MAC Offensive Player of the Week
Jordan Clark, Akron, Midfielder
Junior, Brecksville, Ohio (Brecksville-Broadview Hts HS)
Clark scored three goals over the weekend in Akron wins over Kent State and Buffalo. Clark opened the scoring in the first half of the Kent State game, finishing a corner in the 17th minute. She followed up that effort with two goals against Buffalo on Sunday. She scored on another corner in the 25th minute, this time rising above a crowd to head the ball into the top of the net. She then converted a set piece with a wonderful strike from 28 yards, curling a shot inside the near post in the 79th minute. From her defensive midfield position, Clark also aided a UA defense that allowed just one goal over the weekend.
MAC Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Amy Carr, Northern Illinois, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Hemel Hempstead, England (Townsend Church of England)
Freshman Amy Carr posted ten saves over the weekend to help lead the Huskies close out their home schedule with a pair of victories. In Sunday's contest against BGSU Carr recorded two saves to earn her seventh shutout of the season, a mark that places her third in the NIU history books for most shutouts in a single season. In the Huskies first contest of the weekend Carr registered eight saves against MAC East leader Miami, allowing just one goal off a penalty kick, to lead the Huskies to the 2-1 victory.
Vicki Traven, Toledo, Goalkeeper
Junior, St. Charles, IL (North)
Vicki Traven totaled 10 saves in a pair of shutout victories against Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan this past weekend. The 2008 MAC Freshman of the Year finished with 10 stops vs. the Chippewas last Friday and did not have to make any saves against the Eagles in two days later. The St. Charles, IL native now has nine shutouts on the season, including seven in the 10 MAC matches. In league contests, Traven has yielded only three tallies in 923:40 for a miniscule 0.29 goals-against average.
Michelle Smith, Akron, Goalkeeper
Senior, Las Vegas, Nev. (Austin Peay)
Smith guided Akron to two wins over the weekend, allowing just one goals and making eight saves. She made five stops in the double overtime win over Kent State on Friday, while allowing just one goal, getting beat in a one on one situation. She then recorded the shutout in the win over Buffalo, making three saves and couple of important clearances of crosses. It was the first shutout of her Zip career, after transferring from Austin Peay two seasons ago.
Alexa Arsenault, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Senior, Richmond Hill, Ontario (St. Theresa of Lisieux)
Had a total of nine saves and a goals-against average of 1.00 in the Falcons' two games last week ... made five stops against Western Michigan and four more in the Northern Illinois match ... on the year, has 82 saves and a GAA of 1.32 ... in MAC play, her GAA is 1.22.
Danielle Quigley, Buffalo, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Arvada, Colo. (Arvada West)
Quigley made several key saves in overtime and double overtime to help the Bulls defense in just her second start of the season... her 11 saves against Ohio were a season and career high for the sophomore keeper.
Liesel Toth, Central Michigan, Defender
Junior, Victor, N.Y. (Victor)
Liesel Toth played all 90 minutes in both matches at Toledo and Ball State over the weekend for CMU. On Friday, Toth helped hold the Rocket offense to just four shots during the match, while out shooting UT by herself with five shots in the game. The junior led the CMU defense in Sunday's 2-0 win over Ball State, holding BSU to just seven shots in the match and helping the Chippewas earn their league leading 12th shutout of the season. Toth's play on both defense and offense allowed the Chippewas to out shoot their opponents a combined 47-11 in it's two matches.
Laura Twidle, Central Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Mississauga, Ontario (Erindale)
Sophomore Laura Twidle led the CMU offense, scoring both goals in the Chippewa's 2-0 win at Ball State Sunday. Twidle scored her fifth goal of the season in the 12th minute on a feed from Ashley Mejilla. The sophomore fired a shot from 18 yards out and found the back of the net. Twidle scored her second goal of the game on her first career penalty kick in the 63rd minute after a BSU foul in the box. The Mississaugua, Ontario native finished the day with a career-high seven shots and scored two goals for the second time this season. She now leads the team with 14 points on six goals and two assists.
Monique Budani, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior, Whitby, Ontario (Sinclair)
Senior goalkeeper Monique Budani set the EMU all-time single-season saves record after making her second of eight saves in a 1-0 double-overtime shutout victory over Ball State Friday, Oct. 22. Budani, who has already set the EMU career saves record earlier this season, pushed her season total to 139 saves after stopping six more shots at Toledo on Sunday. Her impressive total is the standard in the MAC, as well as the nation, so far this season. Also, her sixth shutout of the season in Friday's win tallied the 22nd shutout of her illustrious career.
Annie Messer, Kent State, Midfielder
Senior, Dayton, Ohio (West Carrollton)
Messer scored Kent State's overtime game-winning goal against Ohio Oct. 24, her second goal of the year. Messer also assisted on Kent State's first goal of the game in the 12th minute, and added another point with an assist Friday at Akron.
Kelly Sherwood, Kent State, Goalkeeper
Junior, Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville)
Sherwood now ranks fourth in team history in career saves, aided by a 10-save weekend. Against Akron, Sherwood made six saves in the overtime contest. Sherwood then followed up with a four-save effort in the win at Ohio.
Kelsey Passaglia, Northern Illinois, Forward
Junior, Cary, IL (Cary-Grove)
A strong offensive force this entire season, Passaglia hit the game-winning goal in the Huskies 1-0 victory over BGSU, that gave the Huskies their seventh shutout win of the season, and fourth shutout against a MAC team. Passaglia also recorded an assist in NIU's 2-1 win over MIami in the Huskies first contest of the weekend to help the Huskies to victory. Passaglia concluded the weekend with three points, two goals & one assist, five shots on three shots on goal.
Sarah Brown, Ohio, Defender
Senior, North Royalton, Ohio (North Royalton HS)
Brown anchored Ohio's defense to its sixth shutout of the season against Buffalo. She helped the 'Cats' defense hold the Bulls to just five shots overall and only one shot over the last 65 minutes of play. The senior also helped herself with two shots against Buffalo, including one on goal.
Kelsey Pichel, Ohio, Midfielder
Junior, Rochester Hills, Mich. (Stoney Creek HS)
Pichel led Ohio with three points and a team-high seven shots while landing all but two of her shots on goal during the weekend. Against Buffalo, the junior recorded a game-high five shots with three landing on goal. She followed that against Kent State with a goal and an assist while putting both of her shots on goal. After assisting on the Bobcats' first goal of the game, she tallied her second score of the season in the 55th minute to give Ohio the lead. The junior leads Ohio in both shots and shots on goal this season.
Kristen Lynn, Toledo, Forward
Junior, Strongsville, OH (Strongsville)
Kristen Lynn was credited with match-winning goals in both of Toledo's wins this past weekend. On Friday vs. Central Michigan, Lynn scored the match's lone tallies on a penalty kick in the 58th minute to give the Midnight Blue & Gold sole possession of first place in the MAC West Division standings. The Strongsville, OH native is now 3-of-4 on PKs this season. Two days later vs. Eastern Michigan, Lynn perfectly lofted a shot from approximately 10-yards out over the head of Eagles goalie, who had come off her line, and landed it just inside the far post for her seventh goal of the season. Lynn now leads the team in points (18) and is tied for the lead in goals (7) and match-winning scores (3).
Kelsey Baskins, Western Michigan, Defender
Sophomore, Novi, Mich. (Northville)
Baskins' play at centerback helped the Broncos to their sixth shutout of the season and fifth shutout at home. Her play on Sunday helped the Broncos a 1-1 tie with MAC East leaders Miami.
Megan Matula, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Mason, Ohio (Mason)
Matula netted the game-winner in double overtime to down Bowling Green, 1-0 on Friday. It was her career-high third goal of the season and handed WMU its first win in six overtime games this season. The win also clinched a spot in the MAC Tournament for the Broncos. On Sunday she assisted on the game-tying goal against Miami to help keep the Broncos undefeated at the WMU Soccer Complex this season.