CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ball State's Skylar Chew and Buffalo's Katie Roberts have earned the honors for MAC Women’s Soccer Players of the Week. Roberts collected the offensive honors, while Chew received the offensive.
Offensive Player of the Week
Katie Roberts, Buffalo, Forward
Sophomore Homerville, OH / Cloverleaf
Katie Roberts led the Bulls to an undefeated week thanks to a pair of critical goals in rivalry games. On Thursday, she scored the opening and eventual game-winning goal in a win over Canisius after collecting a rebound and scoring the put back. On Sunday, she scored the team's lone goal in a 1-1 tie on the road at St. Bonaventure. After taking a pass from Taylor Thompson, Roberts squared up from the top of the box and, though it was initially deflected by Bonaventure goalie Christina Sarokon, the ball skidded over the line to open the scoring.
Defensive Player of the Week
Skylar Chew, Ball State, Defender
Senior, Mason, Ohio (Mason HS)
Skylar Chew helped the Ball State defense shut down its opponents over the weekend and also factored heavily in a pair of key goals, helping the Cardinals win two games and claim a share of the Ball State Tournament title. Chew gave the Cardinals the lead in the second half of Friday’s 2-1 victory over Northern Kentucky, scoring with a header off a corner kick. Sunday against Xavier, she assisted on an important goal when her header onto the foot of teammate Aubrey Hauenstein led to the game-tying tally. Ball State went on defeat Xavier, 2-1, in two overtimes. For the weekend, Chew led a Ball State back line that surrendered just two goals. She helped the Cardinals limit their opponents to a combined 10 shots on goal while playing all 197:41 in the field over the two games.
Tracy Togba, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Orange Village, Ohio (Hawken)
Scored the first goal of the match in the Falcons’ lone match of the week, a 2-1 victory over IUPUI. Fired a turnaround shot into the far upper corner of the net from approximately 20 yards out, giving BGSU a 1-0 lead early in the second half. Togba leads the team with three points on the young season.
Becca Ison, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Senior, Kettering, Ohio (Archbishop Alter)
Made five saves, including one in the final minute of play, to help the Falcons to a 2-1 victory in their lone match of the week, a 2-1 win over IUPUI. Her total of five saves included several acrobatic stops in the second half of the win.
Rachel Chaney, Western Michigan, Midfielder
Sophomore, Shelby Township, Mich./Utica
Chaney netted two goals on the weekend to help WMU improve to 2-1-0 on the season. She netted the first goal of the game in Friday's 2-1 win at the College of Charleston. On Sunday she netted the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute to give the Broncos a 2-1 win over Coastal Carolina at the Coastal Carolina College Classic. She was a part of a midfield that dominated possession on the weekend, allowing no shots by the opposition in the first half of each game.
Kelsey Baskins, Western Michigan, Defender
Senior, Novi, Mich./Northville
Baskins manned a back line that did not surrender a single shot in the first half of each of WMU's wins on the weekend. Baskins helped hold the College Of Charleston to zero first half shots and just two shots on goal in the Broncos' 2-1 win. On Sunday she once again helped the Broncos hold Coastal Carolina to zero shots in the first half and four shots on goal in their 2-1 win over Coastal Carolina.
Haley Walter, Miami, Midfielder
Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio (Kings HS)
Walter had a career weekend, helping Miami go 1-1 against strong competition. She scored two goals, the first two of her career, in Sunday’s 4-2 win at Milwaukee, who is receiving votes in the NSCAA Division I Poll. She was instrumental in a three-goal, second-half comeback against the Panthers in the rain. After Miami fell behind 2-1 early in the second half, her cross into the box helped lead to the tying goal. She then scored the RedHawks’ next two goals to give Miami the victory, including scoring the game-winning goal, the first of her career. She dominated the right flank all game, firing a game-high seven shots in the match, including four on goal, while getting behind the defense several times. In Friday’s loss to Northwestern, Walter took one shot in 71 minutes of action. She started both games on the weekend, totaling 138 minutes of playing time, while taking eight shots and notching four points on her two goals.
Olivia Evans, Miami, Defender
Sophomore, Dublin, Ohio (Coffman HS/UNC Charlotte)
Evans started both games last weekend at center back for Miami and played the entire game in both matches for 180 minutes. She kept Miami’s back line organized and her strong defensive play Sunday at Milwaukee helped the RedHawks start a rally and take control of the match in the second half. She helped limit the Panthers to just five shots on goal Sunday while Northwestern managed to put just four shots on target Friday.
Laura Twidle, Central Michigan Forward
Senior, Missassauga, Ontario / Erindale SS
Twidle scored the opening goal in the Chippewas’ 2-0 defeat of West Virginia Friday evening at the Penn State Invitational. In the second minute, Twidle took a shot to the upper left portion of the goal, which went over the goalkeeper’s head and into the back of the net. The goal was assisted by Katie Slaughter. Twidle took a team-high two shots, one of which was thegoal. She also contributed two shots, one on goal, in the Chippewas’ 5-0 loss to Penn State, in which the Chippewas took twice as many shots as the Nittany Lions.
Katie Slaughter, Central Michigan, Defender
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson HS
Slaughter was a key contributor in helping the Chippewas earn a 2-0 shutout victory over West Virginia Friday night. Not only did her defensive efforts keep the Mountaineers off the scoreboard, her offensive contributions were instrumental in the victory. She assisted on both of theChippewas’ goals, one to forward Laura Twidle in the second minute and another to Morgan Wilcoxon just before halftime to give the Chippewas a 2-0 cushion at the half.
Ainsley Wheldon, Buffalo, Goalkeeper
Junior, Waterloo, Ontario / Bluevale Collegiate
Despite facing almost 40 shots over a two-game span, Ainsley Wheldon was solid in the net over the weekend for the Bulls, making nine saves and securing her first shutout of the season. On Thursday, she stopped three shots on goal, including two tough headers that were sure to find pay dirt, and shutout local rival Canisius. On Sunday, she gave up a goal to St. Bonaventure after an errant pass by the UB defense led to a breakaway shot. Aside from that, she made six saves and weathered a storm of pressure by the Bonnies. For the season, Wheldon has a 0.93 goals-against average and an .842 save percentage.
Stephanie Haugh, Kent State, Forward
Sophomore, Richmond Hill, Ontario (St. Theresa)
Haugh scored Kent State's goal in the Golden Flashes' tie at Valparaiso Aug. 24. Her goal was the second in as many games this season, moving her into a tie for the team lead early on in points (2g/1a/5p).
Stephanie Senn, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Grand Island, N.Y. (Grand Island)
Senn made three saves in Kent State's 1-1 draw at Valparaiso Aug. 24. Through her first three games as a collegiate goalkeeper, Senn owns a 0.62 GAA.
Megan Waskowski, Akron, Forward,
Freshman, Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville HS)
Waskowski assisted on both Akron goals Friday as the Zips rallied from an early deficit to defeat VCU, 2-1, in the opening game of the Tennessee Lady Vol Classic. Waskowksi supplied the assist on Ashley Hughes' breakaway goal in the 37th minute and then assisted Hannah Werth's game-winner in the 85th. With the two assists in a single game, she became only the sixth player in Akron women's soccer history to accomplish that feat. It had occurred seven previous times. She was named to the all-tournament team.
Cathryn Rogers, Ohio University, Midfield
Senior, Etobicoke, Ontario, Silverthorn Collegiate Institute
Cathryn had a very strong week for the Bobcats, scoring two goals during Ohio’s weekend matches. The senior carried the team to its first victory of the 2012 season, scoring two goals in Ohio’s 2-0 win over Marshall on Sunday. Rogers opened the scoring in the eighth minute before putting the match away in the 76th with an excellent free kick 22 yards from goal. Rogers also led Ohio in shots on Friday afternoon at DePaul, firing three total shots, all of which were on target.
Sunday’s match was the first multi-goal game of Rogers’s career. She’s now scored nine goals in her Bobcat career, six of which have been game-winners. In 2012, Rogers has scored 75 percent of Ohio’s goals and leads her team in shots (10) and shots on goal (7) through four matches.
Mattie Liston, Ohio University, Goalkeeper
Junior, Lakewood, Ohio, Montessori HS of University Circle
Mattie had a strong week for the Bobcats, posting a 1-1 record in goal during Ohio’s weekend matches. The junior goalkeeper played all 90 minutes of Ohio’s 2-0 win over Marshall on Sunday, earning her first win (and shutout) of the season in the process. Liston was tested three times by the Thundering Herd and stopped each shot that came her way. The junior played a heroic 90 minutes in Ohio’s loss at DePaul on Friday, making nine saves in a losing effort. She surpassed 200 career saves in the loss on Friday, setting herself in elite company in the Bobcat record book, as only three other Ohio goalkeepers have made 200 saves or more
Sarah Deakin, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Freshman, - Arva, Ontario/Medway
Deakin netted her first-career goal in a 1-0 shutout against Butler Sunday, Aug. 26. Deakin scored in the 64th minute after scooting past the Butler goaltender and tapping the ball into the yawning cage. She played 27 minutes in the game, which ended EMU's three-match homestand. EMU finished with a 1-1-1 record over those three games. Deakin is now third on the team with three shots.
Jenna O'Dell, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
R Freshman, Troy, Mich./Athens (Iowa State)
O'Dell earned her first collegiate victory and first with EMU after transferring from Iowa State. The redshirt freshman turned away all 10 Butler shots in a 1-0 shutout victory Sunday to cap off a 1-1-1 homestand. She made several critical saves to begin the second half, when the Bulldogs fired off three consecutive shots. O'Dell has now stopped 24-of-29 (.828) shots over three games this season. O'Dell and the Eagles earned their first shutout since Oct. 14, 2011, against NIU.