CLEVELAND, Ohio – Miami University’s Jess Kodiak and Kent State’s Hannah Newhouse have claimed the honors of MAC Women’s Soccer Players of the Week. Kodiak collected the offensive honors, while Newhouse took the defensive.
Offensive Player of the Week
Jess Kodiak, Miami, Midfielder
Senior, Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North HS)
Kodiak led Miami to a 2-0 start to begin the 2012 season, as Miami won both games a combined 8-0. The RedHawks’ captain totaled three goals and two assists in the pair of games for an eight-point weekend. In the season opener Friday, she tallied a goal and an assist to lead Miami to a 3-0 win over Xavier. She set up the game-winning goal in the 13th minute and capped the victory over the Musketeers by scoring Miami’s third goal. On Sunday in a 5-0 romp at IUPUI, Kodiak had two goals and an assist for a five-point game, just one point shy of her career high. She did all her damage in the first 15 minutes of the second half to put a tight game out of reach. She scored her first goal just 2:30 into the second stanza to make it a 3-0 game, then added an assist seven minutes later and scored her second goal three minutes after that. The two goals in the game also matched her career high.
Defensive Player of the Week
Hannah Newhouse, Kent State, Defender
Senior, Strongsville, Ohio (Laurel HS)
Newhouse was a key factor in Kent State allowing just four shots on goal while aiding the team on the offensive end of the field. Against Cleveland State, Newhouse, the anchor of the Kent State back line, helped the defense in giving up just seven shots – and no shots on goal – in the team's 2-0 shutout. Also in that game, Newhouse fired a long free kick that resulted in a Cleveland State own goal. Later in the game, her free kick on another restart was a key factor in setting up Kent State's second goal of the game. In Kent State's win over Morehead State, Newhouse and the defense gave up just eight shots and four shots on goal in the 4-1 victory. Newhouse played all 180 minutes in the two victories.
Stefanie Turner, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior, Livonia, Michigan (Livonia Churchill HS)
Stefanie Turner posted her fifth career shutout in the Chippewas season-opening 1-0 win at Detroit. Behind the strong defensive line, Turner made three saves, including one off a Detroit set piece with just minutes remaining before halftime to preserve a 0-0 draw at the half.
Amy Carr, Northern Illinois, Goalkeeper
Jr. Hemel Hempstead, England (Townsend Church of England)
Amy Carr finished the weekend 1-1 between the sticks, earning a shutout at SIUE and recording three saves. Carr stepped onto the pitch for the last 43 minutes of the match at Drake and played all 90 minutes against the Cougars to earn her 10th career clean sheet The shutout now ties Carr for second all-time in the Northern Illinois annals behind former MAC record holder Lindsey Curnock (25).
Jenn O’Dell, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
R. Freshman, Troy, Michigan (Athens)
O'Dell played solidly in goal for the Eagles in two games over the weekend, stopping 21 shots and helping her team earn a tie against Oakland on Sunday.
Olivia Evans, Miami, Defender
Soph. Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Coffman HS/UNC Charlotte)
Evans helped guide Miami to a pair of shutouts on opening weekend, just the third time in program history the RedHawks have pitched two shutouts to start the season. She played a total of 161 minutes in the two games, starting both, including all 90 minutes in a 5-0 win at IUPUI Sunday. Friday’s game vs. Xavier was her first game as a RedHawk after transferring from UNC Charlotte, but she showed no problem of stepping right in. Evans helped limit the Musketeers to just five shots total Friday and only one shot on goal. Sunday, Miami allowed just five shots on goal to the Jaguars
Cori Frankenberg, Northern Illinois, Forward
Junior. Appleton, Wis. (Appleton East)
Junior Cori Frankenberg scored the Huskies game-winning goal Sunday afternoon at SIU-Edwardsville to lead NIU over the Cougars, 1-0. On a great individual effort in the 48th minute, Frankenberg dribbled 10-yards into the center of the 18-yard box and fired away to score the goal. The win snapped the Huskies eight-match winless streak (Oct. 7, 2011; W, 1-0 Buffalo) and equaled the team's record, 1-1-0.
Kristin Markiewicz, Buffalo, Defender
Freshman, Erie, PA (Harbor Creek)
Kristin Markiewicz made her first collegiate game a memorable one, scoring the team's lone goal in her debut in the Blue and White. Playing up on the attack, the freshman from Erie, PA blasted a shot from just outside the box, but it was smothered by a Colgate defender. After regaining possession of the carom, Markiewicz took a bit off and curled a soft shot into the top left corner of the goal to knot the score at 1-1.
Grace Campbell, Ohio, Defender
Freshman, Wadsworth, Ohio (Wadsworth)
Grace performed admirably during her first two career matches for the Bobcats, playing all 180 minutes of the matches during opening weekend. The freshman was thrown right into the fire during her first matches, starting at center back on Friday and Sunday. Campbell did a good job of handling many of the challenges which came her way, playing an important role on a defense which has seen significant changes since the 2011 season due to a large graduating senior class.
Kaely Schlosser, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Junior, Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills (Central HS)
Schlosser netted her first goal of the season and what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 88th minute at Detroit in the Chippewas' season-opening 1-0 win over the Titans. She created numerous offensive chances for the Chippewas with a game-high six shots, including five in the second half. In addition to the game-winning goal, Schlosser had another strike ricochet off the crossbar, just inches from a second goal.
Jessacca Gironda, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Akron, Ohio (Hoban)
Gironda moved into sole possession of sixth place in team history with 16 career goals after notching two goals in as many games to start the 2012 season. Gironda added an insurance strike against Cleveland State Aug. 17 to aid in Kent State's 2-0 shutout over the Vikings. Then, Gironda struck again in Kent State's 4-1 win over Morehead State Aug. 19. Just a junior, Gironda is also now 10th in team history with 39 career points.
Maggie Murnane, Ohio, Midfield/Forward
Junior, Libertyville, Ill. (Dayton)
Maggie had a very strong week for the Bobcats, starting both of Ohio’s weekend matches. The two starts were the first of her Bobcat career. Murnane played 153 minutes throughout the weekend and scored Ohio’s first goal of the season in the 25th minute against Indiana. In addition to her goal against the Hoosiers, Murnane played well against Wright State on Friday, registering one of Ohio’s four shots on target. The transfer from the University of Dayton has already shown an impressive knack to adapt to her new teammates and a new system.
Bianca Ross, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Mississauga, Ontario-St, (Marcellinus)
Rossi capped off a five-point weekend with two goals and an assist in games against Pitt and Oakland. On Sunday vs. Oakland, Rossi brought EMU back from a 3-1 deficit with back-to-back goals in the 43rd and 54th minutes to earn the Eagles a 3-3 tie and snap an eight-game losing streak to the Golden Grizzlies dating back to 1998. The two-goal performance was the second of her young career. She completes the first weekend of the season in a tie with the team lead in points (5).
Megan Waskowski, Akron, Forward
Freshman, Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville HS)
Waskowski scored a goal and added an assist in her first collegiate game as the Zips defeated Morehead State, 3-2, at FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field in Akron on Friday. She scored Akron's first goal in the 17th minute and assisted Lexa Green's goal in the 29th minute.
Rachel MacLeod, Toledo, Forward
Junior, Westerville, Ohio (Westerville Central)
Junior Rachel MacLeod accounted for Toledo’s lone goal against Belmont on Sunday, marking the 16th time in the last 25 matches she has tallied either a marker or an assist. Last fall, MacLeod led the MAC in total points (31), goals (11) and match-winning scores (6), as well as tied for first in helpers (9) to become the second player in school history to earn MAC Offensive Player of the Year accolades.