MAC Offensive Player of the Week
Michelle Blok, Ball State, Midfielder
Senior, Noblesville, Ind. (Noblesville HS)
Michelle Blok scored two goals within five minutes of each other Friday to lift Ball State to a 2-1 victory over Northern Iowa in the season opener. The Cardinals trailed 1-0 after the first half, but Blok changed that quickly at the beginning of the second. The senior captain scored in the 48th minute from just outside the box to tie the game. She then added a second goal in the 53rd minute from nearly the same spot on the field for what proved to be the game winner.
MAC Defensive Player of the Week
Megan McCabe, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect)
Megan McCabe recorded nine saves over the weekend in 188+ minutes for Eastern. The sophomore goalkeeper stopped five shots in a 3-2 season-opening victory over Detroit, Aug. 23. She also kept No. 23 ranked Ohio State in check, allowing one goal in 90 minutes of regulation before the Buckeyes scored eight minutes into overtime to claim the victory.
Brooke Dennis, Ball State, Goalkeeper
Freshman, Wauconda, Ill. (Mundelein HS)
Freshman goalkeeper Brooke Dennis posted a shutout in her first collegiate appearance Sunday against Green Bay. Dennis played all 90 minutes between the posts of Ball State's 3-0 victory. She saved all four shots on goal she faced and also came out of the net to play numerous crosses and passes that threatened the goal. Her play was critical as the game was a scoreless tie until the 62nd minute when Ball State broke through for its first goal.
Allison Norenberg, Miami, Goalkeeper
Senior, Palatine, Ill. (William Fremd HS)
Norenberg started each of Miami’s first two matches of the year in goal, playing the full 90 minutes in each. After opening with a tough loss against a talented Illinois State squad, she rebounded to pitch a shutout in a 1-0 win over Valparaiso. Norenberg stopped all three shots that came her way, including a game-changing save on a breakaway in the first half, in which she lunged off her line to keep the Crusaders off the board. The clean sheet was the 13th of her career, just three shy of tying the Miami career record of 16. For the weekend, Norenberg went 1-1-0 with a 1.50 GAA and four saves.
Katie George, Akron, Defender
Sophomore, Middle Heights, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit HS)
Katie George started both matches on defense this past weekend. Remained on the pitch for 150 total minutes. Following the conclusion of the Boilermaker Cup, George was named to the all-tournament team. Aided the Akron defense in allowing zero first half goals against North Dakota, and limited the team to eight total shots and four shots on goal for the entire match.
Grace Campbell, Ohio University, Defender
Sophomore, Wadsworth, Ohio (Wadsworth)
Grace had a solid weekend for the Ohio University women’s soccer team, serving as one of just two student-athletes who played the entire 200 minutes of weekend matches against Indiana and Wright State (double overtime). The sophomore played a large role in a defensive effort which allowed her offensive teammates to outshoot (25-21) and earn more corners (16-10) than their opponents. In addition to her strong defensive efforts, Campbell was not hesitant to join Ohio’s attack. She registered one shot in the double-overtime draw with Wright State on Sunday.
Katy Dolesh, Miami, Midfielder
Senior, Chardon, Ohio (Notre Dame Cathedral Latin HS)
Dolesh was strong in the midfield for the RedHawks, helping Miami go 1-1 on opening weekend on the road. The senior captain had a hand in both Miami goals in the season opener Friday at Illinois State, assisting on the first one while scoring the second one. She helped Miami get on the board first at ISU, as she ripped a hard shot that caused the keeper to give up a rebound that led to a goal. Later in the match, with Miami down 2-1, she got behind the defense and sent a blast into the far side of the net on a breakaway to knot the game at 2-2 with an unassisted goal. Dolesh then led Miami to its first win of 2013 on Sunday at Valparaiso, as she fired a team-high four shots, one of which was saved and another hit the post. On the weekend, she took eight shots, tops on the team, putting two on target, while totaling three points.
Sasha Haverchak, Ohio University, Midfielder
Redshirt Freshman, Akron, Ohio (Copley)
Sasha had a strong weekend for the Ohio University women’s soccer team, scoring the Bobcats’ lone goal of the first two games and the first of the 2013 season. Haverchak made the most of her scoring opportunities, ending the weekend after scoring one goal on one total shot. In addition to her goal, Sasha played a large role in an Ohio midfield which largely controlled both matches against Indiana and Wright State, combining to outshoot (25-21) and earn more corners (16-10) than its opponents. Haverchak’s goal was the first of her career and helped the Bobcats come back from a 1-0 deficit in the second half against Wright State.
Jenna Hellstrom, Kent State, Midfield
Freshman Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (La Salle Secondary)
Freshman midfielder Jenna Hellstrom had a big season-opener for the Kent State Golden Flashes. With the game tied 1-1, Hellstrom scored the go-ahead goal to put the Flashes up 2-1, and then scored the game-winner in the 76th minute to hand KSU a 3-2 victory over the visiting St. Bonaventure Bonnies.
Cara Cutaia, Eastern Michigan, Midfielder
Senior, Burlington, Ontario (Notre Dame Catholic)
Cara Cutaia was a vital part of the first two goals of the season for the Eagles, including scoring the game-tying goal in a 3-2 win over Detroit, Aug. 23. Cutaia scored EMU’s lone goal against Ohio State, Aug. 25, as the Eagles took the No. 23 ranked Buckeyes to overtime before falling, 2-1.
Megan Waskowski, Akron, Forward
Sophomore, Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville HS)
Megan Waskowski completed the fourth hat trick in Akron women’s soccer history in Sunday’s 4-1 win over North Dakota. This was the first time an Akron player scored three goals in a match since Leigh Cullen accomplished the feat in the 2010 season against Canisius. Waskowski is also the fourth player to register six total points in a game in Zips women’s soccer history. On the season, Waskowski has a perfect shot on goal percentage. Following the Boilermaker Cup hosted by Purdue, Waskowski was named to the all-tournament team. She played a total of 89 minutes in two games this past weekend.
Laura Gosse, Central Michigan, Forward
Junior, Markham, Ontario (Markville Secondary)
Gosse rallied CMU from a second deficit with her first goal of the season to knot the game at 2-2 and help earn the Chippewas a tie versus Detroit. In the 82nd minute, she received a through ball on the right side of the box and slid a rolling one-timer from eight yards past the outstretched leg of the UDM goalkeeper. Gosse tied for the team lead with five shots and two on goal.
Haley Malaczewski, Bowling Green, Forward
Freshman, Toledo, Ohio (Central Catholic)
In her first collegiate match, scored her first collegiate goal. Malaczewski came off the bench to play 50 minutes, leading the Falcons in both shots (4) and shots on goal (4). Her goal came late in the first half and tied the match at 1-1.