Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 9/9/2013

Offensive Player of the Week

Rachel MacLeod, Toledo
Senior, Westerville, OH (Weserville Central HS)

Toledo took advantage of a hat trick by senior Rachel MacLeod to post a thrilling 3-2 victory over No. 22 Pepperdine on Sunday at Scott Park. The win was the first for the Rockets over a nationally ranked team.

MacLeod found the back of the net on one occasion in the first half and twice after the intermission to help the Midnight Blue & Gold shock the West Coast Conference member Waves.
With Sunday’s effort, MacLeod became only the eighth player in school history to register at least three goals in a match and first since Brittany Hensler turned the trick against Kent State on Oct. 18, 2009. The 2011 Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year also moved into sole possession of fourth place in UT annals with 26 career tallies.
On the first goal, MacLeod received a nice pass from junior Alexis Tice down the right side of the pitch. She then went to work and easily beat a pair PU defenders and juked their goalie before hammering home the equalizer.
On the second tally, the Midnight Blue & Gold strung together a couple good passes from sophomores Geri Siudzinski and Kika Hernandez to MacLeod deep in Pepperdine territory along the right side. The slick-footed MacLeod then finished the play with a few more nifty moves to shake past a pair of PU defenders and perfectly placed a low shot by goalie Hannah Seabert to make the score 2-1.
And finally on the third goal, MacLeod was tripped from behind along the edge of the PU goal box after beating a defender to set up a penalty kick with only 1:34 left in regulation. 

Defensive Player of the Week

Brooke Dennis, Ball State, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Wauconda, Ill. (Mundelein HS)

Brooke Dennis recorded her second straight shutout Friday in Ball State’s 3-0 victory over Eastern Illinois. The freshman made five saves, all in the second half, to protect the Cardinals’ lead and keep Eastern Illinois off the scoreboard. She also directed the efforts of the Ball State defense and came off her line to play several crosses. Dennis has yet to allow a goal in 180 minutes between the posts this season, making nine saves on the way to a perfect 2-0-0 record.


Other Nominees

Haley Walter, Miami, Midfielder
Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio (Kings HS)

Walter had her best week of the season, scoring two goals to help Miami to a 1-1 weekend. In Friday’s 3-0 shutout at IPFW, Walter scored the first goal of the match in the 14th minute, finishing a loose ball off a corner kick. It was the first goal of the season for the 2012 MAC Freshman of the Year and also turned out to be the game-winner, her sixth career game-winning goal. In Sunday’s overtime loss to Louisville, Walter again scored the first goal of the game, this time doing so in the 16th minute as she made a run down the back side and snuck behind the Cardinal defense, finishing a cross all alone in front of goal. She fired a team-high three shots against Louisville, putting two on target. This weekend marked just the second time she’s scored a goal in back-to-back games in her career. Walter totaled four points on the weekend.

Kelsey Wendlandt, Ball State, Forward
Freshman, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead HS)

Kelsey Wendlandt scored a goal in each of Ball State’s wins over the weekend. The freshman now leads the Cardinals with three goals on the year and has scored all three in the past four games. Wendlandt’s goal Friday from the top of the box against Eastern Illinois gave the Cardinals a two-goal cushion on the way to a  3-0 win. Her goal Sunday against Tennessee Tech proved to be her second game winner of the season. She scored on a set piece in the 30th minute to put Ball State on the board, and the Cardinals went on to win 2-0. Wendlandt put pressure on the opposing goalkeepers all weekend, placing five of her nine shot attempts on goal over the two games.

Sarah Sivic, Akron, Forward
Freshman, Broadview Heights, Ohio (Brecksville-Broadview Heights HS)

Sarah Sivic continued a strong start to her freshman campaign in the 2013 season. In two starts this past weekend, Sarah accumulated four total points, the most on the Akron roster. On Friday, Sivic assisted the lone goal of the match for her third of the season. Sivic followed up Friday’s performance with one goal and one assist in Sunday’s home opener against Boston. This is the second weekend in a row that Sivic has notched four total points.

Maggie Murnane, Ohio, Midfielder/Forward
Senior, Libertyville, Ill. (Dayton/Libertyville)

Murnane was a critical part of the Ohio offensive attack this past weekend, posting a team-high two goals (including the game-winner Sunday) and three shots on goal while leading the ‘Cats to a 2-0 record. The senior currently ranks second in the MAC in goals (3) and fourth in points scored (7).

Stephanie Haugh. Kent State
Junior, Richmond Hill, Ontario (St. Theresa)

Stephanie Haugh scored her season’s first goal, a game-winner vs. College of Charleston, on Sunday afternoon during the College of Charleston Cup. Haugh was named to the All-Tournament Team.  

Sara Spaulding, Northern Illinois
Sophomore, Milton, Wis. (Milton)

Sara Spaulding was a large part of NIU’s offense over the weekend. She threaded a pass to teammate Nicole Gobbo on Friday for the Huskies’ lone goal in the game. On Sunday, she tied the game at 1-1 with her goal in the first half. For her efforts, Spaulding was named to the Jackrabbit Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Cara Cutaia, Eastern Michigan, Midfielder
Senior, Burlington, Ontario (Notre Dame Catholic

EMU’s Cara Cutaia scored the game-tying goal in the Eagles 1-1 draw at Butler Sunday afternoon, Sep. 8. With 25:37 remaining in regulation, the team co-captain sent a floater 20 yards through the air and over the head of the Butler goalkeeper, tying the game at one goal apiece. The goal, a team-leading third of the season for Cutaia, squared the match and forced overtime, where the Green and White would go on to record its first tie of the 2013 season.

Emily Cooksey, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Junior, Jacksonville, Fla. (Fleming Island North)

Only Chippewa to record a shot on goal in every game this season 

Allie McBride, Northern Illinois
Junior, Naperville, Ill. (Neuqua Valley)

NIU’s defense was busy over the weekend, facing constant offensive pressure from both South Dakota and South Dakota State. Allie McBride anchored the defense for the Huskies. She played all 90 minutes in both games, making opposing players work for their opportunities. McBride was named to the Jackrabbit Invitational All-Tournament Team. 

Megan McCabe, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect)

It was a busy weekend for goalkeeper Megan McCabe. The EMU sophomore stopped 12-of-14 shots through 200 minutes of play as the Eagles fell, 1-0, to Indiana (Sept. 6) and tied Butler, 1-1, (Sept. 8). McCabe has now made 12 saves in back-to-back games for the second time this season. She accomplished the feat earlier in the year when Eastern faced nationally-ranked foes then-No.23 Ohio State and then-No. 14 Michigan, on Aug. 25 and Aug. 30, respectively.

Brianna Kanz, Akron, Defender
Junior, Strongsville, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit HS)

Brianna Kanz continued to displayed strong leadership for the Zips defense over the weekend. Kanz remained on the pitch for the duration of the matches against Boston and YSU. She played a critical role in the tie against Youngstown, as she made a crucial block one-on-one with a YSU defender in front of the goal, which allowed UA to end the match in a draw. Kanz was able to provide one assist in the match on Sunday against Boston, her first assist and point of the season.

Michelle Watson, Western Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (McAuley)

Watson made a season-high 12 saves to earn her second shutout of the season in WMU’s 0-0 tie at Wright State.  The shutout was the 18th of her career, putting her just two shy of the program record. She added two more saves on the weekend in the Broncos 2-0 loss at Oakland.

Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Senior, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori High School of Univ. Circle)

Liston grabbed two wins this weekend while leading the Bobcats in goal. Over the Bobcats’ two contests, Liston recorded six saves while allowing just two goals for a .750 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average. In the win at Niagara, Liston made two saves, then followed up that performance with four against Morehead State. She currently ranks fifth in the MAC in goals against average (0.99).

Heather Laeufer, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington)