2009 Women's Soccer All-MAC Teams & Specialty Awards Announced

Updated 11/6/2009

CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference announced its 2009 women's soccer All-MAC teams, as well as its Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year on Thursday, as voted by the league's head coaches.

Eastern Michigan's Ashley Rodrigues claimed MAC Offensive Player of the Year honors. Through 20 games this season, the native of Pickering, Ontario has scored nine goals and recorded 19 points which both lead the league. Rodrigues has netted an impressive six game-winning goals this season, the most in the MAC this year. Rodrigues was also named to the All-MAC first team for the second time in her career.

Central Michigan goalkeeper Shay Mannino took home MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Mannino led the MAC with a conference-record 14 solo shutouts and a 0.47 goals against average, seventh most among NCAA Division I goalkeepers. During CMU's 13 consecutive shutouts this season, Mannino put together a personal shutout streak of 1134:36, the third longest ever recorded by a Division I goalkeeper. This is the first time Mannino has earned first-team All-MAC honors. She was named to the All-MAC second team in 2008.

Central Michigan's Bailey Brandon was named this year's Freshman of the Year. Brandon is one of the top defenders on a CMU defense that leads the nation with 16 shutouts, two more than any other team in the country. The freshman is the first CMU player to win freshman of the year since Stephanie Martin did it in 2006. In addition to her defensive play, Brandon finished tied for fifth on CMU with seven points on a goal and five assists (t-fifth in the MAC). Brandon was also selected to this year's All-MAC second team.

Central Michigan's Tom Anagnost claimed his second MAC Coach of the Year honor in as many years. Anagnost has claimed MAC Coach of the Year both seasons since he began his tenure as head coach in 2008. After finishing second in the conference last year, Anagnost guided CMU to its first regular season MAC title in school history this fall. The Chippewas are 22-6-5 (.742 win percentage) and 15-2-5 (.795) in the MAC under Anagnost.

The All-MAC first team was led by five student-athletes from Central Michigan. Mannino was joined by her teammates Val Prause, Stephanie Martin, Chelsi Abbot and Liesel Toth. Eastern Michigan had three named to this year's squad as Rodrigues was joined by Katie Lozar and Brooke Livingston. Miami had two student-athletes on the team as Jodie Zwingelberg and Brooke Livingston received all-conference accolades, while Toledo's Ali Leak rounded out this year's first team selections.

CMU's Brandon was joined on the All-MAC second team by Eastern Michigan's Chelsea Detrick and Katie Marsh, Miami's Allie Berkey and Krista Pace, Akron's Jordan Baranowski, Ball State's Megan Ridley, Ohio's Kelsey Pichel, Western Michigan's Nikki Rivera, Buffalo's Stephanie Velez and Bowling Green's Samantha Bland.

Central Michigan led the All-Freshman team with five selections. Brandon was joined by teammates Bethany Allport, Autumn Hawkins, Laura Twidle and Kathrn Slaughter. Akron had two student-athletes on this year's team as Ashley Hughes and Katie Wise represented the Zips. Miami's Jess Kodiak, Bowling Green's Keely Chandler, Buffalo's Velez, Western Michigan's Cicerone, Northern Illinois Lauren Eberts, Eastern Michigan's Jessica Thomas and Ball State's Nicole Wood rounded out this year's squad.

The league championship semifinals will take place at the CMU Soccer Complex on the campus of Central Michigan University at 11 a.m. on Friday when No. 1 Central Michigan takes on No. 5 Toledo. No. 2 Eastern Michigan will face off against No. 6 Miami at 2 p.m. The winners will play for the MAC Championship at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 8th.

Freshman of the Year: Bailey Brandon, Central Michigan
Offensive Player of the Year:
Ashley Rodrigues, Eastern Michigan
Defensive Player of the Year:
Shay Mannino, Central Michigan
Coach of the Year:
Tom Anagnost, Central Michigan2009 All-MAC Women's Soccer First Team

2009 All-MAC Women's Soccer First Team

Midfielder - Val Prause, Central Michigan
Midfielder - Stephanie Martin, Central Michigan
Midfielder - Katie Lozar, Eastern Michigan
Midfielder - Jodie Zwingelberg, Miami
Forward - Chelsi Abbot, Central Michigan
Forward - Ashley Rodrigues, Eastern Michigan
Forward - Ali Leak, Toledo
Defender - Liesel Toth, Central Michigan
Defender - Julie Kaim, Eastern Michigan
Defender - Brooke Livingston, Miami
Goalkeeper - Shay Mannino, Central Michigan

2009 All-MAC Women's Soccer Second Team
Midfielder - Jordan Baranowski, Akron
Midfielder - Megan Ridley, Ball State
Midfielder - Kelsey Pichel, Ohio
Midfielder - Nikki Rivera, Western Michigan
Forward - Stephanie Velez, Buffalo
Forward - Chelsea Detrick, Eastern Michigan
Forward - Allie Berkey, Miami
Defender - Samantha Bland, Bowling Green
Defender - Bailey Brandon, Central Michigan
Defender - Katie Marsh, Eastern Michigan
Goalkeeper - Krista Pace, Miami

2009 Women's Soccer All-Freshman Team
Midfielder - Ashley Hughes, Akron
Midfielder - Jess Kodiak, Miami
Forward - Katie Wise, Akron
Forward -- Keely Chandler, Bowling Green
Forward - Stephanie Velez, Buffalo
Forward - Laura Twidle, Central Michigan
Forward - Autumn Hawkins, Central Michigan
Forward -- Anina Cicerone, Western Michigan
Defender - Lauren Eberts, Northern Illinois
Defender - Bailey Brandon, Central Michigan
Defender - Bethany Allport, Central Michigan
Defender - Kathryn Slaughter, Central Michigan
Defender -- Jessica Thomas, Eastern Michigan
Goalkeeper - Nicole Wood, Ball State