MAC Announces Women’s Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 9/10/2012

Women's Soccer MAC Offensive Player of the Week 
Cathryn Rogers, Ohio University, Midfielder
Senior, Etobicoke, Ontario (Silverthorn, Collegiate Institute) 
Opponent Results: 1-0 win vs. Niagara on Sept. 7 2-1 win vs. Cleveland State on Sept. 9
Cathryn had another incredible week for Ohio Soccer, scoring one game-winning goal and providing the assist on another teammate’s game-winner. The senior scored her fourth goal in just three matches (fifth of the season) on Friday against Niagara in the 59th minute, pacing Ohio to a 1-0 victory. This was her third game-winning goal of the 2012 season. Facing a 1-1 score on Sunday against Cleveland State, Rogers bent in a terrific corner kick which lead to teammate Holly Harris’ second goal of the match, one which would eventually be the game-winner. 

Women's Soccer MAC Defensive Player of the Week 
Alex Luevano-Harden, Akron, Goalkeeper, 
R Sophomore, Las Vegas, Nev. (Arbor View HS)
Opponent Results: Akron def. Cleveland State, 2-0, on Sept. 7 Akron def. Canisius, 1-0, on Sept. 9
Luevano-Harden posted two shutouts in goal this week - the first two of her career - as she helped the Zips to wins over Cleveland State (2-0) and Canisius (1-0). She made three saves on Friday against Cleveland State and a career-high six saves on Sunday against Canisius, while playing all 90 minutes between the pipes in both games. Luevano-Harden now has a 0.83 goals against average on the season as she has allowed only three goals in over 326 minutes of action.


Other Nominees:

Kelly DeNiro, Akron, Midfielder
Junior,  Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Watterson HS) 

DeNiro led the Zips to a 2-0 week starting on Friday at Cleveland State when she registered a career-high three points on a goal and an assist. DeNiro had a hand in both of Akron's goals in the Zips 2-0 win over the Vikings as she assisted Megan Waskowski's game-winner in the 67th minute and then scored her first goal of the season in the 83rd to give Akron an insurance goal. She led the UA offense with five shots, including three on goal against Cleveland State. On Sunday, DeNiro recorder three shots - all on goal - in Akron's 1-0 win over Canisius. 

Pavla Benyrova, Ball State, Defender
Sophomore, Prague, Czech Republic (Gymnasium Prague 9)
Pavla Benyrova was named to the all-tournament team over the weekend at Hawaii’s Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic. She led a Ball State defensive effort that allowed just 17 shots and seven shots on goal through two double-overtime games and 220 total minutes. The Cardinals allowed only two goals on the weekend. Benyrova has played a key role in limiting Ball State’s opponents to just five goals over the past six games with no opponent scoring more than once.
Nicole Pembleton, Ball State, Forward
Sophomore, Mississauga, Ontario (Clarkson Secondary)
Nicole Pembleton scored the game-tying goal late in Ball State’s Friday game at Hawaii. She gathered a deflection from the Hawaii goalkeeper and drilled it into the bottom left corner of the net in the 80th minute to help Ball State secure a 1-1 tie. It was the third key goal Pembleton has been a part of this year. She scored a game-winner in overtime against Xavier and assisted on a game-winner against IPFW within the past two weeks. Pembleton leads Ball State with five points on the season.
Becca Ison, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
5-Senior, Kettering, Ohio (Archbishop Alter)
Made five saves in the Falcons’ lone match of the week, a 3-0 loss at Valparaiso.  Ison and the BGSU defense held Valpo scoreless for a half, but the Crusaders broke through with a goal in the 54th minutes before scoring twice in the final 10 minutes of play. Ison now has a total of 25 saves this season to date.
Christen Chiesa, Central Michigan Midfielder 
Freshman, Pittsburgh, Pa. (South Park HS)
Chiesa made the most of her first collegiate start this weekend, scoring her first collegiate goal in the 12th minute of a 2-0 shutout at Texas State on Friday. Chiesa fired a shot from 30 yards out that eluded the Texas State goalkeeper and found its way to the back of the net, giving the Chippewas an early 1-0 lead in their first-ever match in the state of Texas.
Katie Slaughter, Central Michigan, Defender
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Anderson HS) 
Slaughter was an instrumental leader on a CMU defense that shut out Texas State, 2-0, on Friday and limited the offensive firepower of No. 14 Texas A&M for much of a 2-0 loss on Sunday. Slaughter and the CMU defense allowed Texas State just one shot in the first half of Friday's match, and just three shots on goal in total. The shutout was the fourth of the season for the Chippewas. Against the  No. 14 Aggies, Slaughter and the defensive line held firm against a dangerous and physical offense, not allowing them to keep extended possession for much of the match.
Cara Cutaia, Eastern Michigan, Midfielder
Junior,  Burlington, Ontario, ( Notre Dame Catholic)
Cutaia registered her sixth point in her last three games when she scored the game-winning tally Friday against IUPUI. The junior leads all EMU midfielders with seven points (two goals, three assists) and is third on the team. Her game winner gave the Eagles a 3-2-1 record on the season and put the team over .500 for the first time since 2010.
Jenna O'Dell, Eastern Michigan,  Goalkeeper
R Freshman, Troy, Mich.  (Athens)
O'Dell recorded her second-career shutout Friday in a 2-0 win against IUPUI. The redshirt freshman stopped all five shots directed at her and made several key saves to lead the Eagles to their second straight win. WIth the win, the Eagles moved to 3-2-1 at the time and moved past the .500 mark for the first time since the 2010 season.
Allison Norenberg, Miami, Goalkeeper
Redshirt Sophomore, Palatine, Ill. (William Fremd HS)
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Allison Norenberg led the RedHawks to their third straight victory with a 4-0 blanking of Austin Peay Friday in Oxford. She made a season-high five saves to record her second clean sheet of the season and sixth of her career. Norenberg’s first save of the day may have been the most important as a Lady Gov forward got behind the Miami defense and was in alone but Norenberg made a diving stop to her left to keep the game scoreless early in the first half, allowing Miami to get its offense going. With the shutout, she dropped her GAA from 1.06 to 0.88 for the year and improved her record in 2012 to 5-1-0.
Kayla Zakrzewski, Miami, Midfielder 
Junior, London, Ont. (A.B. Lucas SS)
Junior Kayla Zakrzewski helped Miami to its third straight victory, a convincing 4-0 win over Austin Peay Friday in Oxford. Zakrzewski was a menace for the Lady Govs, running up and down the flanks and causing havoc on their defense. She scored Miami’s third goal of the match in the 67th minute to lock up the victory, making a great run from her wing position into the middle of the box where she finished a cross with a one-timer off her foot for a textbook goal – her second tally of the year. Her speed and endurance helped wear down the defense in her 60 minutes of action as she started the match. She fired two shots in the contest, both of which were on target and one of which went in the goal.
Lauren Eberts, Northern Illinois, Defender 
Senior, Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North) 
Senior Lauren Eberts was an integral cog in the Northern Illinois backline Sunday afternoon that shutout Eastern Illinois 1-0. Eberts, along with her teammates on defense, did not allow the Panthers to put a shot on goal and blocked three of EIU's seven shots. It was the first time since Aug. 29, 2008 that NIU did not allow a shot on goal in the match.
Cori Frankenberg, Northern Illinois, Forward 
Junior, Appleton, Wis. (Appleton East) 
Junior Cori Frankenberg scored her third game-winning goal of the season at Eastern Illinois to lead the Huskies to victory, 1-0. The Appleton, Wis. native notched the score in the fourth minute of action on a rebounded shot five yards from the net to give NIU its third win of the year. Friday at Northwestern, Frankenberg was disruptive in the attacking third and took one of the Huskies two shots on frame.
Gabby Hausfeld, Ohio University, Defense
Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio, (Ursuline Academy)
Gabby has been an integral part of a very solid Ohio defense which has only allowed one goal in the last 405 minutes. The sophomore started both matches of the weekend and played all 180 minutes in Friday’s 1-0 win over Niagara and Sunday’s 2-1 triumph over Cleveland State. Time and again, Gabby showed experience beyond her years over the weekend, defusing multiple opponent attacks. The sophomore and the rest of her defensive line played a stifling brand of defense throughout the 180 minutes of action, allowing only 16 shots, of which only six were on target.