MAC Announces Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 10/26/2009
MAC Co-Defensive Women's Soccer Players of the Week
Jeny Wolbert, Akron, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (St. Mary's)

Wolbert picked up a pair of shutouts over the weekend, both on the road, to help Akron extend its win streak to five matches and shutout streak to four contests. The sophomore had two saves in a 1-0 win at Kent State on Sunday and one save in a 2-0 victory at Buffalo on Friday. Wolbert has seven wins and five shutouts this season.

Shay Mannino, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Junior, Grosse Ile, Mich. (Grosse Ile )
Continued her climb up the Mid-American Conference career shutout list with a pair of clean sheets over the weekend ... turned aside the only shot that came her way in CMU's MAC clinching victory over Bowling Green on Friday ... made four more saves, including three in double overtime, to blank defending MAC champion Toledo in a 0-0 tie on Sunday ... has 13 shutouts this season and 25 in her career ... has not allowed a goal in 1123:39, the third longest streak recorded by any goalkeeper in NCAA history.

MAC Offensive Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Kelsey Passaglia , Northern Illinois, Forward
Sophomore, Cary, Ill. (Cary-Grove)

Passaglia led the Huskies to a 2-1 victory over Ball State Friday afternoon. Passaglia assisted Lisa Maier in a goal against the Cardinals in just the first five minutes of Friday's contest. Passaglia then was able to notch her third goal of the season, when she scored NIU's second goal in the Huskies's 2-1 win over Ball State. Kelsey also started in Sunday's contest in which she recorded a shot against the Redhawks.


Other Nominees
Jordan Clark. Akron. Midfielder/Forward
Junior, Brecksville, Ohio (Brecksville-Broadview Heights)
Clark scored what would prove to be the eventual gamewinner in the final minutes of Akron's 1-0 win at Kent State on Sunday. It was her second goal of the season and first career game-winning strike. The win, which was UA's fifth straight and sixth in seven matches, gave the Zips a program best sixth league win this year (bettering the 5-7-0 conference mark set by the 2003 team).

Alexa Arsenault, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
R-Junior, Richmond Hill, Ontario (St. Theresa of Lisieux)
Made a total of four saves in last weekend's two games, against the league's top-two teams on the road ... had two stops in a complete-game, 1-0 loss at regular-season champion Central Michigan ... made two more saves at Eastern Michigan, playing just under 61 minutes ... on the year, has a total of 74 saves and a GAA of 1.28.
Chelsi Abbott, Central Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Woodstock, Ont. (St. Mary's SS)
Scored the only goal in rainy conditions against Bowling Green, helping Central Michigan clinch its first Mid-American Conference regular season title in school history ... the tally was the fourth in as many matches for Abbott and her fifth of the season ... four of the sophomore's five tallies have been game-winners.


Ashley Rodrigues, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Senior, Pickering Ontario (St. Mary's Catholic Secondary)
Rodrigues netted her team-leading eighth goal and fifth game-winning score of the season in Sunday's 2-0 win over Bowling Green. She now has 19 goals, 49 points, and eight game-winning scores for her career, moving her into sole possession of third place in each category on the Eagles' all-time list.

Monique Budani, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
Junior, Whitby, Ontario (Sinclair Secondary)
Budani made 10 saves in a shutout win over Bowling Green on Sunday. The junior won her fourth game of the season, all coming by virtue of the shutout and hasn't allowed a goal in last 128 minutes.

Annie Messer, Kent State , Forward
Junior, Dayton, Ohio
Messer led Kent State offensively with three shots on goal and five shots on the weekend.

Kelly Sherwood, Kent State, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Strongsville, Ohio
Despite a pair of setbacks on the week, Sherwood made six saves while posting a GAA just under 1.00 for the Flashes.

Brooke Livingston, Miami, Defender
Junior, Lisle, Ill. (Wheaton Warrensville South)
Livingston led a Miami defense that allowed just one goal over the weekend and pitched its sixth shutout of the year Sunday vs. NIU. She started both games, playing the full 90 minutes in each. With Livingston in charge of the defense, the RedHawks conceded just seven shots each to both Western Michigan and Northern Illinois, tying for the fewest by a MAC team against Miami this year. The Huskies were held to just one shot on goal Sunday, a season low for any Miami foe this year. Livingston also
headed three shots Friday vs. WMU with one going on goal.

Allison Berkey, Miami, Forward
Senior, Hopkinton, Mass. (Hopkinton)
Berkey scored Miami's second goal to seal its 2-0 win over Northern Illinois Sunday, which locked up a berth in the MAC Tournament. The goal was a beautiful goal as Berkey one-timed the ball out of mid-air on a cross that beat NIU's keeper. She scored on her only shot of the weekend, despite starting both games, for a 1.000 shooting percentage. Berkey is now tied for the team lead with five goals.

Mo Smunt, Northern Illinois, Defender
Junior, St. Charles, Ill. (East)
Smunt assisted in the Huskies 2-1 win over Ball State Friday, holding the Cardinals to just one goal in the contest. Playing in all 90 minutes of each game this past weekend, contributing shots in each of the Huskies contests. Smunt was part of the Huskies defense that held Ball State to just one goal, allowing NIU to grab their first MAC win of the season.

Cathryn Rogers, Ohio, Midfield
Freshman, Toronto, Ontario (Silverthorn Collegiate Institute)
Rogers scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Ohio past Kent State on Friday. The freshman put all of her shots on goal during the week, while also tallying a shot percentage of .500.

Remi Famodu, Ohio, Defender
Sophomore, Bloomington, Minn. (Kennedy)
Famodu's clutch play from both defensive and offensive standpoints helped Ohio to a pair of wins over the weekend. She scored the game-winning goal to help the Bobcats beat Buffalo Sunday, and was strong on defense in anchoring an Ohio unit that shut out Kent State and allowed just one goal during the weekend. She has also helped the Bobcats' defense record three shutouts in their last six games.

Caitlin Henderson, Western Michigan, Outside-Back
Sophomore, Dexter, Mich. (Dexter )
Henderson helped the Bronco back line shut out Miami's high-powered offense in their 1-0 win on Friday. On Saturday she drilled in a goal from 30-yards out to give WMU a 1-0 lead and then helped fight off a Ball State rally to keep the game tied, 1-1.

Stephanie Skowneski, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Clinton Township, Mich. (Chippewa Valely)
Skowneski set up the game-winning goal in Friday's 1-0 win at Miami. She fired off two shots on goal on the weekend.