MAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week

Updated 11/4/2013

Offensive Player of the Week

Angela Vultaggio, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Junior, Cheserfield, Mich. (L'Anse Creuse North)

Eastern Michigan University junior Angela Vultaggio recorded five points in two games over the weekend, scoring two goals to go along with an assist. The forward scored the game-tying goal as EMU defeated Western Michigan, 2-1, for its first MAC regular season title since 2003. Trailing by one midway through the second half, Cara Cutaia made a run down the center of the field. The team co-captain found Vultaggio on the right side of the box, and the junior forward curled the ball past the WMU goalkeeper to tie the game, 1-1. Against Ohio University in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals, Vultaggio found teammate Stephanie Clarke open at the top of the box where the senior blasted a shot to the back of the net. In the second half, she used some sweet footwork to score an insurance goal. After receiving a lead pass from Marisa Kozikowski, the crafty junior sprinted on a run to reach the ball before it arrived to an Ohio defender. The Chesterfield, Mich. native then sneaked past the defender where the OU goalie came out to challenge the shot. A couple of swift moves with her feet caused the keeper to race after the ball, but Vultaggio chipped it over her head and into the net for her team-leading 13th goal of the season.

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Marisa Kozikowski, Eastern Michigan, Defender
Junior, Troy, Mich. (Athens)

Eastern Michigan University junior defender Marisa Kozikowski was a vital part of the back line that helped the Eagles capture their first MAC regular season title since 2003 as well as a victory in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals. In Eastern’s regular season finale at Western Michigan, Kozikowski led the EMU defense that allowed just one shot on-goal in the final 45 minutes of the contest. Eastern took the lead in the 66th minute, and WMU did not threaten to tie the game due to the solid EMU back line. In EMU’s 3-0 MAC Tournament victory over Ohio University, Nov. 3, the Troy, Mich. native contributed on both sides of the pitch. Kozikowski added a pair of assists to EMU offensive leaders Stephanie Clarke and Angela Vultaggio, while helping pitch the Eagles’ fifth shutout of the season on the defensive side of the field.  Kozikowsi played all 180 minutes for her team this weekend, preventing opponents from scoring in the last 135 minutes of play.

 

Other Nominees

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

After Ohio University took a 1-0 lead just 9:45 into the game last Thursday afternoon, Jessacca Gironda went to work and scored twice to lead the Golden Flashes to a 2-1 victory over the Bobcats.   Her goals were her 13th and 14th of the year, and moved her to the top of Kent State’s record book for goals in a career (31) and points in a career (78).   Gironda led the Kent State offense in its 1-1 tie to Western Michigan in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament.  She tallied four shots in 101 minutes of play.

 

Elaina Musleh, Ball State, Midfielder
Sophomore, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel HS)

Elaina Musleh scored in both of Ball State’s games last week. The sophomore midfielder scored Thursday against Miami to briefly tie the game late in the first half. Her goal Sunday at Central Michigan tied the score in the second half, and the Cardinals went on to win. She put three of her four shots on goal for the week and scored on two of them. Musleh now owns four goals on the season to go along with three assists. She leads the Cardinals with 11 total points.

 

Victoria Jacobs, Ball State, Defender
Junior, Oakville, Ontario (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Jacobs played all 180 minutes of Ball State’s two games last week, helping to anchor the back line. She also added a goal on the offensive end of the field in Thursday’s game against Miami. It was the fifth goal of the season for Jacobs who leads the team in that category and has been a key factor for Ball State on both ends of the field this year. In Sunday’s MAC quarterfinal game at Central Michigan, Jacobs helped the Cardinals limit the Chippewas to one goal and just two shots on goal.

 

Nicole Samuel, Central Michigan, Forward
Senior, Brantford, Ontario (Assumption College SS)

Nicole Samuel delivered the game winning goal at the in the in the second minute to when the Chippewas defeated Bowling Green State 2-0 on Thursday to conclude its 2013 regular season. The goal occurred when redshirt freshman midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove sent a cross from the right sideline, finding senior forward Nicole Samuel who headed the ball into the top left corner of the goal. Samuel had scored the game winning goals in back-to-back games for the Chippewas. The goal was the second of the season for Samuel and eighth of her career. 

 

Lani Smith, Akron, Forward
Junior, Solon, Ohio (Hathaway Brown)

Junior Lani Smith tied the program record for goals in a season after netting her ninth goal of the season in Thursday’s season finale. Smith remained on the pitch for the duration of the match, while also recording seven total shots, three on frame. 

 

Jess Bronke, Miami, Midfielder
Sophomore, Downers Grove, Ill. (Downers Grove South)

Bronke spurred Miami to a No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament and helped the RedHawks advanced to the semifinals with a pair of wins last weekend. Bronke scored the first goal in a 3-2 win at Ball State in the regular-season finale on Thursday. Bronke spurred the RedHawks offensive attack, taking five shots while placing four on goal for an 80 percent shots on goal percentage for the game and also for the week. On Sunday, Bronke assisted on the game-winner against the Huskies in a 3-0 shutout in the quarterfinals, helping the RedHawks advance to the MAC Tourney semifinals.  

 

Allison Norenberg, Miami, Goalkeeper
Senior, Palatine, Ill. (William Fremd)

Norenberg anchored a Miami defense that earned the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament and advanced to the semifinals with a pair of wins last weekend. On Thursday, Norenberg collected seven saves in a 3-2 win at Ball State in the regular-season finale, which helped Miami to the MAC East Division title. On Sunday, Norenberg collected her 10th shutout of the season as Miami blanked Northern Illinois, 3-0. Norenberg notched two saves in the win. She posted a 0.51 goals against average in MAC play this season. For the week, she recorded nine saves.