MAC Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 9/6/2010
MAC Women's Offensive Player of the Week
Leigh Cullen, Akron, Midfielder
Senior, McCaandless, Pa. (North Allegheny Senior HS)
Cullen netted a hat trick in Friday's 3-0 win over Canisius. She opened the scoring by volleying a cross from Rachel Phillip into the back of then net in the 14th minute from six yards out. She put the Zips two goals ahead with a masterful strike in the 33rd minute. From 30 yards out, Cullen fired a shot that nicked off the upper right-hand post and into the back of the net. Cullen then converted a penalty kick in the 63rd minute to finish off the scoring.

MAC Women's Defensive Player of the Week
Brigit Reder, Ball State, Defender
Sophomore, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)
Sophomore defender Brigit Reder has been the defensive catalyst for the Cardinals as they are 4-2-0 on the season and off to their best start since 2005. Reder guided the Cardinals to a 1-1-0 weekend on the road, including a 3-2 double overtime victory at Southeast Missouri which snapped a nine-game unbeaten streak at home for SEMO.

Other Nominees:
Maggie Brown, Ball State, Forward
Sophomore, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)
Sophomore forward Maggie Brown helped the Cardinals match their win total from all of last season and open to their fastest start since 2005 as she scored a goal and an assist on the weekend ... Brown scored her first goal of the season to pull the Cardinals even with Southeast Missouri and had an assist later in the first half on the goal that put BSU in front 2-1 in the eventual victory.

Megan Abman, Buffalo, Midfielder/Defender
Freshman, Denver, Co. (Colorado Academy)
Abman scored her first career goal in heroic fashion as her score led the Bulls to its first win of the season, a 3-2 triumph over St. Bonaventure at UB Stadium. With just over two minutes remaining in the match and the game seemingly heading to overtime, Abman stole the ball from a Bonaventure defender trying to clear it away. She then juked out the goalie on the breakaway and slid a clear shot into the back of the net to give Buffalo its first lead of the season.

Claire Horton, Central Michigan, Defender
Junior, Royal Oak, Mich. (Royal Oak)
Played all 90 minutes on the back line with one shot.

Valerie Prause, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Senior, Mentor, Ohio (Lake Catholic)
Prause scored her first goal of the season and seventh of her career. She fired a team high five shots in the match, with two on goal while playing 88 minutes.

Kellyn Flanagan, Kent State, Forward
Senior, Medina, Ohio (Medina)
Flanagan earned all-tournament team honors Sunday at the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic, hosted by FGCU. Flanagan scored the game-winning goal against the host Eagles Friday night, her fourth of her career.

Jess Kodiak, Miami, Midfielder
Sophomore, Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North HS)
Kodiak registered a three-point weekend for Miami, as she scored her third goal of the season Sunday against DePaul and registered her team-leading fifth assist Friday at Butler. She found the back of the net in the 62nd minute Sunday to pull the RedHawks even at 2-2 against the Blue Demons, but DePaul would score late to take the win. Kodiak also set up Miami's second goal at Butler Friday with a cross from the wing.

Kelsey Passaglia, Northern Illinois, Forward
Junior, Cary, Ill. (Cary-Grove)
Kelsey Passaglia helped lead the Huskie offense in Sunday's contest against the Loyola Ramblers. The junior played 85 minutes as part of the Huskie offense that secured six shot attempts and two shots on goal against the Ramblers.

Mo Smunt, Northern Illinois, Defender
Senior, St. Charles, Ill. (East)
Mo Smunt was a key member of the Northern Illinois Huskie defense that held their opponents to just one shot on goal in a match-up against Loyola Sunday afternoon. Smunt has started every game this season with the Huskie defense and played all 90 minutes against the Ramblers.

Erin Flynn, Toledo, Midfielder
Senior, Mississauga, Ontario (Our Lady of Mount Carmel)Flynn opened the scoring at No. 23 Louisville with a goal at 19:25. The two-time captain received a pass down the right side from sophomore Rachael Kravitz and placed a shot into the lower right corner of the net for her second tally of the fall campaign. Her goal marked the first deficit of the season for the Cardinals.

Julia Francy, Western Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior, Westerville, Ohio (Westerville Central)
Francy made a season-high nine saves in WMU's double-overtime loss at Indiana, she then made five saves in the Broncos 1-0 loss at No. 19 Cincinnati.