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Wise Picks Up National Performer of the Week Nod From CollegeSoccer360.com
AKRON, Ohio - University of Akron women's soccer player Katie Wise has been honored as a Primetime Performer of the Week by the website CollegeSoccer360.com
Wise's three goals highlighted a solid team effort as the Zips defeated defending Missouri Valley Conference champions Illinois State 3-0 in their season opener Friday night. The victory was the first game at the newly renovated Lee Jackson Field and came in front of nearly 1,000 fans.
Wise completed her first career hat trick in just 3:07 as she scored goals in the 82nd, 83rd and 85th minute to break open a scoreless game. Leigh Cullen assisted on two of the goals, while Kelly DeNiro and Paige Foughty each tallied an assist apiece. The points were the first in the careers of DeNiro and Foughty.
Wise joined 12 others, including athletes from North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, and Duke, on this week's list.
UA is back in action on Sunday when they host Morehead State at 1:00 p.m. at Lee Jackson Field.
CMU Soccer Achieves Highest Regional Ranking in Program History
MOUNT PLEASANT,Mich. - The Central Michigan soccer team is already reaching unprecedented heights to start the 2010 season.
CMU enters play this week as the No. 5 team in the Great Lakes Region according to this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America coaches' poll.
The ranking is the Chippewas' highest in program history. They ended the 2009 regular season ranked eighth in the region.
Central will get its first crack to move up in the rankings on Friday when it faces Northern Iowa in the Iowa Tournament.
Dessfelt Earns Co-MAC Offensive Player of the Week
OXFORD, Ohio - Just one week into the season and the Miami women's soccer team is already winning awards, as junior midfielder Sarah Dessfelt was tabbed Co-Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. The award is her first career weekly honor.
Dessfelt (Vellinge, Sweden) powered Miami to a record-setting 15-0 season-opening win over Alabama A&M Saturday. After not scoring a goal in her first two years at Miami, the junior recorded a hat trick and also handed out an assist, the first of her career, on Miami's first goal of the game. She tallied two of her three goals in the first 16 minutes of the contest and completed the hat trick just minutes after halftime. Dessfelt shot 100 percent for the match, scoring on all three of her shots.
In Sunday's 1-1 exhibition draw with the North London Soccer Club, Dessfelt also recorded an assist as she set up the game-tying goal with less than two minutes left to play in the match.
After the opening weekend of play, Dessfelt leads the conference with seven points and is tied for the league lead with three goals. She shared the weekly honor with Akron's Katie Wise, who also notched a hat trick.
The RedHawks return to action Friday, Aug. 27 as they face Chattanooga at 9 p.m. ET in the Lady Govs Invitational in Clarksville, Tenn.
WVU, Xavier Up Next for Women's Soccer Falcons
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO - The Bowling Green State University women's soccer team, after suffering a double-overtime loss to begin the 2010 season, concludes a three-match homestand with a pair of contests this weekend ... the Falcons of head coach Andy Richards will face a second-straight Big East Conference opponent when West Virginia University comes to Cochrane Field on Friday (Aug. 27) ... kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ... then, the Brown and Orange will host a Cincinnati school for the second Sunday in a row ... this Sunday (Aug. 29), the opponent will be Xavier University, with that match kicking off at 1:00 p.m.
UA Women's Soccer Adds Volunteer Assistant
AKRON, Ohio - University of Akron women's soccer coach Chris Pfau has announced the addition of former collegiate and professional development league player Brian Jankowski to the UA coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.
Jankowski will be involved in all aspects of coaching as well as the day-to-day operations of the program.
Jankowski serves as the assistant coach for the Brunswick High School girls' varsity team. Jankowski also coaches for the Cleveland FC club program, guiding two teams to youth state championships, and coaching one current national league squad, with two national pool team members.
An accomplished player on the pitch, Jankowski was a prep standout at Strongsville High School. He captained the 1997 team to the Ohio division one state title, earning All-Ohio honors in the process.
Jankowski played collegiately at Mercyhurst College where he was a member of the 1998 NCAA division two final four squad. He was also named the team's freshman of the year in that season. He capped off his college career by being named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team in both 2001 and 2002.
Jankowski was also a member of the Premier Development League's West Michigan Edge in 2001 and 2002. While with the Edge, Jankowski led the club in game winning goals in 2001 and in points accumulated off yellow cards in 2002.
The Strongsville, Ohio native holds a USSF D license and graduated from Mercyhurst in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in marketing.
Toledo Commences Home Slate vs. Morehead State on Friday and Youngstown State on Sunday
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (1-1-0) continues its demanding early-season non-conference schedule this weekend with two match-ups at Scott Park. The Rockets open their home slate against Morehead State on Friday, Aug. 27, at 5:00 p.m., before tangling with Youngstown State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Success has been the norm for the Midnight Blue & Gold over the past five seasons at home, as they have compiled an impressive 38-8-3 record at the corner of Hill Ave. and Parkside Blvd., including a 7-3-0 ledger last fall.
UT opened the 2010 campaign season last weekend, splitting a pair of road matches. On Friday, Aug. 20, UT posted a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory vs. Purdue. Then on Sunday, they dropped a 2-1 decision to nationally ranked Dayton. The Rockets' triumph over the Boilermakers was their second all-time win against a Big Ten opponent and first since the 1996 season.
Offensively, the tandem of junior Kristen Lynn and freshman Molly Cantwell netted goals for UT during the opening weekend.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior Vicki Traven was solid between the posts. The St. Charles, IL native played all 183-plus minutes, while making 11 saves and allowing only two goals for a 0.98 goals-against average. The third-year netminder was credited with eight stops in Friday's season-opening victory to preserve the shutout, pushing her past former Rocket Jen Whipple (2003-03) for first place in school history with 17 career shutouts.