MAC Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 8/30/2010

MAC Women's Offensive Player of the Week
Kristen Lynn, Toledo, Forward
Junior, Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville)
Kristen Lynn scored five points (2 goals, one assist) in a pair of matches against Morehead State and Youngstown State over the weekend. On Friday vs. the Eagles, Lynn was credited with her first assist of the season. Two days later against the Penguins, the third-year Rocket finished with a pair of goals in the lopsided victory. She has registered points in three of the first four matches this season and currently leads the team with seven points (three goals, one assist).

MAC Women's Defensive Player of the Week
Monique Budani, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior, Whitby, Ontario (Sinclair Secondary)
Senior Monique Budani (Whitby, Ontario-Sinclair) was again sensational in goal, picking up a pair of shutout on the weekend and the 17th and 18th of her career. Budani has now strung together 224 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal dating back to the 66th minute of the season-opener again the University of Michigan, Aug. 22.

Other Nominees:
Missy Gordon, Ball State, Forward
Senior, Carmel, Ind. (Marshall)
Senior Missy Gordon posted her first career multiple-goal game Friday night at IUPUI ... Gordon scored two goals to lead the Cardinals to their first 3-0-0 start since 2004 ... She scored the quickest goal in Ball State history as she found the back of the net 30 seconds into the game.

Alicia Almond, Bowling Green, Defender
Senior, Findlay, Ohio (Findlay)
Assisted on both of BGSU's goals in Sunday's Xavier match.

Ainsley Wheldon, Buffalo, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Waterloo, Ontario (Bluevale Collegiate Institute)
Wheldon stopped eight shots against Wyoming in her first collegiate start in goal, her second appearance of the season... She had a busy afternoon against Denver with nine saves - nearly matching the amount of saves she recorded during the first two games of the season... Within the 12 minutes following the second Denver goal Sunday, Wheldon turned away five shots on goal and four corner kicks.

Shay Mannino, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior, Grosse Ile, Mich. (Grosse Ile HS)
Mannino continued her personal shutout streak to open the season to 180 minutes over the weekend. The senior turned aside all four shots she faced in her starts against Northern Iowa and Iowa at the Iowa Tournament. She stopped the only shot UNI placed on goal in Friday's victory and made three more saves against Iowa on Sunday.

Liesel Toth, Central Michigan, Defender
Junior, Victor, N.Y. (Victor HS)
Reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Week Liesel Toth flexed her offensive muscles over the weekend. The junior defender netted the game-winner in Friday's 2-0 victory over Northern Iowa and nearly put another one in against Iowa on Sunday when her shot rang off the crossbar.

Jessacca Gironda, Kent State, Forward
Freshman, Akron, Ohio (Hoban)
Gironda continued her stellar start to her freshman campaign, as the freshman tallied a goal and an assist in Kent State's lone game on the weekend, a 2-2 draw at Cleveland State. Battling warm weather on a playing surface that neared triple digits, Gironda is the team leader in scoring through two games with two goals and an assist for five points.

Jess Kodiak, Miami, Midfielder
Sophomore, Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North HS)
Kodiak led Miami to a pair of 2-1 wins over the weekend at the Lady Govs Invitational, as she played a part in three of Miami's four goals. In Friday's win over Chattanooga, Kodiak had a pair of assists, as she set up both RedHawk tallies, including the game-winner, which came off her corner kick in the 75th minute. It was her second multi-assist game of the season, as she played all 90 minutes. In Sunday's victory over Western Illinois, Kodiak got Miami on the board early as she scored unassisted just 6:10 into the match. She took four shots in the match and put all of them on goal while playing all but 10 minutes of that game.

Brooke Livingston, Miami, Defender
Senior, Lisle, Ill. (Wheaton Warrenville South HS)
Livingston, the 2010 captain, anchored Miami's defense to help lead the RedHawks to two neutral-site wins at the Lady Govs Invitational, while also scoring her first goal of the season. She played the full 90 minutes in both matches and helped limit each opponent to just three shots in the entire match, including one shot combined in the first halves. Each foe also managed to get just two shots on target. In Friday's win over Chattanooga, Livingston came up big after the Lady Mocs had tied the game at 1-1, as 39 seconds after Chattanooga had evened the match, Livingston headed home the game-winning goal in the 75th minute off a corner kick to give the 'Hawks a 2-1 win.

Kelsey Passaglia, Northern Illinois, Forward
Junior, Cary, Ill. (Cary-Grove)
Kelsey Passaglia lifted the Huskies to a 1-0 victory over Creighton in NIU's regular season home opener when she scored on a penalty kick in the 66th minute of play to give the Huskies the win. Passaglia again helped lead the Huskies to victory over Northern Iowa, when she notched her second goal of the season in a match-up agaisnt UNI, Sunday. Passaglia scored the second goal of the game in the Huskies 3-2 victory, while leading the Huskies with eight shots and three shots on goal.

Christen Schuler, Northern Illinois, Defender
Senior, Aurora, Ill. (Waubonsie Valley)
Senior defender Christen Schuler hit the game-winning goal in the Huskies 3-2 victory over Northern Iowa this past Sunday. Schuler found the top right corner of the net with a header to give the Huskies the win. Schuler also hit three shots, with two shots on goal in the contest to push her season totals to six and four, respectively.

Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori HS of Univ. Circle)
Liston tallied 16 saves while being named to the All-Tournament Team of the Gamecock Courtyard Cup during the weekend. The freshman picked up seven saves while allowing just her first goal of the season against Bucknell Friday. She followed it up with a stellar nine saves against South Carolina Sunday.

Cathryn Rogers, Ohio, Midfielder
Sophomore, Toronto, Ontario (Silverthorn Collegiate Institute)
Rogers led Ohio offensively with seven shots, including four on goal in the Bobcats' two games at the Gamecock Courtyard Cup in Columbia, S.C. The sophomore landed both of her shots on goal in Friday's game against Bucknell and then tallied a game-high five shots, two of which were on goal, in Ohio's contest with No. 13 South Carolina.

Nicole Dulyea, Western Michigan, Midfielder
Senior, Kentwood, Mich. (East Kentwood)
Dulyea helped dominate possession in the midfield and tallied her first goal of the season off of a corner kick in WMU's 2-0 win over Oakland. Dulyea also had a shot on goal in WMU's 1-0 loss at Michigan State.

Julia Francy, Western Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior, Westerville, Ohio (Westerville Central)
Francy made three saves in WMU's 2-0 win over Oakland to earn the 13th shutout of her career. She also made a season-high six saves in the Broncos' 1-0 loss at Michigan State.