MAC Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 10/11/2010
MAC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
Liesel Toth, Central Michigan, Defender
Junior, Victor, N.Y. (Victor)
Junior defender Liesel Toth finished the weekend with five points, including game-winning goals in both wins over Buffalo and Kent State this weekend. Toth scored her second goal of the season in the 16th minutes of Friday's 3-0 win at Buffalo when she converted her second career penalty kick after a Buffalo foul in the box. Toth's play on the back line helped CMU earn it's league leading eighth shutout of the 2010 season. On Sunday, Toth tallied her second game-winning goal of the weekend and an assist in CMU's 3-2 win at Kent State. Toth assisted on Laura Twidle's goal in the 28th minute of the match, lofting a pass from the top of the box to Twidle, who headed a shot from 10-yards out into the back of the net. Toth added her second game-winning goal of the weekend in the 41st minuted off a free kick from 28-yards out. The goal was her third game-winning goal of the season as a back line defender and she now leads the Chippewas with eight points on three goals and two assists.

MAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Monique Budani, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior, Whitby, Ontario (Sinclair)
Senior Monique Budani made 16 saves over the weekend to preserve two key shutouts and help EMU remain unbeaten in MAC play. She now has five shutouts this season and 21 for her career, three shy of the all-time record at EMU. Budani has now made a MAC-best and career-high 111 saves this season in 14 starts and continues to add to her EMU career-record total which now stands at 352.

Other Nominees:
Adrienne Steckel, Akron, Defender/Midfielder
Junior, Gibsonia, Pa. (Pine-Richland HS)
Steckel scored her first career goal in Sunday's loss to Western Michigan. The defender pushed forward for a Kelly DeNiro corner kick and heading the delivery into the back of the net at the near post. Steckel also played substantial minutes along the back line in the second half of the Friday's game against Northern Illinois helping the UA defense limit the Huskies to just one second half shot, which came on a free kick from midfield.

Tina Vannatta, Ball State, Defender
Senior, Powhatan, Va. (Springboro)
Senior defender Tina Vannatta guided the Cardinals to their first points of the MAC season this weekend as she scored a goal and handed out two assists while leading the Cardinals' on the defensive side of the ball ... Vannatta scored the Cardinals' lone goal Friday afternoon against Miami before adding a pair of assists as the Cardinals rallied to tie Bowling Green 3-3 in double overtime.

Alyssa Zuccaro, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Mentor, Ohio (Mentor)
Scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season at Ball State ... is tied for the MAC lead in goals, both overall and in MAC games only (five) ... her totals of eight goals and 20 points are the highest by a BGSU player since 2005.

Ainsley Wheldon, Buffalo, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Waterloo, Ontario (Bluevale Collegiate Institute)
Wheldon set a new career high after turning away 12 shots in a loss to Central Michigan friday night... the double-digit output was her fourth of the season and the third in conference play alone... her only goal allowed against Eastern Michigan came from a deflection off a save, her second hard-luck goal in as many games... in just the past four games, Wheldon has made 29 saves and entered the weekend leading the league in saves during conference play.

Paige Sheridan, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Senior, Farmington Hills, Mich. (Mercy)
Senior Paige Sheridan netted both game-winning scores in EMU's wins at Kent State and Buffalo over the weekend. Sheridan now has a career-high six goals on the season - ranking her third in the MAC - and four in her last five matches. She leads the team with 14 points this year, which is fifth in the MAC overall, and has helped EMU to still an unbeaten mark after six league contests.

Hannah Newhouse, Kent State, Midfielder
Sophomore, Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville)

Newhouse scored her first collegiate goal Sunday against Central Michigan. Her goal in the 61st minute helped Kent State become the first MAC team since 2008 to score two goals on the Chippewas, a span of 17 games.

Jenni Stapleton, Kent State, Defender
Junior, New Albany, Ohio (New Albany)
Stapleton, a midfielder, transitioned into a defensive role for Kent State last weekend. Against unbeaten Eastern Michigan Friday, Stapleton came off the bench for 59 minutes to help anchor the defense. Then, against defending MAC champs Central Michigan on Sunday, Stapleton played all 90 minutes on the back line.

Brooke Livingston, Miami, Defender
Senior, Lisle, Ill. (Wheaton Warrensville South HS)

Livingston started both games over the weekend and helped Miami to a split as the anchor of the defense. She also scored Miami's first goal in a 3-1 win over Ball State, as she helped limit the Cardinals to just one tally. She scored on her only shot of the weekend. Toledo managed just two goals in Sunday's game, below its season average entering the contest.

Giselle Mangal, Miami, Midfielder
Junior, Mississauga, Ont. (St. Joan of Arc HS)

Mangal started both games over the weekend and helped Miami to a weekend split as she scored the game-winning goal at Ball State Friday. It was her fourth goal of the season and second game-winner. She scored on her only shot of the match and put both her shots for the weekend on target.

Megan Harry, Northern Illinois, Midfielder
Junior, Alpharetta, Ga. (Milton)
Megan Harry has been strong on the offensive attack this entire season, and the junior capitalized on this when she scored the first goal in the Huskies game against Ohio on Sunday. Harry recorded her first collegiate goal and was perfect in her attacking this weekend, finding the back of the net on her first shot attempt of the weekend.

Courtney Ksiazek, Northern Illinois, Defender
Freshman, Naperville, Ill. (Neuqua Valley)

Courtney Ksiazek helped the Huskies to their third MAC shutout of the season on Friday, when the defender scored the game-winning goal in NIU's 1-0 victory over Akron. Ksiazek saw her first collegiate goal when she fired a free kick from midfield to score on the Zips. Ksiazek was a vital member of the Huskie defense that held their opponents scoreless game.

Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori HS of Univ. Circle)

Liston recorded eight saves over 200 minutes of action on the weekend, helping Ohio to a win and a tie. The freshman played a key role in helping hold high-scoring Western Michigan to just one goal in 110 minutes of play.

Rachael Philpot, Ohio, Forward/Defender
Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Archbishop McNicholas HS)

Philpot led Ohio with two goals and four points, including the game-winning goal against Northern Illinois, to help lead the Bobcats to a win and a tie on the weekend. The junior tallied both of her scores in Sunday's contest with the Huskies, each in the first half, to help Ohio to the win. In addition, Philpot landed each of her shots against NIU and all of her shots during the weekend on goal. She currently leads the team in goals and is tied for the team lead in points.

Vicki Traven, Toledo, Goalkeeper
Junior, St. Charles, IL (North)
Vicki Traven totaled two saves in a pair of victories against arch-rival Bowling Green and MAC East Division leader Miami this past weekend. The 2008 MAC Freshman of the Year did not record a save in the shutout vs. the Falcons last Friday and two stops against the RedHawks in overtime two days later. The St. Charles, IL native now has six shutouts on the season, including four in the last six matches. In MAC contests only, Traven has yielded only two tallies in 563:40 for a miniscule 0.32 goals-against average against MAC competition.

Caitlin Henderson, Western Michigan, Defender
Junior, Dexter, Mich. (Dexter)

Henderson helped a back line hold opponents to just two goals over the weekend in a 1-1 tie with Ohio and a 3-1 win in Akron. Henderson also assisted on a goal in WMU's win at Akron. The assist was her team-leading fifth of the season.

Brittney Pavlica, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Kenosha, Wis. (Mary Bradford)

Pavlica netted the game-tying goal in WMU's 1-1 tie with Ohio. She set up WMU's third goal in their 3-1 win at Akron via a give-and-go with teammate Nikolette Rivera. Her three point weekend pushed her up to second on the team in scoring with 10 points on four goals and two assists. The sophomore forward had zero points in six games last season.