First Players of the Week Honors Announced

Updated 8/23/2010
MAC Women's Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Katie Wise, Akron, Forward
Sophomore, Wexford, Pa. (Pine-Richland)
Wise broke open a scoreless tie in the 82nd minute when she took a chest pass from Kelly DeNiro and slipped a shot past the Illinois State goalkeeper from just inside the penalty area. Just over a minute later, Wise extended the UA lead when she dribbled in on and around the Illinois State keeper to score her second goal of the night. She was not done, however, as under two minutes later she controlled an over the top pass from Paige Foughty and this time flipped a shot over the charging keeper to complete the hat trick. All told Wise completed the hat trick in 3:07 to propel the Zips past ISU, who is the defending Missouri Valley Conference champions as well as the preseason favorites in the MVC this season.

Sarah Dessfelt, Miami, Midfielder
Junior, Vellinge, Sweden (Malmo FF)
Dessfelt 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 on Miami's first goal of the game. She notched 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.

MAC Women's Defensive Player of the Week
Liesel Toth, Central Michigan, Defender
Junior, Victor, N.Y. (Victor)
Liesel Toth was in the middle of a dominant defensive effort by the Chippewas over the weekend ... the junior played all 180 minutes in a pair of shutout victories over Wright State and IPFW ... Toth helped stymie the opposing attack in both contests as CMU allowed only six shot attempts in the two contests, including only one against IPFW on Sunday.

Other Nominees:
Paige Stroinski, Ball State, Forward
Sophomore, Granger, Ind. (Penn)
Sophomore forward Paige Stroinski led the Cardinals to their first 2-0-0 start to the season since 2005 with victories over Xavier and Indiana State ... Stroinski scored the game-winning goal against the Musketeers Friday afternoon in the 69th minute of action for her first goal of the season ... She followed that up with an assist on the game-winning goal against the Sycamores in the 73rd minute of play ... She led the Cardinals with three points on the opening weekend.

Brigit Reder, Ball State, Defender
Sophomore, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)
Sophomore defender Brigit Reder led the Cardinals to their first 2-0-0 start to the season since 2005 with wins against Xavier and Indiana State ... She anchored the Cardinals' defense that posted a 0.50 goals against average on the weekend and posted its first shutout of the season with a 1-0 blanking of the Sycamores ... The Cardinals only allowed 14 shots total on the weekend, including just four shots on goal in the two wins.

Alyssa Zuccaro, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Mentor, Ohio (Mentor)
Scored BGSU's lone goal in a 2-1 double-OT loss to Cincinnati to open the season ... the goal came with just five minutes left in regulation and tied the score at 1-1 ... now has eight career goals, the most among current Falcons ... has 20 career points to rank second among current players.

Natasha Arana, Buffalo, Midfielder/Forward
Sophomore, Island Park, NY (West Hempstead)
The goal was Arana's first in her career.

Nicole Samuel, Central Michigan, Forward
Freshman, Brantford, Ontario (Assumption College HS)
Led CMU with 11 shots over the weekend ... scored her first collegiate goal in a 1-0 victory over IPFW on Sunday ... had a dominant debut against Wright State on Friday, firing a match-high eight shots in 58 minutes off the bench.

Maggie Christensen, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Senior, Orland Park, Ill. (AA Stagg)
At the 81:29 mark, Maggie Christensen took a pass from senior Paige Sheridan (Farmington Hills, Mich.-Mercy) and found the back of the net to knot the score at 1-1. Christensen's goal was the 12th of her career and just the second-ever goal scored by a visiting player at U-M's brand new soccer complex.

Jessacca Gironda, Kent State, Forward/Midfielder
Freshman, Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)
Gironda was stellar in her collegiate debut, as the freshman forward logged 74 minutes in her first start with the Golden Flashes. In the game's 87th minute, with Kent State trailing by a goal, Gironda scored the game-tying goal.

Brooke Livingston, Miami, Defender
Senior, Lisle, Ill. (Wheaton Warrenville South)
Livingston, the captain of the 2010 RedHawks, anchored Miami's defense at center back in a 15-0 season-opening win over Alabama A&M Saturday. She helped the 'Hawks pitch the shutout and limited the Bulldogs to just three shots all match and just two on goal, while also not allowing a single corner kick for the opposition.

Jackie Hanson, Ohio, Midfielder
Senior, LaGrange, Ill.
Hanson scored the game-winning goal in the second half while helping direct Ohio's offense to a 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh on the road in the Bobcats' season opener Sunday. The senior also landed all of her shots on goal en route to landing a shot on goal percentage of 1.000.

Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori HS of Univ. Circle)
Liston picked up the first shutout of her career while helping lead Ohio to a 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh on the road to open the season Sunday. The freshman also recorded five saves on the day.

Vicki Traven, Toledo, Goalkeeper
Junior, St. Charles, Ill. (St. Charles North)
Junior Vicki Traven was credited with 11 saves in the two matches over the weekend, including eight stops at Purdue on Friday to preserve the shutout. With Friday's effort, Traven passed former Rocket goalkeeper Jen Whipple (2003-03) for first place in school history with 17 career shutouts. 

Anina Cicerone, Western Michigan, Midfielder
Sophomore, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Marian)
Cicerone got the Broncos off to a fast start with the first WMU goal of the season in the fifth minute in their 3-2 win over Indiana State. Cicerone applied consistent pressure and service from the wing for the Broncos in their victory.