Offensive Player of the Week
Carla Romagosa, Miami, Midfielder
Freshman, Barcelona, Spain
Romagosa was the star of Miami’s 2-0 win over Michigan State on Sunday. She scored the game’s first goal in the 40th minute, which proved to be the game winner. In order to provide some insurance, she set up junior Ali Froede for a great goal on a penalty corner in the 57th minute to give the RedHawks a 2-0 win. She led Miami with three shots on the day.
Defensive Player of the Week
Sarah Mueller, Miami, Goalkeeper
Senior, Berlin, Germany (Werner-von SIemens)
Mueller earned her 11th career shutout in Miami’s only game last week, a 2-0 victory over Michigan State on Sunday. She made five saves in net and stopped a pair of breakaways by coming out of the net and knocking the ball away before the Spartans were able to even get off a shot. As a result of those extra defensive efforts, MSU finished with only eight shots total for the contest.
Lauryl Desch, Ohio
Redshirt Junior, Charlottesville, Va. (Western Albermarle)
Desch provided the Bobcats with an impressive defensive presence during Ohio’s match at Ohio State and stopped a number of Buckeye offensive opportunities in the Bobcat zone. She also played well on the other end of the field, as the Charlottesville, Va., native assisted on Ohio’s goal in the 18th minute to tie the game up and give Ohio a chance to win the contest.
“Lauryl did an excellent job controlling the backfield and distributing the ball,” head coach Neil Macmillan said. “In addition, her assist on Jessica Jue’s goal in the first half provided us with a crucial score. I’m extremely proud of her effort and her overall performance this weekend.”
Skylar VanNatta, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Senior, Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)
Senior Skylar VanNatta made plenty of defensive plays in CMU’s 1-0 win against Ball State on Saturday, October 5. VanNatta played all 70 miuntes of the contest and contributed one shot on goal. VanNatta’s defense assisted goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds on receiving her second shutout of the season. VanNatta contributed with defensive blocks on shots and stole the ball to help CMU with their offense.
Sabrina Binder, Kent State
Senior, Krefeld, Germany (Arndt-Gymnasium)
Binder spearheaded a strong defensive presence by the Golden Flashes this past weekend. Kent State did not allow a corner in the opening 35 minutes against Missouri State and only allowed one to No. 10 Northwestern in the first half on Sunday. The Kent State defense also held a top-ranked Northwestern to just three goals on Sunday. Binder got a shot off in each game and added in an assist on Friday. She played a total of 128 minutes on the weekend.
Jessica Jue, Ohio
Senior, Vancouver, British Columbia (Little Flower Academy)
Jue stayed red hot in Ohio’s contest at Ohio State on Sunday, as the senior posted her fifth goal in the last six contests to fuel the Bobcat offense. With Ohio trailing 1-0 in the 20th minute, Jue took a deflection and rifled a shot to the near post that proved to be the equalizer. She also took all seven of Ohio’s corners to power the Bobcat comeback in the second half.
Cayleigh Immelman, Central Michigan, Forward
Jenior, Pro Elizabeth, Eastern Cape (Woodridge College)
Junior forward, Cayleigh Immelman scored the game-winning goal against MAC competitor Ball State for a CMU 1-0 victory on Saturday, October 5. Immelman made some crucial offensive plays including her second goal of the season at the beginning of the second half. Immelman contributed two shots on goal and played all 70 minutes of the contest.
Madi Thompson, Kent State, M/F
Freshman, Ontario, Canada (Resurrection Catholic)
Freshman Madi Thompson made her limited minutes count this weekend, being the only Golden Flash to score in each game while playing 25 minutes in each contest. Both her goals came unassisted. She was the only Kent State player to get a point against top-ranked Northwestern. Her four points in the two games led the team.
Hillary Lawless, Missouri State, Forward
Senior, St. Louis, Mo. (Lafayette High)
Lawless helped lead the Bears to a 1-1 record last week, thanks to a seven-shot, two-goal performance against Saint Louis and Kent State. The senior started off strong with a goal against the Billikens on Oct. 1, leading the Bears to the shutout non-conference win. Racing up the left side, Lawless took a pass from sophomore Holly Scherer, split two defenders and slipped past the SLU goalkeeper for an uncontested score. Three days later, Lawless tried to ignite a MSU comeback versus Kent State when she scored her fourth goal of the year, bringing the visiting Bears to within two goals. The two scores moved Lawless to within one point of tying for fifth place on the school’s all-time points list.