Offensive Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Angela Vultaggio, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Chesterfield, Mich. (L'Anse Creuse North)
Vultaggio scored two game-winning goals and added an assist for five points on the weekend as the Eagles defeated Bowling Green and shutout Central Michigan to take over first place in the West Division and get off to their first 4-0 start to conference play since the 1998 season. The sophomore now has 15 points on the season to lead the team. She broke a 1-1 tie on Friday against the Falcons with a goal in the 69th minute and started off the scoring with a booming kick from 20 yards out in the 36th minute against divisional rival CMU, which lost its first MAC game of the year. Vultaggio lifted the Eagles to a fourth straight win and their first four-game winning streak since the 2008 campaign.
Defensive Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Jenna O'Dell, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Troy, Mich./Athens (Iowa State)
O'Dell was the backbone for an EMU team which defeated Bowling Green and shutout Central Michigan to take over first place in the West Division and got off to their first 4-0 start to conference play since the 1998 season. The redshirt freshman made 11 saves on the weekend, giving up just one goal and recording her fourth shutout of the season and third in her last four matches against the Chippewas. O'Dell came up with huge second-half saves against CMU, denying two would-be goals to give the Eagles their first four-game winning streak since the 2008 campaign. She has allowed just one goal on 22 shots over four conference games for a .955 save percentage and a sparkling 0.25 goals-against average.
Ashley Hughes, Akron, Forward,
Senior, Rochester, N.Y. (The Aquinas Institute)
Hughes scored the equalizing goal in the 63rd minute for the Zips against Toledo Sunday. It was her team-leading fourth goal of the season and she now leads Akron in scoring with 11 points (4 goals, 3 assists). The goal put her into a tie for sixth in Akron history in career goals and she moved into seventh in career points with 22 (9g, 4a).
Katie George, Akron, Defender,
Freshman, Middleburg Hts., Ohio (Walsh Jesuit HS)
George has been a mainstay in the Zips back four all season as she has started all 11 games in the central defense thus far this season as a true freshman. She played 84 minutes on Friday against Northern Illinois and all 90 minutes Sunday against Toledo. George is currently second on the Zips in total minutes played with 946 out of a possible 990.
Nicole Pembleton, Ball State, Forward
Sophomore, Mississauga, Ontario (Clarkson Secondary)
Nicole Pembleton scored the game-tying goal Sunday to help Ball State to a 1-1 draw on the road at Ohio. She found the net after a deflected cross from teammate Amanda Dreyfus. It was Pembleton’s third goal of the season and the fourth time she has been involved in a goal that determined the outcome of a game. She scored the game-winner Aug. 26 against Xavier, assisted on the game-winner Sept. 2 against IPFW and scored the game-tying goal Sept. 7 at in draw at Hawai’i.
Amanda Dreyfus, Ball State, Defender
Senior, Grove City, Ohio (Grove City)
Dreyfus assisted on a key goal for Ball State over the weekend and also played strong defensively for the Cardinals. She provided the assist on the game-tying goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Ohio with a cross into the box that set up Nicole Pembleton’s goal. She was also part of a Ball State back line that continued to limit chances for opponents. Dreyfus played a big role in holding Kent State and Buffalo to an average of 10.5 shots over the weekend’s two games, including an average of just five shots on goal.
Josie Seebeck, Central Michigan, Midfielder
Freshman Montgomery, Ala. (Ramstein HS (Germany))
Seebeck scored her first collegiate goal against rival Western Michigan to give the Chippewas the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win in Kalamazoo on Friday. Seebeck redirected a pass from Estee Outcalt past the Western keeper and into the back of the net from about 10 yards out in the 62nd minute.
Bailey Brandon, Central Michigan, Defender
Senior Livonia, Mich. (Livonia Churchill HS)
Brandon led a defense that shut out rival Western Michigan on Friday and allowed only two shots on goal in the 1-0 win. The shutout was the Chippewas' sixth of the season. She also assisted the offensive efforts with two shots. She also led a defensive stand in trying to foster a comeback during the Chippewas' 2-0 loss, not allowing any shots in the final 18 minutes of the match.
Jess Kodiak, Miami, Forward
Senior, Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North)
Senior forward Jess Kodiak led Miami to a pair of road MAC wins, extending the RedHawks’ win streak to five. The captain scored two goals on the weekend, one of which was a game-winner. In Friday’s 1-0 victory at rival Ohio, she scored the match’s only goal to lead the RedHawks to their fourth straight win over their rival. She scored the game-winner in the 77th minute, breaking a scoreless deadlock. Sunday at Kent State, Kodiak again struck first for the RedHawks in the 29th minute on a rebound to put Miami up 1-0 while the ‘Hawks went on to a 4-2 victory to remain unbeaten in MAC play. With the two goals, she now has eight on the year, which is second in the MAC. Kodiak took five shots on the weekend and put three of them on target.
Lauren Kelly, Miami, Defender
Freshman, Manhattan, Ill. (Lincoln-Way Central)
Freshman defender Lauren Kelly helped Miami to an undefeated weekend in a pair of road MAC games, getting the job done at both ends of the pitch. In Friday’s 1-0 shutout of rival Ohio, she started at outside back, playing 61 minutes, while putting her only shot on goal. She helped the RedHawks pitch their sixth shutout of the season with her lockdown defending and extend their shutout streak to over 192 minutes. In Sunday’s 4-2 victory at Kent State, she scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute, breaking a 2-2 tie. It was her first career goal and point at Miami as she cleaned up a loose ball in the box with a line drive into the back of the net. She played 74 minutes at back in the win over the Flashes, as Miami remained undefeated in the MAC.
Frances Boukidis, Northern Illinois, Forward
Junior, La Crescenta, Calif. (Crescenta Valley)
Frances Boukidis totaled a goal and an assist over the weekend and aided in Northern Illinois first four point weekend (a win and a draw) on the road since 2008. On Friday at Akron, the junior nailed the game-winning goal in the 14th minute of play and powered the Huskies past the Zips, 1-0. On Sunday in the 17th minute, she sent a cross to Cori Frankenberg into the box, who then dumped off to Sara Spaulding and chipped the ball into the left side of the net.
Amy Carr, Northern Illinois, Goalkeeper
Junior, Hemel Hempstead, England (Townsend Church of England)
Amy Carr finished the weekend unbeaten at 1-0-1 with a shutout and five saves. She racked up her fifth clean sheet of the season at Akron in the Huskies 1-0 win over the Zips. She then accumulated four saves and allowed one goal at Buffalo in NIU's 1-0 draw. She continues to lower her goals against average, dropping it down to 0.65 after this weekend.
Liz Finley, Ohio, Forward
Sophomore, Mason, Ohio (William Mason High School)
Liz Finley proved to be Ohio’s most effective player in weekend matches against Miami and Ball State. The sophomore scored her first goal of the season (and the first of her career) in Ohio’s 1-1 draw with Ball State on Sunday afternoon. Finley got the Bobcats off to a great start in this match, scoring in just the third minute of play. The sophomore played 49 minutes in Ohio’s game against Miami and has played a total of 653 minutes, appearing in all 12 of Ohio’s games this season. In addition to the goal she scored against Ball State, Finley has also added one assist to Ohio’s offensive efforts in 2012.
Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Junior, Lakewood, Ohio, Montessori (High School of University Circle)
Ohio Soccer only allowed two total goals during two weekend matches against Mid-American Conference foes Miami and Ball State. Without Mattie Liston in net, it’s quite possible that this number would have been higher. Ohio allowed 52 total shots during the weekend, with 19 of them being on target. Liston was able to save 17 of these shots, an impressive 89 percent. On Friday against Miami, her stellar play in the net allowed a team which averages more than two goals per game to only find the back of the net once. With her 17 saves over the weekend, Liston is only 34 stops away from being the all-time saves leader at Ohio University in just her junior season.
Kelsey Borowitz, Toledo, Goalie
Sophomore, Cincinnati, OH, (Anderson High School)
Kelsey Borowitz went the distance in a pair of road victories against Buffalo and Akron this weekend, totaling five saves. Borowitz opened the weekend with three stops in UT’s 3-0 shutout win at UB on Friday. Two days later, the Cincinnati, OH native was credited with two saves in the Rockets’ 2-1 triumph against the Zips. Borowitz’s two victories this weekend were her first of the 2012 campaign.