Mid-American Conference Women's Soccer Notebook

Updated 9/17/1999

Mid-American Conference Pepsi Player of the Week
Bethany Sanker, Kent (Fr., F)
Lakewood, Ohio (Magnificat)

Sanker tallied three goals and recorded one assist in helping Kent to a 3-0 week. Against Youngstown State, Sanker registered a goal and an assist. In the final match of the Kent Classic against Northern Arizona, Sanker tied the match with 35 minutes remaining and scored the game-winner two-plus minutes into overtime.

FOUR REMAIN UNBEATEN:
Heading into this week's action, four MAC schools are still undefeated. Eastern Michigan is 5-0, while Buffalo, Kent and Miami are each 4-0. Dating back to last season, Miami has won six straight matches and are unbeaten in its last seven.

MAC PLAY OPENS WEDNESDAY:
League play opens Wednesday afternoon as Bowling Green plays host to Kent. Two other conference matches occur over the weekend as Bowling Green travels to Northern Illinois Saturday and Toledo hosts Kent on Sunday.

HOWARD AN ALL-AROUND ATHLETE:
Northern Illinois' Amber Howard became the first Huskie athlete to play three sports since 1982. Howard, who lettered four times in volleyball and played 11 games with the basketball team last season, closed out the Illinois State match in net.

MIAMI'S PAUL IS ON FIRE:
Sophomore Brooke Paul picked right up where she left off last year and is presently on a red-hot streak. Paul, who is second on the team with seven points, has 15 points (6 goals, 3 assists) in her last six matches and last Saturday against Morehead State became the school's all-time leading scorer.

UB'S BALANCED SCORING ATTACK:
Of Buffalo's 11 goals this year, nine of them have come from three players. Paula Listrani, Samantha Swerdloff and Elizabeth Pfeffer have tallied three goals each. All of Pfeffer's came in one game against Detroit, where she also added an assist which is the third highest point total in a game in school history.

HOME SWEET HOME:
Kent, the most improved second-year program in the nation in 1998, has taken the concept of home field advantage to the extreme. In their first year, the Golden Flashes won all three of their matches and last season were 5-2. Coupled with a perfect 4-0 mark at Kent Soccer Field, the Flash are a combined 12-2 at home which translates into a .857 winning percentage. Kent, however, plays five of its next six matches on the road.

FINALLY COMING HOME:
After playing the first six matches of its inaugural season on the road, Ball State will finally get to play a match at home on Friday when it hosts Valparaiso. In fact, the Cardinals will be at home quite a bit over the next couple of weeks as they play five of their next six matches in Muncie.

GOOD AND BAD STREAKS:
Kent (4-0) and Eastern Michigan (5-0) are off to its best starts in the school's history, while Buffalo's 4-0 start is the second-best record to begin a season, trailing a 6-0 start in 1998. At 0-6, Northern Illinois is off to its worst start since an eight-match slide in 1996. The Huskies begin their quest for a third straight MAC title this weekend against Bowling Green. Western Michigan is 3-1 in home openers.

CMU'S FRESHMAN ORIENTATION:
First-year players have been key to Central Michigan's 3-1-1 start. Freshman Emilie VilleMonte tallied a goal and an assist over the weekend and has five markers on the season, which is tied for second in the MAC. Christine Andersen scored the game-winning goal against Valparaiso for her third of the season, while Kit Schwartz recorded her first of her career against Duquesne.

NEARING WIN TOTAL OF 1998:
After posting a 4-13-1 mark in its first year, Marshall is quickly nearing its win total from last year. With three quarters of their yet schedule to play, the Herd has tallied a record of 3-1-1 and have allowed only two goals.

FALCONS FIRE UP SHOT TOTAL:
Bowling Green set a school record with 46 shot attempts in the Falcons 2-0 win over Niagara, outshooting the Purple Eagles by a 46-4 count. BG fired 17 shots on goal, two short of a school mark. The win was also head coach Tom Piccirillo's 100th of his career and also the first career shutout for freshman goalkeeper Erika Flanders.

UT'S DUMMETT WASTES NO TIME:
After only one point in her first three matches, Toledo's Jackie Dummett tallied two goals and an assist in the Rockets win over Niagara. Dummett took only two shots during the game, both resulting in goals.