MAC Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 9/20/2010
MAC Women's Offensive Player of the Week
Abby Milillo, Ball State, Midfielder
RS Sophomore, Fairfield, Ohio (Badin)
Redshirt sophomore midfielder Abby Milillo led the Cardinals to their sixth win of the season and their best start since 2005 as they improved to 6-2-0 on the year with a 3-2 road win at Duquesne ... Milillo, who came into the game with four career points, scored a career-high five points as she was involved in all three Ball State goals as she scored two goals and handed out an assist on the game-winning tally ... She scored unassisted in the 24th and 71st minutes of action for her first multiple goal game of her career and the Cardinals' second multiple-goal contest of the year.

MAC Women's Defensive Player of the Week
Amy Carr, Northern Illinois, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Hemel Hempstead, England (Townsend Church of England)
Freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr boasted shutouts over Southern Illinois Edwardsville and Green Bay this past weekend to help lead NIU to victory. Carr recorded three saves to shutout SIUE and snap the Cougar's six-game undefeated streak. Carr went on to record five saves in a contest between NIU and Green Bay and lead the Huskies to their second shutout of the weekend.

Other Nominees:
Brigit Reder, Ball State, Defender
Sophomore, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)
Sophomore defender Brigit Reder helped lead the Cardinals to their third straight road victory and a 6-2-0 start to the season ... Reder quarterbacked the Cardinals' defense into another strong road performance in a 3-2 victory at Duquesne ... She has helped Ball State, which was picked last in the MAC preseason poll, to its best start since 2005.

Alyssa Zuccaro, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Mentor, Ohio (Mentor)
Was involved in the scoring of all three BG goals as the Falcons won at Indiana State, 3-2 ... had the first two-goal game of her career, rallying BGSU from a one-goal deficit each time, then assisted on the winning goal ... the five-point game was a career best ... she has topped her goal and point totals for all of last season ... Zuccaro has eight points on three goals and two assists ... she had two goals and seven points in 2009 ... the five-point day also enabled Zuccaro to move up five spots on the BGSU career scoring list ... she now has 26 career points, ranking her 13th in school history.

Ainsley Wheldon, Buffalo, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Waterloo, Ontario (Bluevale Collegiate Institute)
The freshman goalie just missed her first career shutout thanks to a deflection off a free kick in a 1-0 loss to Niagara... Wheldon then matched her previous career and season high of 10 saves in only a little over 72 minutes of play against Canisius... She now has 38 saves on the season, and her total saves and saves per game rank among the best in the conference.

Jennifer Gassman, Central Michigan, Forward
Freshman, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Freshman Jennifer Gassman scored her first career goal in at Indiana. Gassman's shot went through the goalkeepers hands from 14-yards out. Gassman added finished the game with three shots, two on goal.

Katie Slaughter, Central Michigan, Defender
Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio (Anderson)
Sophomore Katie Slaughter played a combined 195 minutes over the weekend in CMU's two games. Slaughter's defense helped stifle a Detroit offense that had scored 1.89 goals per game and ranked second in the Horizon league entering Friday's contest.

Monique Budani, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior, Whitby, Ontario (Sinclair)
Senior Monique Budani made 19 saves over the weekend to set the new all-time saves record at EMU. She now has 315 career saves, eclipsing Nikki Allen's ('04) old mark of 312. Budani leads the MAC in saves and saves per game as she has made 74 stops through nine matches so far this season.

Jessacca Gironda, Kent State, Forward
Freshman, Akron, Ohio (Hoban)
Through seven games, the freshman forward has been dominant offensively for Kent State, as the rookie tallied her fifth goal of the season Sunday at IUPUI. She currently ranks among the national leaders in goals scored and points per game.

Brooke Livingston, Miami, Defender
Senior, Lisle, Ill. (Wheaton Warrenville South)
Livingston helped Miami win a pair of matches over the weekend, as the senior captain anchored a RedHawk defense that pitched a shutout on Friday against Eastern Illinois. Livingston and the rest of the defense held the Panthers to just one shot in the match, which didn't come until the 83rd minute and was well off target while also not conceding a corner kick in the game. Sunday, she helped hold Evansville to just seven shots, including just four on target, with both of the Purple Aces' goals coming from long distance.

Giselle Mangal, Miami, Midfielder
Junior, Mississauga, Ont. (Louisville)
Mangal helped Miami go 2-0 on the weekend but came up especially large in Sunday's win over Evansville. She scored two goals -- her first two as a RedHawk after transferring from Louisville -- in the match, including the game-winner in the 81st minute, which broke a 2-2 tie. She snuck in behind the defense and dribbled around the keeper to register the go-ahead score. Mangal notched her first goal of the game in the 29th minute, which gave the RedHawks a 2-1 advantage. She started both matches over the weekend and ripped seven shots, including three on goal, against the Purple Aces, as she created several other scoring opportunities.

Shelbi Johnson, Northern Illinois, Forward
Sophomore, Bolingbrook, Ill. (Neuqua Valley)
Shelbi Johnson hit the game-winning goal in the Huskies 1-0 victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Friday. Johnson headed the ball into the back of the net off a set-piece in the 66th minute of play to give the Huskies the shutout victory. Johnson finished the weekend with two shot attempts, one each in NIU's victories over SIUE and Green Bay.

Paige Howard, Ohio, Defender
Sophomore, Mentor, Ohio (Lake Catholic)
Howard played a key role for Ohio's defense during the weekend. After helping Ohio allow just one goal against IPFW Friday, she tallied the first assist of her career in the Bobcats' win over Morehead State Sunday.

Erin Schwenke, Ohio, Forward
Sophomore, Solon, Ohio (Solon)
Schwenke led Ohio offensively during the weekend, scoring a goal and leading the team with five shots, including four on goal. In the Bobcats' game with IPFW Friday, the sophomore posted a team-high three shots, with two coming on goal. Sunday against Morehead State, she landed both of her shots on goal while also scoring a goal to lead Ohio to a 4-2 win.

Nicole Gyurgyik, Toledo, Forward
Freshman, Mayfield Heights, Ohio (Beaumont)
Freshman Nicole Gyurgyik's golden goal in the 101st minute lifted Toledo to a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Wright State on Friday at Alumni Field.  Gyurgyik, who celebrated her 18th birthday on Thursday, scored her first collegiate goal on a shot that bounced off the left post and trickled into the back of the net for the match winner at 100:32.

Alison Szczypka, Western Michigan, Defender
Junior, Novi, Mich. (Ladywood)
Szczypka's two goals helped the Broncos produce its largest offensive output since Sept. 9, 2001. Her play on the back line helped the Broncos dominate possession and hold Ohio Valley Conference Champions Murray State to just six shots and three shots on goal.