MAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week

Updated 10/7/2013

Offensive Player of the Week

Stephanie Clarke, Eastern MIchigan, Forward
Senior, London, Ontario (St. Thomas Aquinas)

EMU’s Stephanie Clarke provided an offensive impact in both of the Eagles’ conference road victories this weekend. The senior scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Bowling Green, Oct. 4, converting her third penalty kick of the season in as many attempts. In EMU’s 3-0 win against Central Michigan, Oct. 6, Clarke set up two goals. The London, Ontario native found teammate Emily Dzik on a corner kick for the second goal of the match before sending a cross that connected with the head of Cara Cutaia for the game’s final goal. Overall, Clake landed all three of her shots on goal, finding the net once while providing two assists for a weekend total of four points.


Defensive Player of the Week

Michelle Watson, Western Michigan, Goalkeeper
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (McAuley)

Watson made four saves in Friday’s 1-0 shutout win at Central Michigan to break the WMU program record for shutouts in a career after earning her 21st. She also needed to make just one save and played in 65 minutes to earn another combined shutout with backup Kaitlyn Collin in Sunday’s 5-0 win over Bowling Green. Watson’s play between the sticks have helped Western Michigan start off conference play 4-0 for just the fourth time in program history and the first since 2005. She has been in goal for six shutouts this season.


Other Nominees

Jessica Gironda, Kent State
Senior, Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)

Senior Jessacca Gironda continued her scoring streak into Friday when she notched the game-winning goal in the 11th minute during Kent State's game vs. Ball State.  Gironda now has a team-high 18 points (7g, 4a), and ranks third all-time in points in a career (63), second in goals in a career (28), among other records. The Golden Flashes went 1-1 on the weekend, after a 1-0 loss to Miami.


Brittany Maisano, Kent State, Defender
Freshman, Dublin, Ohio (Bishop Watterson)

Rookie defender Brittany Maisano led the Kent State defense to a shutout victory over Ball State on Friday afternoon, its first conference loss of the season.  The Despite Ball State owning a 15-11 advantage in shots, the KSU defense shut down the usual potent offense that averages 1.42 goals per game.     The KSU defense was solid again on Sunday, but unfortunately couldn't come away with the victory.  Miami, who ranks second in the MAC in goals and points, was able to penetrate the defense and defeat Kent State 1-0.  Maisano played all 90 minutes in both games.


Karen McMahon, Buffalo, Forward
Senior, Buffalo, N.Y. (Cleveland Hill)

Karen McMahon finished off her weekend with five points for the Bulls during their 1-1 week. McMahon scored the game-winning goal in the Bulls 3-1 road victory over Toledo on Friday and also added an assist on the first goal of the contest. McMahon stayed hot on Sunday scoring the Bulls lone goal in a 2-1 double overtime loss at Northern Illinois. She finished the week with four total shots and was a threat every time she touched the ball.


Alexis Milesky, Ohio, Forward
Freshman, Plain City, Ohio (Jonathan Adler)

Milesky provided a crucial goal for Ohio to help the Bobcats earn a tie at MAC preseason favorite Miami on Friday. The Plain City, Ohio, native struck in the 18th minute, when she took possession outside the penalty area and fired a shot cross-field into the upper 90 of the goal. The score gave the ‘Cats a 1 -0 lead and proved to be crucial later in the contest. In Sunday’s match at Ball State, Milesky added two shots for the ‘Cats and helped fuel a second half comeback that came up just short.


Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Senior, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori High School of Univ. Circle)

Liston dazzled in Friday’s contest at MAC preseason favorite Miami. The senior made a season-best 10 saves in goal, including three crucial stops in the overtime periods to secure the tie for the Bobcats. Her clutch save with two minutes to go in the first overtime session was key in helping Ohio earn the tie against the RedHawks. Against Ball State on Sunday, Liston rejected five Cardinals shots in a full 90 minutes of action. She finished the weekend with a solid .833 save percentage after making 15 stops while allowing just three goals in Ohio’s two matches.


Leah Mattingly, Ball State, Defender
Freshman, Floyds Knobs, Ind. (Providence HIgh School)

Leah Mattingly played a key role in a strong defensive effort over the weekend and also scored her first collegiate goal. The freshman defender scored just 51 seconds into Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Ohio to set the tone early for Ball State. She played all 90 minutes on the back line over Ball State’s two games as the Cardinals allowed just two goals. The Cardinals limited Kent State and Ohio to a combined 11 shots on goal over the two contests. 


Michelle Blok, Ball State, Midfielder
Senior, Noblesville, Ind. (Noblesville HS)

Michelle Blok accounted for one of two Ball State goals in the opening seven minutes Sunday in Ball State’s 2-1 victory over Ohio. The senior scored just 6:17 into the game on a pass from teammate Maimee Morris for her third goal of the season.


Aubrey Sudomier, Western Michigan, Midfielder
Junior, Shelby Township, Mich. (Eisenhower)

With just over five minutes remaining in the game Aubrey Sudomier split two CMU defenders and slotted home to game-winning goal to secure a 1-0 win at Central Michigan. The goal was Sudomier’s third of the season. On Sunday she assisted on WMU’s second goal of the game in a 5-0 rout of Bowling Green. She has now scored a point in each of the last five games, racking up three goals and five assists for 11 points. Sudomier has been instrumental to the team’s perfect 4-0 start in MAC play.  


Kayla Zakrzewski, Miami, Midfielder
Senior, London, Ontario (A.B. Lucas)

Zakrzewski helped Miami move atop the MAC East Division standings with a 1-0 shutout of Kent State on Sunday and a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Ohio on Friday. Zakrzewski had scored on 50 percent of her shots over the weekend, with both attempts on goal. Zakrzewski punched in the lone RedHawk goal in a 1-0 shutout against Kent State on Sunday. It was her second game-winning goal of the season.

Lauren Kelly, Miami, Defender
Sophomore, Manhattan, Ill. (Lincoln-Way Central)

Kelly helped Miami move atop the MAC East Division standings with a 1-0 shutout of Kent State on Sunday and a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Ohio on Friday. Kelly bolstered a Miami defense that recorded its fifth shutout of the season, notching a shutout in every RedHawk win this season. Kelly helped the Miami defense give up just 11 shots to the RedHawks’ 22 in a 1-1 double-overtime tie against Ohio on Friday.


Courtney Ksiazek, NIU, Defender
Senior, Naperville, Ill. (Neuqua Valley)

Courtney Ksiazek made plays all over the field in two games over the weekend. On Friday against Akron, Ksiazek recorded an assist on the second goal of the game to help give the Huskies some insurance. She was also part of a defensive unit that held the opposing Zips scoreless, recording the second team shutout of the season. On Sunday, Ksiazek was the key player of the game. Ksiazek delivered both NIU’s goals in the game. The first tied the game with under five minutes left in regulation to force overtime. The second was a long, floating shot that was just out of the opposing goaltender’s reach in double-overtime to give NIU its second win in a row. 


Nicole Goobo, NIU, Forward
Sophomore, Bartlett, Ill. (Bartlett)

Nicole Gobbo has taken her play up a notch for MAC games. Coming into the weekend, she had already scored two goals through two conference games, and with her play in the first two October games, she added two more to her total. Both came in the game against Akron on Friday. Gobbo was outrunning both opposition and teammates all game, and it showed on her first goal of the game. Gobbo zipped by multiple defenders, beating them to the ball, and scoring to give NIU the lead in the game. On her second goal, Gobbo rewarded her teammates’ passing skills and scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. On Sunday against Buffalo, Gobbo was involved in several offensive plays. It was a very physical game, and Gobbo fought for position and helped open up holes for her teammates to aid the Huskies in the win.


Emily, Dzik, Eastern Michigan, Defender
Junior, Troy, Mich. (Troy)

 EMU defender Emily Dzik was a member of the back line that only allowed one goal in 180 minutes this weekend, helping the Eagles secure two victories over MAC opponents on the road. The Troy, Mich. native assisted in keeping the Falcons in-check as the Eagles left Bowling Green with a 2-1 victory. Against, Central Michigan, Oct. 6, the junior defender not only served as a primary piece of the puzzle that shut out the rival Chippewas, 3-0, but she also provided an offensive spark with a goal in the 34 minute of the contest. Dzik was able to connect a corner kick with her head, finding the back of the net for the second time this season.


Brianna Kanz, Akron, Defender
Junior, Strongsville, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)

Brianna Kanz started and played a total of 161 minutes in two matches this past weekend. In Friday’s contest against NIU, Kanz helped hold the Huskies offense to just two shots and two corners in the second half. Following Friday’s performance, Kanz played the full 90 minutes against Toledo while also registering a shot. Kanz aided the defense in a first half shutout of the Rockets, where the Toledo offense totaled one shot on goal.