MAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week

Updated 9/16/2013

MAC Co-Offensive Player of the week

Lani Smith, Akron, Forward
Junior, Solon, Ohio (Hathaway Brown)

Lani Smith was crucial to the 2-1 win on Sunday over Canisius, as she played a part of both goals scored. Smith dished out her first assist of the season in the first goal scored by UA. Later in the match, Smith netted the game-winning goal in the 71st minute for Akron. This was the first time Smith has registered a goal and an assist in a match with the Zips. 

Katy Dolesh, Miami, Midfielder
Senior, Chardon, Ohio (Notre Dame Cathedral Latin)

Dolesh led Miami offensively over the weekend against a pair of tough opponents, scoring three of the RedHawks’ six goals on the weekend. Of the five shots she took in the two matches, the team captain put three on target, all three of which found the back of the net for an astounding .600 shooting percentage. On Friday against Milwaukee, Dolesh played all but six minutes and scored Miami’s second goal to put the ‘Hawks up, 2-1 midway through the second half as she scored on a half-volley. On Sunday in a double-overtime thriller against Big Ten foe Purdue, Dolesh scored two goals for just her third-career multi-goal game while she now has a team-best five on the year. She fired a team-high four shots during the match, scoring just 2:01 into the contest to give Miami an early lead. Dolesh then struck again in the 81st minute to put ‘Hawks on top, 3-2, as she timed her run perfectly and one-timed a shot with the outside of her foot into the goal around the keeper. She played all 102 minutes against the Boilermakers as Miami nearly pulled out the victory.


MAC Defensive Player of the Week

Ainsley Wheldon, Buffalo, Goalkeeper
Senior, Waterloo, Ontario (Bluevale Collegiate Institute)

Wheldon finished the week with a 1-0-2 record after recording three-straight shutouts for the Bulls. Wheldon made a week-high seven saves in the Bulls 0-0 double overtime tie to the Duquesne Dukes on Friday night. Wheldon now has four-straight shutouts as her shutout streak currently sits at 422.35 minutes. She now ranks 2nd in school history with 18 career shutouts.


Other Nominees

Cori Frankenberg, Northern Illinois, Forward/Midfielder
Senior, Appleton, Wis. (Appleton East)

Frankenberg was the featured scoring threat on NIU this over the weekend. She pressured defenses with four shots through two games, finding the back of the net with a lined shot from 35 yards out on Sunday, September 14 against WIU. She was a major scoring threat over the weekend for the Huskies, firing off the second most shots on the team over the two games. 


Kaitlyn Tobin, Bowling Green, Midfielder
Senior, Bay City, Mich. (John Glenn)

Senior Kaitlyn Tobin scored late in the first half to move Bowling Green into a 1-1 tie at Michigan State in Friday’s (Sept. 13) match.  The Spartans scored twice in the second half to pick up the win over the Falcons and remain undefeated.  For Tobin, the goal was her first of the season and the second of her career. It also was the Falcons’ first goal against MSU in six years.


Stephanie Clarke, Eastern Michigan, Midfielder
Senior, Burlington, Ontario (Notre Dame Catholic)

Stephanie Clark showed her leadership ability and calmness under intense pressure as she took advantage of a Michigan State foul inside the box, scoring on the penalty kick. The senior Clarke snuck her shot past the diving MSU goalkeeper to tie the match up at two goals apiece. Clarke led the Eagles all afternoon, taking eight shots and placing four of them on goal, including a bender off of the post as well as a strike off the crossbar. The penalty kick goal was the first of the season for the Burlington, Ontario native. 


Madison Helterbran, Kent State, Midfielder
Sohpomore, North Canton, Ohio (Hoover)

Sophomore Madison Helterbran scored Kent State’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon.  The goal came in the 67th minute and was her second of the season. 


Liz Finley, Ohio, Forward
Junior, Mason, Ohio (William Mason High School)

Finley’s first goal of the season couldn’t have come at a better time for Ohio, as it proved to be the game winner in the ‘Cats 1-0 victory at Youngstown State on Friday. In the 65th minute, Finley took a cross and rifled the ball into the net to ultimately propel Ohio to its fourth-straight win. The Mason, Ohio, native nearly scored twice in the match, as her well-placed shot in the 13th minute was saved by YSU. 


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

Led the team in shots on goal and shots at Central Michigan’s visit to the Hoosier Classic over the weekend. Cooksey scored a goal in Sunday’s match against Indiana three minutes into the game, breaking the Chippewas 5 game scoring drought.  


Nicole Pembleton, Ball State, Forward
Junior, Mississauga, Ontario (Clarkson Secondary)

Nicole Pembleton scored the game-winner in the final minute of the second overtime period Sunday to break a scoreless tie and give Ball State a 1-0 win at Air Force. Pembleton took a pass from teammate Elaina Musleh at the top of the box and chipped a shot over the Air Force keeper and into the net with just 22 seconds showing on the clock for the only score of the game. The junior fired three shots in the contest, putting all three of them on goal.


Lauren Noonan, Northern Illinois, Midfielder
Junior, Naperville Ill. (Neuqua Valley)

Noonan played the entirety of both of NIU’s games over the weekend, totaling 200 minutes played due to a double-overtime game against WIU on Sunday, September 14. She was part of a defensive unit that held opponents to two goals over two games. Her efforts against WIU on Sunday especially stand out. Noonan made a key disruption toward the end of regulation on an offensive attack from the opposing Leatherbacks which stopped a scoring opportunity, keeping the score tied at 1-1.  


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

Liston earned her first shutout of the season and 17th of her Ohio career while leading Ohio to its fourth-straight win Friday against Youngstown State (1-0). The Lakewood, Ohio, native made a season-high five saves against the Penguins, including three in the final 25 minutes after Ohio scored to preserve the Bobcats’ 1-0 lead and eventual victory. Liston has now posted 314 career saves, good for 11th most in Mid-American Conference history.


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

Watson made five saves and the team was credited with a team save to shutout the Northwestern Wildcats on the road. The shutout was the third of the season for the Broncos.


Klaire Adee, Akron, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Rockford, Ill. (Boylan Catholic)

Klaire Adee improved her record in goal to 3-2-2 with the win against Canisius, while also registering five saves in the contest. This is the fifth match in which Adee has allowed only one goal. 


Layne Schramm, Ball State, Goalkeeper
Senior, The Colony, Texas (The Colony High School)

Layne Schramm made a career-high 11 saves Sunday in a 1-0, double-overtime shutout at Air Force. The senior played all 109 minutes in goal, keeping the Falcons off the scoreboard and giving the Cardinals a chance to win the game on Nicole Pembleton’s goal in the final minute. Her 11 saves were the most by a MAC goalkeeper in a shutout victory this season. The performance also marked her second consecutive shutout as she lowered her goals against average to 0.47 for the season.


Brittany Maisano, Kent State, Defense
Freshman, Dublin, Ohio (Bishop Watterson)

Rookie defender Brittany Maisano gave a great defensive effort for the Kent State Golden Flashes  on Sunday afternoon.  Despite her solid performance, the Golden Flashes fell 2-1 to the host Bearcats at Gettler Stadium.