time leader in goalkeeper saves with 285. 
 
Natalia Gaitan, Toledo 
Senior, Bogota, Colombia (Colegia Nuevo Columbo Americano)
Senior Natalia Gaitan have been the leader of the Toledo defense each of the last four seasons and helped the Midnight Blue & Gold post a 2-1 victory at Ohio on Friday to secure a berth in the MAC Tournament. Gaitan and the Rockets have been a steady group since league play began, giving up one goal or less in seven of the 10 conference matches. Offensively, Gaitan scored her fourth goal of the season at Kent State on Sunday, converting a penalty kick in the 59th minute. She currently ranks second on the team in goals and total points (8).
 
Offensive: 

Kelly DeNiro, Akron, MF
Junior, Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Watterson HS) 
DeNiro had a hand in both Akron goals this weekend. On Friday against Western Michigan, she assisted Karina Atkinson's equalizing score in the 41st minute. With that assist, DeNiro moved into a tie for first place in Akron women's soccer history with 11 career assists. On Sunday, she scored the opening goal of the game in the 73rd minute against Eastern Michigan off a cross from Katie Wise. DeNiro is second in scoring for the Zips this season with 12 points on four goals and four assists. In addition, she is now tied for seventh on Akron's all-time points list with 25 (7 goals, 11 assists).

Autumn Hawkins, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Senior, Bloomington, Ind. (Bloomington HS)
Hawkins scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 shutout at Ball State that clinched at least a share of the MAC West Division title and tied the 2012 CMU senior class as the winningest in CMU program history with 60 wins. She buried a header in the upper part of the goal in the 56th minute that put the Chippewas ahead, 1-0. The goal is her third of the season, tying her previous single-season career high from 2011.
 
Stephanie Velez, Buffalo, Forward 
Senior, Mamaroneck, NY (Mamaroneck)
Velez resurrected the team's season with a goal in the 86th minute Sunday to help Buffalo beat Western Michigan 1-0. The senior forward came in off the bench in the second half and stepped up to take a direct free kick from just past the 18 yard box, straight on. She beat the Broncos' five-player wall and tucked her shot in the lower left corner to give the team a late lead which it would not relinquish. The win keeps UB's hopes for a MAC tournament berth alive, and effectively eliminated Western from playoff contention.
 
Cara Cutaia, Eastern Michigan, Midfielder 
Junior, Burlington, Ontario (Notre Dame Catholic)
Cutaia played an integral part in EMU's thrilling 2-1 double-overtime victory over Akron on Sunday to clinch home-field advantage in the MAC Quarterfinal. The junior scored her sixth goal of the 2012 season with four minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game, 1-1. Then in overtime, she played a perfect corner kick into the box, where teammate Emily Dzik headed the ball into the goal. Cutaia's assist on that goal marked her team-leading 20th point of the season and the third occasion on which she tallied at least three points in a game. 
 
Madison Helterbran, Kent State, Midfielder
Freshman, North Canton, Ohio (Hoover)
For the second time in four games, freshman midfielder Madison Helterbran scored a game-winning goal with her header in the 83rd minute against Toledo Oct. 21. Kent State's win over Toledo was their first since the 2006 season, halting a five-game losing streak to the Rockets.
 
Kate Wirthlin, Northern Illinois, Midfielder 
Freshman, Mequon, Wis. (Homestead)
Freshman midfielder Kate Wirthlin provided a huge for the Huskies off the bench Friday at Kent State, scoring NIU's match-winning goal in the 71st minute to defeat the Golden Flashes, 1-0. With Wirthlin on the field for less than three minutes, the Huskies found themselves on a break offensively. With freshman Nicole Gobbo in control of the ball and several Huskies marked in the box, Gobbo found a wide open Wirthlin who fired the ball into the right side of the net for her second goal of the season.
 
Jess Kodiak, Miami, Forward
Senior, Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North HS)
Senior Jess Kodiak led Miami to another 2-0 weekend as the team captain helped the RedHawks clinch the MAC regular-season title outright with the wins for the program’s second MAC regular-season title. Friday at Central Michigan, Kodiak fired two shots and showed strong leadership as Miami topped the Chippewas in tough conditions, 1-0, in double overtime to snap CMU’s 38-game home unbeaten streak dating back to 2008. Sunday against Bowling Green, Kodiak led a furious Miami comeback in the final 20 minutes of the game, as she had a hand in all three goals Miami scored to erase a 1-0 deficit and beat BGSU 3-1. She scored the first two goals for the ‘Hawks just three minutes apart in the 71st and 74th minutes to quickly give Miami a 2-1 lead, scoring both goals on rebounds with the second goal the game-winner. She then assisted on Miami’s final goal in the 85th minute that sealed the victory, sending in a perfect corner kick that was headed in for a goal. It was her fifth career multi-goal game, with the two goals tying a career high, and third this year, while the five-point match tied a season high.
 
Rachel MacLeod, Toledo 
Junior, Westerville, OH (Central H.S.)
Junior Rachel MacLeod tallied her first multi-goal effort of the season and fourth in her collegiate career to help the Midnight Blue & Gold register its sixth straight triumph versus Ohio, 2-1, on Friday. MacLeod wasted little time in setting the tone in Friday’s cross-division matchup, opening the scoring at the 9:57 mark. Off a corner kick, the ball was bouncing around the box and she redirected it into the back of the net. As the first half wore on, MacLeod struck gold one more time at 25:16, taking advantage of an Ohio turnover deep in its own territory. The Westerville, OH native beat the last line of the defense and promptly deposited the ball into the frame for her team-high fifth goal of the season. The reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Year currently lead UT’s attack with a team-high 12 points (five goals, two assists).