Offensive Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Nicole Gobbo, Northern Illinois, Forward|
Freshman, Bartlett, Ill. (Bartlett)
Freshman Nicole Gobbo, in only the third start of her career and in a must win situation, scored the Huskies game-winning goal in the 76th minute to NIU over Toledo, 2-1, and clinch Northern Illinois berth to the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Gobbo's goal vaulted the Huskies to the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2010 and defeated Toledo for the first time since 2003.
Co-Defensive Women's Soccer Players of the Week
Aubrey Buehler, Ball State, Goalkeeper
Senior, Waukesha, Wis. (Waukesha North)
Buehler matched her season-high with seven saves Thursday in a 1-1 draw at Miami. She helped the Cardinals become the first MAC team all season to tie Miami, which was previously a perfect 10-0 in conference play. Buehler stopped each of the final seven shots on goal she faced, including six after halftime, to preserve the draw. She helped the Cardinals guarantee a winning season with the victory.
Megan McCabe, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect)
In just her third start in goal for EMU after taking over for an injured Jenna O'Dell, McCabe notched her third straight victory. McCabe made seven stops on eight shots which included several key saves to prevent the Broncos from tying the score. In the 64th minute, McCabe came up with a big save near the left goalpost on a shot from Anina Cicerone. On the ensuing corner, McCabe was once again up to the task when Lee headed a shot on goal. With the win EMU secured third place in the MAC tournament and won eight MAC games for the first time since 2003.
Ashley Hughes, Akron, Forward
Senior, Rochester, N.Y. (The Aquinas Institute)
Hughes scored the equalizing goal in the 80th minute for the Zips in their 2-1 overtime win at Buffalo on Thursday. The goal was Hughes' team-leading eighth of the season and it gave her 22 points for the season, which tied the Akron school record for most points in a single season. Six of Hughes' eight goals and four of her six assists this season came during MAC play.
Morgan Whitfield, Ball State, Forward
Freshman, Riverdale, Utah (Bonneville)
Whitfield scored Ball State’s goal Thursday in a 1-1 draw at Miami. She helped the Cardinals become the first MAC team all season to tie Miami, which was previously a perfect 10-0 in conference play. Whitfield scored her goal in the 38th minute, powering a left-footed shot from the left side past the RedHawks goalkeeper. It was the first collegiate goal for Whitefield, who helped guarantee a winning season for the Cardinals.
Christen Chiesa, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Freshman, Pittsburgh, Pa. (South Park HS)
Chiesa assisted on half of the Chippewas four goals in a 4-0 win at Bowling Green to guarantee the Chippewas won the MAC West Division outright and clinched the second seed in the MAC Tournament. She assisted on back-to-back goals in the second half within seven minutes of one another to give the Chippewas a 3-0 advantage and their final 4-0 edge, the most goals a MAC team has scored on BGSU this season. She also took two shots, one on goal.
Bianca Rossi, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Mississauga, Ontario (St. Marcellinus)
Rossi scored the first goal of the game and assisted on the game-winning tally in a 2-1 victory over Western Michigan. With the win EMU secured third place in the MAC tournament and won eight MAC games for the first time since 2003. Rossi's goal was her team-leading eighth of the year. She now has 21 points on the season. Rossi needed just over eight minutes to notch the opening tally. Angela Vultaggio played a pass near midfield back to Stephanie Clarke, who forwarded the ball to a wide-open Rossi. Rossi broke in on goal alone, made a series of moves on keeper Michelle Watson, and tapped the ball in.
Sara Henderson, Kent State, Midfielder
Senior, Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville)
Henderson scored her first career game-winning goal with her second goal of the season in Kent State's regular season finale against Ohio Thursday. Henderson's blast in the second minute of play proved to be all Kent State needed to secure the No. 4 seed and a home game for the 2012 MAC Championship.
Haley Walter, Miami, Midfielder
Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio (Kings HS)
Freshman Haley Walter scored Miami’s only goal in a 1-1 double-overtime tie Thursday against Ball State in the regular-season finale, as she helped the RedHawks become just the second team in MAC history to finish the regular-season undefeated (10-0-1). She started in midfield and played 99 of 110 minutes in the match while firing four shots, including two on goal, while creating several chances down the flanks. She scored her goal in the 11th minute on a powering header
Meghan Topolewski, Toledo, Midfielder
Sophomore, Waterford, MI (Our Lake of the Lakes High School)
Sophomore Meghan Topolewski scored her first collegiate goal vs. Northern Illinois on Thursday at the 31:21 mark in the first half. Topolewski won a loose ball in the middle of the NIU goal box off a cross from teammate Rachel MacLeod and pretty much walked the sphere into the back of the net to give the home team an early 1-0 advantage.
Kelly DeNiro, Akron, Midfielder
Junior, Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Watterson HS)
Playing in a defensive midfield role for the first time this season, DeNiro scored the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute to give Akron a 2-1 overtime win at Buffalo on Thursday. DeNiro struck a free kick from 30 yards out at the 91:11 mark to score her fifth goal of the season.
Katie Slaughter, Central Michigan, Defender
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Anderson HS)
Slaughter led a CMU defense that recorded its MAC-leading 10th shutout of the season in a 4-0 win against Bowling Green on Thursday. The Chippewas not only clinched the No. 2 seed and an outright MAC West Division title with the shutout win, but Slaughter and the other seven seniors on the team earned their 61st career victory, most of any graduating class in CMU program history. The Chippewas locked down in the second half, allowing just two shots, one of which was a shot on goal in the final minute. Slaughter and the defense allowed just four shots on goal in the entire match and seven total shots.
Briana Bartolone, Kent State, Defender
Freshman, Auburn, Ohio (Kenston)
Bartolone played all 90 minutes in Kent State's 3-0 shutout win over Ohio Thursday, one of just two shutouts in the final day of MAC action and the team's sixth shutout of their 11-game MAC season. Bartolone also helped the defensive cause with offense, as she tallied her second goal of the season with a header in the 53rd minute.
Lauren Mathews, Miami, Defender
Freshman, Hamilton, Ohio (Badin HS)
Freshman Lauren Mathews made just her third start of the season at defense Thursday against Ball State after switching from midfield late in the season. She played all 110 minutes of the double-overtime contest, helping limit the Cardinals to just one goal, which was scored on a miscue by Miami’s goalkeeper, while BSU only managed five shots on goal. Mathews also fired a shot in the match.
Kayra Thompson, Northern Illinois, Defender
Junior, Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Northwest)
Battling illness but still coming off the bench, junior Kayra Thompson tied the Huskies with Toledo in the 69th minute with her goal, that ultimately sparked Northern Illinois to victory. Head Coach John Ross cited "Kayra took over the match and her goal was huge for us. She started going after balls and played aggressively, which changed the way her teammates played and was key in our win."
Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Junior, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori HS of University Circle)
Mattie made six saves for Ohio Soccer on Thursday afternoon in the Bobcats’ 3-0 loss at Kent State. The junior goalkeeper is now only five stops away from being Ohio’s all-time leader in goalkeeper saves.
Liston also got in on Ohio’s offensive effort on Thursday, striking one total shot. This was her first shot of the season.