MAC Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 10/18/2010
MAC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
Brittany Hensler, Toledo, Forward
Senior, Strongsville, OH (Strongsville)
Senior Brittany Hensler was credited with match-winning goals in both of Toledo's matches over the weekend against Kent State and Buffalo on the road. In Friday's 1-0 victory vs. the Golden Flashes, Hensler headed in a corner kick less than one minute into the contest to provide the only scoring. Two days later against the Bulls, the Strongsville, OH native blasted home another cross in the 83rd minute to propel UT to its fifth-consecutive win over UB. Hensler has now scored a goal in a career-high three-consecutive matches and leads the team with seven tallies, 15 total points and three match-winning scores.

MAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Shay Mannino, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior, Grosse Ile, Mich. (Grosse Ile)
Shay Mannino became CMU's all-time career leader in wins over the weekend, earning her 39th and 40th wins in victories over Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. Mannino extended her Mid-American Conference record for career shutouts to 31 in CMU's 1-0 win over WMU on Friday. The senior made four saves in the match, while playing all 90 minutes. Her 31 career shutouts are the most by an active goalkeeper in the NCAA. Mannino continued her stellar play Sunday, stopping both shots she faced in the first 45 minutes of play in CMU's 3-0 win vs. NIU. She now sports an 8-1-1 record on the season and league leading goals against average of 0.43.

Other Nominees:
Rachel Phillip, Akron, Forward
Junior, Ashland, Ohio (Ashland)
Phillip scored both goals in Sunday's 2-1 overtime win over Miami. Phillip found the back of the net on a restart off an assist from Jordan Baranowski in the 54th minute to tie the contest at 1-1. Phillip then recorded her fourth tally of the season just a couple minutes into the first overtime, sending the Zips to victory. Phillip was a menace all day long, firing five shots, all on target, in the match.

Brigit Reder, Ball State, Defender
Sophomore, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)
Sophomore defender Brigit Reder tallied her first career multiple goal game as she scored both of the Cardinals' goals in a 2-2 tie at Buffalo ... Reder, who entered the game with one goal on the year, scored two second half goals in under six minutes to rally the Cardinals from a two-goal deficit ... She also was the anchor on the Cardinals' defense once again helping the Cardinals pick up their second point of the MAC season.

Alexa Arsenault, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Senior, Richmond Hill, Ontario (St. Theresa of Lisieux)
Had a goals-against average of just 0.82 last weekend, as the Falcons played to a pair of draws ... had nine saves against Akron in a 2-2 tie on Friday ... then, posted her 23rd career complete-match shutout -- extending her own school record in that category -- in the Falcons' 0-0 draw vs. Ohio on Sunday ... she made three saves in that match ... also in that Senior Day match, Arsenault moved up on several school goalkeeping lists ... it was her 65th career start in goal, tying for second place on that Falcon list ... moved into second place in career minutes played ... is on pace to set the school career records for GAA and saves pct., and she is third in BG GK history in both matches played (68) and saves (323) ... this season, she has 73 saves and a GAA of 1.39 ... in MAC play, she has 47 saves, three shutouts and a 1.30 GAA.

Madeline Wideman, Bowling Green, Forward
Freshman, Troy, Mich. (Troy)
Was involved in the scoring of both of BGSU's goals in the Akron game, assisting on Megan Amann's score, then scoring a goal herself ... the three-point game was her third of the season, with all three coming in MAC play ... on the season, has 11 points to rank second on the team ... is tied for second on the Falcons with three goals, and is tied for the BG lead in assists, with five.

Shannon Algoe, Buffalo, Defender
Sophomore, Lockport, NY (Williamsville North/UConn)
The sophomore sweeper had a strong weekend defensively, but also pitched in on the offensive end for her second goal of the season in a 2-2 tie against Ball State.... the Lockport, NY native lined up for a free kick 45 yards out and scored over the outstretched hand of the goalie for the Bulls' second goal of the game... against Toledo, Algoe commanded the back line as the team's sweeper and stifled the high-powered Rockets attack on multiple occasions.

Liesel Toth, Central Michigan, Defender
Junior, Victor, N.Y. (Victor)
Junior defender Liesel Toth recorded a game-winning goal for the third consecutive match in CMU's 1-0 win over Western Michigan on Friday, while helping post the teams ninth shutout of the season, playing 90 minutes on the backline. Toth scored her fourth game-winning goal of the season on a free kick during the 47th minute from 25 yards out. The junior's shot bounced through the box and by the WMU goalkeeper for the decisive goal. On Sunday, Toth led the Chippewas with 85 minutes while holding Northern Illinois to just five shots in the match. Toth and CMU lead the league with 10 shutouts on the season. Offensively, Toth fired three of CMU's 29 shots vs. NIU.

Paige Sheridan, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Senior, Farmington Hills, Mich. (Mercy)
Senior forward Paige Sheridan scored two goals and added an assist in two games over the weekend. She has put together four straight multi-point games and has scored a goal in six of her last seven contests, including a goal in each of the last four games, leading EMU to an 8-game unbeaten streak. In EMU's 3-1 win over Northern Illinois last Friday, Sheridan scored the game's first goal before assisting on another later. Then Sunday, she added yet another goal on Senior Day to help the Eagles draw even with Western Michigan. Sheridan's eight goals ties her for the league lead while her 19 points are third in the MAC.

Kellyn Flanagan, Kent State, Forward
Senior, Medina, Ohio (Medina)
Flanagan tallied her sixth career goal for Kent State Sunday. Her goal, which proved to be the game-winning goal, was her fifth of her two-year career at Kent State.

Jenni Stapleton, Kent State, Defender
Junior, New Albany, Ohio (New Albany)
Kent State had a strong week defensively thanks to Stapleton's efforts. Kent State held regionally-ranked Toledo to just one goal in a 1-0 setback Friday. Against Ball State Sunday, Stapleton sent in a corner kick in the second half that resulted in an own goal in favor of Kent State, and then capped the game with a team save late against the Cardinals.

Courtney Clarke, Miami, Defender
Junior, Scarborough, Ont. (Francis Libermann SS)
Clarke was tremendous on defense for Miami, helping the RedHawks pitch a shutout against Ohio in Friday's overtime win. She played all 95 minutes at center back and limited the Bobcats to just eight shots and five on goal, including none in overtime. Sunday, she again anchored the defense, playing all 91 minutes and holding Akron to only nine shots, including just two in the second half and overtime combined. Clarke also fired a pair of shots, one of which was on target, against the Zips.

Jess Kodiak, Miami, Midfielder
Sophomore, Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North HS)
Kodiak scored both of Miami's goals over the weekend, helping the East Division-leading RedHawks to a weekend split. The sophomore scored the game-winner in Friday's 1-0 overtime victory over rival Ohio, breaking the scoreless match 4:33 into the first overtime, and also notched Miami's lone tally to give the 'Hawks the lead against Akron on Sunday, before Miami fell in overtime. She now has a team-best seven goals on the year.

Kelsey Passaglia, Northern Illinois, Forward
Junior, Cary, IL (Cary-Grove)
Kelsey Passaglia scored a goal on her lone shot of the weekend, when she found the back of net in the 72nd minute against  EMU. Passaglia's goal was part of a Huskie offense that fired 18 shots, 12 on goal, against EMU and CMU. Pasasglia's goal was her third oft he season.

Mo Smunt, Northern Illinois, Defender
Senior, St. Charles, IL (East)
Northern Illinois senior Mo Smunt started both games with the Huskie defense this past weekend. As a defender Smunt constantly pressured her opponents, CMU and EMU, as part of an NIU defense that held its opponents to just .476 shot on goal percentage.

Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori HS of Univ. Circle)
Liston tallied her fifth shutout of the season against Bowling Green and allowed just one goal in over 204 minutes of play during the weekend. Friday, she anchored a Bobcat defense that allowed Miami just one goal, that coming in overtime, and helped hold the RedHawks to eight shots below their season average while collecting three saves. Liston followed that up Sunday by holding the Falcons scoreless over 110 minutes and collecting two saves. The freshman now ranks fourth on Ohio's all-time shutouts list.

Kelsey Pichel, Ohio, Midfielder
Junior, Rochester Hills, Mich. (Stoney Creek HS)
Pichel recorded a team-high seven shots for Ohio over the weekend. Friday against Miami, she tallied a game-high four shots, including one on goal. She followed that with three shots in the 'Cats' shutout of Bowling Green Sunday. The junior also leads Ohio in shots this season.

Vicki Traven, Toledo, Goalkeeper
Junior, St. Charles, IL (North)
Junior Vicki Traven continued to be stellar between the posts for Toledo against Kent State and Buffalo this past weekend, totaling seven stops in a pair of wins. In Friday's match vs. KSU, Traven finished with three saves to collect her seventh shutout of the season. Two days later vs. the Bulls, the 2008 MAC Freshman of the Year made four stops to help UT equal its school record with eight-consecutive wins (8 in 2007) and also match its longest unbeaten streak at 11-straight contests (11 in 2008). In MAC play, Traven played every minute and is a perfect 8-0-0 with a miniscule 0.36 GAA with five blankings.