Miami Sweeps Final Women's Soccer Player of the Week Awards

Updated 11/2/2009

MAC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
Stephanie Laser, Miami, Midfielder
Senior, Hinsdale, Ill. (Hinsdale Central)

Laser had a five-point weekend, including her first-career three-point game in Thursday's win over Ball State. Against the Cardinals, she scored the game's first goal, which was the game-winner, less than nine minutes into the match on a rocket from 35 yards out that beat the BSU keeper. She also added an assist on Miami's eighth and final goal against Ball State. In Sunday's 2-0 quarterfinal win at Akron, Laser added an insurance goal by heading home a free kick in the second half. She had scored just two goals in her entire four-year career entering the weekend. Laser placed three of her five shots over the weekend on goal with two going in.

MAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Krista Pace, Miami, Goalkeeper
Senior, Toronto, Ont. (Birchmont Park)

Pace broke Miami's single-season shutouts record with a pair of shutouts over the weekend, including a clean sheet in Miami's quarterfinal victory at Akron, for a 0.00 GAA and 1.000 save percentage. She now has pitched three consecutive shutouts, giving her eight on the year, which broke a single-season mark that had stood since 2001. Pace made nine saves on the weekend, including seven in an 8-0 defeat of Ball State. Her 0.61 GAA this year also sets a Miami single-season record, while she is already Miami's all-time saves and shutouts record holder.

Other Nominees
Paige Sheridan, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Junior, Farmington Hills, Mich. (Mercy)

Sheridan scored the only goal given up by Central Michigan in MAC regular season play with a score in the 11th minute of a 1-1 tie last Thursday. She then scored a goal and an assist in leading the Eagles' to a quarterfinal win over Kent State Sunday, advancing them to the semifinals next weekend. She's second on the team in points scored with 13 and is tied for the team lead in assists with five.

Julie Kaim, Eastern Michigan, Defender
Sophomore, Palos Hills, Ill. (AA Stagg)
Kaim helped lead the Eagles' to their 10th shutout of the season and assisted on a goal in a 3-0 quarterfinal win over Kent State last Sunday. She has a goal and three assists on the season while helping anchor the EMU back line.

Kelsey Pichel, Ohio, Midfielder
Sophomore, Rochester Hills, Mich. (Stoney Creek)

Pichel led Ohio with an assist and four shots, including two on goal for the week. She assisted on the Bobcats' goal against Toledo in the second half of Sunday's MAC Tournament game.

Sarah Brown, Ohio, Defender
Junior, North Royalton, Ohio (North Royalton)

Brown scored her first goal of the season and her career against Toledo in the second half Sunday. She has helped anchor an Ohio defense that posted five shutouts over the final 10 conference games.