MAC Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 9/13/2010
MAC Women's Offensive Player of the Week
Jess Kodiak, Miami, Midfielder/Forward
Sophomore, Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North HS)
Kodiak spurred Miami to a pair of victories over the weekend at the ETSU Soccer Invitational, as the RedHawks won the tournament title. Kodiak had a goal in each game, including the game-winner Sunday vs. Temple, and also handed out an assist on Miami's first goal against Winthrop Friday. She was named the tournament's MVP and was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts, as she played 170 of a possible 180 minutes over the weekend. Her goal against Temple was a brilliant score as she lifted the ball over a defender's head and finished in the back of the net on the volley. Kodiak now has team bests of five goals and six assists in just seven matches.

MAC Women's Defensive Player of the Week
Vicki Traven, Toledo, Goalkeeper
Junior, St. Charles, IL (St. Charles North)
Junior goalie Vicki Traven played all 220 minutes against Big Ten foes Michigan and Minnesota between the posts this past weekend, totaling 19 saves. Traven finished with a season-high 10 stops vs. the Wolverines on Friday and nine saves vs. the nationally ranked Golden Gophers on Sunday. Yesterday's outstanding effort marked only the second time this fall the high-powered Minnesota offense was held scoreless. 

Other Nominees:
Aubrey Buehler, Ball State, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Waukesha, Wis. (UT-Martin)
Sophomore goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler led the Cardinals to their fifth win of the season, surpassing last year's win total just seven games into the year. Buehler posted five saves in a 1-0 shutout at Western Kentucky for her second shutout of the season. She improves to 5-1-0 on the year after transferring to BSU from Tennessee-Martin.

Sarah Orisich, Ball State, Midfielder
RS Sophomore, Columbus, Ind. (Columbus North)
Redshirt sophomore Sarah Orisich led the Cardinals to their fifth win of the season and a 1-0 weekend as she scored the game-winning goal at Western Kentucky. The goal was the second straight for Orisich and the second straight game-winning tally as she knotted the clincher last week at Southeast Missouri. She has now scored two goals in her career, both game-winning tallies.

Alexa Arsenault, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Senior, Richmond Hill, Ontario (St. Theresa of Lisieux)
Had a total of nine saves as BGSU split a pair of home matches last week... Made a season-high seven stops in the Falcons' 2-0 loss to nationally-ranked Minnesota ... kept the Gophers off of the scoreboard for over 67 minutes ... then, had two stops in her complete-match effort, helping the Brown and Orange to a 2-1 win over Cleveland State ... on the season, has a goals-against average of 1.24, best on the team.

Katie Stephenson, Bowling Green, Midfielder
Senior, Lexington, Ohio (Lexington)
Had her first career three-point game as the Falcons defeated Cleveland State on Sunday ... scored with under 20 minutes left in the second half to break a scoreless tie ... then, after CSU tied the contest, had an assist on what proved to be the game-winning goal, with under seven minutes left ... has surpassed her scoring total for all of last season ... had three points in 2009, and currently has a team-leading five points this year to date ... now has a career total of 21 points, tied for second among active Falcons ... she is second among current BGSU players in career goals and assists, with seven of each.

Megan Abman, Buffalo, Midfielder
Freshman, Denver, CO. (Colorado Academy)
Abman was the only Bull to find the back of the net against Robert Morris on Sunday. Senior Lindsey Bailey crossed the ball in from the right side and the Denver native finished it off with a flick to the far post to bring the Bulls within one, 2-1. The goal was the second in three games for the midfielder, who is now tied for the team lead with two scores.

Paige Sheridan, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Senior, Farmington Hills, Mich. (Mercy)
Senior Paige Sheridan scored goals in consecutive games over the weekend including the game-winning goal in double-overtime at Valparaiso Friday, Sept. 10. Sheridan scored again to tie the game before halftime against Northwestern for her second goal of the season and tenth of her career.

Jessacca Gironda, Kent State, Forward
Freshman, Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)
Gironda scored her fourth goal in five games Sunday in grand fashion, as the Kent State freshman tallied the game-tying goal at Big East foe Pitt. The goal, which came with just 70 seconds left in regulation, helped Kent State tie Pitt for the first time in program history.

Megan Johnson, Kent State, Defender
Freshman, Erie, Pa. (McDowell)
Johnson, who has started four straight games as part of the Kent State defense, had several key plays to help the Golden Flashes post a 1-1 draw at Pitt Sept. 12. Back in her home state of Pennsylvania, Johnson had multiple key tackles to thwart Pitt attacks and registered a shot on goal late in the second half. She played all 110 minutes against the Panthers.

Brooke Livingston, Miami, Defender
Senior, Lisle, Ill. (Wheaton Warrenville South HS)
Livingston anchored a strong Miami defense over the weekend, leading the RedHawks to a pair of victories and the ETSU Soccer Invitational title. She helped Miami pitch a shutout on Friday against Winthrop as the Eagles managed just five shots on goal while she played all 90 minutes. Miami's captain played the entire match Sunday against Temple as well, as the Owls scored just once, coming in the 83rd minute.

Lauren Eberts, Northern Illinois, Defender
Sophomore, Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North)
Lauren Eberts was a key member of the Huskie defense that had a strong defensive effort against Illinois State Friday afternoon. Eberts played in all 90 minutes of action, recording a shot on goal in the contest.

Kayra Thompson, Northern Illinois, Midfielder
Sophomore, Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Northwest)
Kayra Thompson led the Huskies offensively in NIU's contest against Illinois State, Friday. Thompson recorded two shots with one shot on goal to conclude the weekend.

Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori HS of Univ. Circle)
Liston allowed just one goal in 200 minutes of play this week while helping lead Ohio to a win and a tie. The freshman picked up her second shutout of the season while tallying four saves in Ohio's win over Marshall Wednesday. She followed it by picking up four more saves and just the one goal in the Bobcats' double-overtime tie with Cleveland State Friday. For the week, she tallied a 0.45 GAA.

Cathryn Rogers, Ohio, Midfielder
Sophomore, Toronto, Ontario (Silverthorn Collegiate Institute)
Rogers led Ohio to a win over Marshall with the game-winning goal, her first of the season, off a penalty kick in the 82nd minute. She also led the Bobcats with two shots on goal against the Thundering Herd. For the week, she tallied three shots and placed two on goal.

Nikolette Rivera, Western Michigan, Midfielder
Junior, St. Louis, Mo. (Lafayette HS)
Rivera helped the midfield dominate possession in WMU's 5-0 win over Northern Iowa. She also netted her first goal of the year as well as tallying her first assist of the season in the Broncos' largest offensive output since beating Northern Iowa, 5-1, on Sept. 8, 2006.