MAC Announces Women’s Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 10/15/2012

Offensive Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Kelsey Dinges, Miami, Midfielder
Sophomore Smithton, Ill. (Althoff Catholic HS)
Kelsey Dinges had a monster week for the RedHawks, tallying two goals and handing out two assists to lead Miami to another 2-0 weekend in MAC play and keep the RedHawks undefeated in the MAC and on top of the MAC standings. She had a hand in all four goals Miami scored on the weekend while helping extend the RedHawks’ winning streak to a program-record nine games. On Friday at Northern Illinois, she notched two goals and an assist in Miami’s 3-2 win, for a career-high five points in the match. She scored the game-winning goal at NIU with just 4.8 seconds remaining in regulation to break a 2-2 tie and send the RedHawks to victory with her last-second header. The two goals vs. the Huskies tied a career high, her third career multi-goal game (all this year). In Sunday’s 1-0 win at Toledo, Dinges set up the game-winning goal, the only goal of the match, with her second assist of the weekend as Miami topped the Rockets in Toledo for the first time since 2002. Dinges now has team-best 10 goals on the year and is tied for the team lead with 23 points, both of which are second in the MAC.


Defensive Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Allison Norenberg, Miami, Goalkeeper
RS Sophomore Palatine, Ill. (William Fremd HS) 

Norenberg led the RedHawks to a pair of MAC wins over the weekend as the RedHawks remained unbeaten in MAC play and in first place in the league standings. She allowed just two goals on the weekend while making seven saves for a 1.00 GAA and a .778 save percentage. In Friday’s 3-2 win at NIU, Norenberg recorded three saves, allowing Miami to win the game late. On Sunday at Toledo, she pitched her sixth shutout of the season by stopping all four shots that came her away, including several early in the match to keep Miami level at 0-0 and then made another big save after Miami had taken a 1-0 lead. Her six shutouts this year tie for third in school single-season history while she now has 10 shutouts in her career, which ties for second in school history. Norenberg has combined for two other shutouts this year and has been in goal for all 14 of Miami’s wins this year.


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Kelly DeNiro, Akron, Midfielder
Junior, Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Watterson HS) 
DeNiro tallied both Akron goals in the Zips 2-0 victory Sunday at Bowling Green as her four points was a career-high for single game. It was also her first career multi-goal game. DeNiro stuck first at 14:03 of the first half, scoring the game-winner on an assist from Ashley Hughes. She then added an insurance goal on another assist from Hughes at 57:30. DeNiro's two goals moved her into the top-10 on Akron's career scoring list as she now sits eighth with 22 points (6 goals, 10 assists).

Sarah Orisich, Ball State, Midfielder
Senior, Columbus, Ind. (Columbus North)
Orisich scored the game-winning goal for Ball State Sunday at Northern Illinois. It was the only goal either team managed in the Cardinals’ 1-0 victory. Orisich fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box and found the net in the ninth minute of play. She logged three total shots from her midfield position over the weekend and put all three on goal. For the season, Orisich ranks third among the Cardinals with 10 shots on goal. 
Madeline Wideman, Bowling Green, Midfielder/Forward
Junior, Troy, Mich. (Troy)
Scored BGSU’s lone goal in Friday’s Buffalo match, on an impressive individual effort.  Made a long run from near midfield into the penalty area, and finished that run by hitting a shot over the UB ‘keeper and into the net.  Had four shot attempts in that game to lead the Falcons, and put three of those four shots on goal.  Then, on Sunday against Akron, again had four shot attempts, tying for the team lead.  On the season, has five points on two goals and an assist.  Leads all active BGSU players in career assists (nine) and points (19), and is tied for the team lead among active Falcons with five career goals.
Jennifer Gassman, Central Michigan, Forward
Junior, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel HS)
Gassman led the Chippewas (11-4-1, 7-1-0 MAC) with two goals, including the game-winner against Akron, en route to an undefeated weekend as Central Michigan opened up a two-game lead in the MAC West Division over Eastern Michigan. With just 10 minutes remaining in the Akron match on Friday, Gassman sharply redirected a service into the box from Estee Outcalt with a header that found its way past the Akron keeper and into the back of the net for what would ultimately be the game-winner. She also scored the third of the Chippewas' three goals on Sunday against Buffalo for a 3-0 win. Gassman now has four goals on the season, which is a new single-season high for her. Her efforts were critical in the Chippewas extending their home unbeaten streak to 38 consecutive matches (34-0-4) dating back to 2008.
Bianca Rossi , Eastern Michigan, Forward,
Sophomore,  Mississauga, Ontario  (St. Marcellinus)
Rossi scored the game-winning goal and added an assist for a three-point outing in a 2-1 home victory over the Bobcats on Friday. The sophomore scored her third game-winner of the season and sixth overall to mark her 16th point of the 2012 campaign. She helped the Eagles to a third-consecutive MAC victory at home and fifth in-a-row overall.
Stephanie Haugh, Kent State, Forward
Sophomore,  Richmond Hill, Ontario (St. Theresa)
Haugh posted three points in a pair of victories on the road last weekend, helping Kent State post their first three-game road winning streak since 2007. Haugh scored her fifth goal of the season in Kent State's win at Eastern Michigan Oct. 14 and added an assist against the Eagles in the victory. Against Western Michigan Oct. 12, Haugh led Kent State with four shots (one less than Western Michigan's team) and three shots on goal to frustrate WMU's defense. Haugh's diligence aided Kent State in halting a four-game winless streak to the Broncos. 
Veronic Rock, Ohio, Defender
North Royalton, Ohio (Padua Franciscan)
Veronica scored Ohio’s lone goal of the weekend in a 2-1 loss at Eastern Michigan on October 12. The senior played 42 minutes of the match in a defensive role for the Bobcats and was very efficient, scoring on her only shot of the game. The goal was the first Rock has scored this season and came at a crucial juncture in the match, breathing life back into the Bobcats and giving them the chance to be within striking range as the time wound down to a close. 

Katie George, Akron, Defender
Freshman, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit HS)

George played all 90 minutes in central defense in Akron's 2-0 shutout victory at Bowling Green on Sunday. She also played all 90 minutes on the backline Friday at Central Michigan. A true freshman, George has started all 15 games on the season for the Zips and has helped the defense notch three shutouts. She has played the third most minutes of any Akron player on the season with 1260.

Aubrey Buehler, Ball State, Goalkeeper
Senior, Waukesha, Wis. (Waukesha North)
Sunday against Northern Illinois, Buehler posted her third shutout in the past four games. She helped the Cardinals to a key 1-0 road victory over the Huskies that moved Ball State back into third place in the MAC West standings. For the weekend, she directed the efforts of a back line that surrendered only 19 shots over two games. She gave up only one goal in regulation over those two contests. The other goal she allowed came on an overtime penalty kick Friday at Toledo. Buehler now owns four shutouts this season and 11 for her Ball State career.
Estee Outcalt, Central Michigan, Defender
Junior Mooresville, Ind. (Mooresville HS)
Outcalt was instrumental in a Chippewas defensive effort that did not allow a shot on goal to Buffalo and just two to Akron, and also assisted on the game-winner against Akron en route to an undefeated weekend. The dominant Chippewas defense allowed just seven total shots on the weekend and recorded their eighth shutout of the season on Sunday in a 3-0 win over Buffalo. Outcalt and the defensive back line permitted only one shot to the Bulls in each of the two halves. Additionally, she played a high-arcing service into the box in the 80th minute against Akron that teammate Jennifer Gassman headed in for the game-winning goal in a 2-1 decision over the Zips. Her efforts were critical in the Chippewas extending their home unbeaten streak to 38 consecutive matches (34-0-4) dating back to 2008.
Jessica Thomas, Eastern Michigan, Defender
Senior, Calgary, Alberta (Bishop Carroll) 
Thomas captained the Eagles to a fifth straight home win and third straight home triumph in MAC games Friday against Ohio. The senior has started and played in all 15 games this season. She played a total of 98 minutes on the backline for the Eagles, who finished the weekend 1-1. 
Briana Bartolone, Kent State, Defender 
Freshman, Auburn, Ohio (Kenston)  
Bartolone was a key factor in Kent State posting back-to-back road shutouts against MAC foes since 2007. Against Eastern Michigan Oct. 14, Bartolone scored her first collegiate goal, which proved to be the game-winner, and played all 90 minutes on the back line in holding the Eagles to just four shots on goal in the game. Bartolone also played the entire game in Kent State's overtime shutout victory at Western Michigan Oct. 12, aiding the Golden Flashes in holding the Broncos to just one shot on goal in the win. The victory halted a four-game winless streak for Kent State against WMU.
Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Junior, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori HS of University Circle)
Accomplishments: Mattie Liston made a game-high seven saves in Ohio’s 2-1 loss at Eastern Michigan on Friday, October 12. The junior kept the Bobcats in the match against a potent Eagle offense which generated 19 total shots. After being beaten twice in the first 37 minutes of the match, Liston didn’t allow another goal the rest of the way, laying the groundwork for an Ohio comeback which fell just short at the end.