MAC Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 11/2/2010

MAC Offensive Player of the Week
Vanessa Salerno, Kent State, Midfielder
Junior, Etobicoke, Ontario (Michael Power)
Vanessa Salerno registered the third hat trick in Kent State history with a trio of goals against Buffalo Oct. 28. Salerno started off with a header off a corner kick in the seventh minute and then added an unassisted goal in he 16th minute on a driving shot from 20 yards, which proved to be the game-winner. Salerno completed her trifecta in the 55th minute with another header off a corner kick.

MAC Defensive Player of the Week
Layne Schramm, Ball State, Goalkeeper
Freshman, The Colony, Texas (The Colony)
Freshman goalkeeper Layne Schramm led the Cardinals to the biggest upset of the 2010 MAC regular season as the Cardinals shutout MAC champion Toledo 1-0 ... ... The victory was the first for any MAC team this season over the Rockets and kept Toledo from becoming the first team in MAC history to finish the year 11-0-0 ... Also, it was the Cardinals first win in MAC play on the year ... Schramm posted six saves in the victory as she earned her first career shutout.

Other Nominees:
Ashley Hughes, Akron, Forward
Sophomore, Rochester, N.Y. (Aquinas Institute)
Hughes scored the game winner Thursday in the win over Ohio in Athens. Taking a pass from Jordan Baranowski, Hughes fired a shot into the upper right corner of the net for her second goal of the season.

Michelle Smith, Akron, Goalkeeper
Senior, Las Vegas, Nev. (Austin Peay)
Smith made seven saves to record her second straight shutout in Thursday's win over Ohio in Athens. The senior goalkeeper made five saves in the second half to ensure that Ashley Hughes sixth minute goal would hold up.

Danielle Rogers, Ball State, Defender
Senior, Orland Park, Ill. (UT-Martin)
Senior defender Danielle Rogers saved her best performance for her final game as a Ball State Cardinal as Rogers tallied the game-winning goal in the Cardinals' 1-0 victory over MAC champion Toledo ... The victory was the first for any MAC team this season over the Rockets and kept Toledo from becoming the first team in MAC history to finish the year 11-0-0 ... Rogers tallied her first career goal as a Cardinal in the 26th minute of play as she drove home a header on a cross in the box ... The victory was also the first of the season in MAC play for the Cardinals in what can only be the biggest upset of the 2010 MAC regular season.

Chelsi Abbott, Central Michigan, Forward
Junior, Woodstock, Ontario
Junior Chelsi Abbott led the Chippewas in Central Michigan's 3-0 win versus Eastern Michigan on Thursday. The junior fired three shots, all of which met Eastern Michigan goalkeeper Rachel Rye. The Woodstock, Ontario native scored her second goal of the season in the 10th minute to give the Chippewas a 1-0 lead on a header from 10-yards out that sailed over Rye's head. Abbott's play helped lead the Chippewas claim a share of their second straight Mid-American Conference regular season championship and extend their unbeaten streak at the CMU Soccer Complex to 22 games.

Tammy Long, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Freshman, Flushing, Mich.
Freshman Tammy Long played all 90 minutes for the first time in her career in CMU's 3-0 win over Eastern Michigan on Thursday. The Flushing, Mich., native helped lead the Chippewas to it's league-leading 12th shutout of the season from her defensive midfield position, while holding the Eagles to just seven shots in the game. Long's play in just her third career start helped the Chippewas claim a share of their second straight Mid-American Conference regular season championship.

Brooke Livingston, Miami, Defender
Senior, Lisle, Ill. (Wheaton Warrenville South HS)
Livingston anchored Miami's defense and helped the RedHawks win a key contest over the weekend that gave Miami the MAC East title. BGSU managed just two goals Thursday, one of which came on a penalty kick. The captain helped Miami limit its opponent to just seven shots in the game, including just four on goal.

Sara Lund, Miami, Forward
Senior, Malmo, Sweden (Malmo Borgarskola)
Lund led Miami to a critical victory Thursday, a MAC East-clinching win at Bowling Green. Her goal in the 83rd minute all but clinched a RedHawk win. The senior has now scored in three straight games after not scoring in any of Miami's first 18 games. Lund also fired six shots in the game, including two on goal.

Lauren Eberts, Northern Illinois, Defender
Sophomore, Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North)
Eberts played all 90 minutes as part of the Huskie defense that faced WMU Thursday. In a battle for the fifth seed, Eberts was part of the Huskie backline that kept its opponents scoreless in the second half of play and recorded three saves in the contest.

Mo Smunt, Northern Illinois, Midfielder
Senior, St. Charles, Ill. (East)
Smunt played all 90 minutes in the Huskies contest against WMU Thursday. The senior captain pulled the Huskies back from 2-0 deficit when she scored a goal in the 78th minute. Smunt led the Huskies in the contest with two shot attempts, including her first goal of the season, in the contest. The goal was Smunt's third of her career.

Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori HS of Univ. Circle)
Liston allowed just one goal in 90 minutes against Akron, tallying two saves. She finished the season with 92 saves, the second-highest single-season total in school history.

Rachael Philpot, Ohio, Forward/Defender
Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Archbishop McNicholas HS)
Philpot led Ohio with five shots, including three on goal, in the Bobcats' game versus Akron. She finished the week with a shot on goal percentage of .600. Philpot led the team in goals this season as well.

Stephanie Skowneski, Western Michigan, Midfielder
Junior, Clinton Township, Mich. (Chippewa Valley)
Skowneski netted the game-winner to help the Broncos clinch the fifth seed in the MAC Tournament in their 2-1 win over Northern Illinois. The goal was her ninth of the season, tying a WMU school record for goals in a season with former WMU greats Katie Markey and Jessica Pattison. The win also kept the Broncos undefeated at home with a 5-0-2 record.