Offensive Player of the Week
Jessica Jue, Ohio
Senior, Vancouver, British Columbia (Little Flower Academy)
Jue scored one of the most important goals of the season Saturday for Ohio, tallying the game-winner in double-overtime over previously unbeaten Kent State. The goal clinched a spot in the MAC Championship for the Bobcats and gave Ohio a 3-2 victory on Senior Day. Jue struck with 12:33 remaining in the game’s second overtime, after taking a pass from fellow senior Luli Gomez Teruel and rifling a shot into the back of the cage. Jue notched three total shots in the contest against the Golden Flashes.
Defensive Player of the Week
Sarah Mueller, Miami, Goalkeeper
Senior, Berlin, Germany (Werner-von-Siemens)
Mueller had a fantastic weekend in leading the RedHawks to a pair of overtime wins. She allowed only one goal, while tying a career-high with 14 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory over Providence on Sunday. The day before against Central Michigan she only had to make two saves as the Miami defense was strong, but one of them was a penalty stroke, which preserved a scoreless game in a contest that the RedHawks would eventually win, 2-1 in double overtime. Mueller had a 0.82 goals against average in 173:20 in goal this week.
Ali Froede, Miami, Back
Junior, Burke, Va. (Lake Braddock)
Froede scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes remaining in double overtime to lead Miami to a 2-1 victory over Central Michigan. That was in addition to her defensive duties, in which she led the RedHawk defense to allowing only eight Chippewa shots in 97 plus minutes of action. Only three of which were on net. Against Providence, Froede recorded an assist on Miami’s first goal, and started the attack in overtime that led to the RedHawks’ scoring the game-winner. She helped the Miami defense hold the Friars to under their season scoring average during the game.
Madison Thompson, Kent State, Forward
Freshman, Ontario, Canada (Resurrection Catholic)
Thompson continued to stay hot in conference play, scoring her 8th and 9th points in MAC games on a goal against Ohio in Saturday’s match. Thompson’s score at the 29 minute mark gave Kent State a 2-1 lead that they did not give up until the end of regulation. The freshman scored a goal in four out of five conference games this season.
Jordyn Brengosz, Central Michigan, Back
Junior, Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)
Junior back Jordyn Brengosz sparked the Maroon and Gold offense in the second period in a 1-2 double overtime loss to Miami on Saturday. Brengosz chipped the ball in the cage by accepting a pass from senior midfielder Bailey McKeon off her own corner at the 50:45 mark in the second period to tie the game 1-1 with Miami. The goal was Brengosz’s fifth of the season – co-leading the team with goals and points. Brengosz attempted to seal the victory in the first overtime at the 84:18 mark but couldn’t convert when her shot went wide. Brengosz was a part of all six corners the Chippewas had for the game.
Sadie Reynolds, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Prospect, Ky. (Ballard)
Sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds had a career-high game in saves with 17 in a 2-1 loss in double overtime to Miami on Saturday. Miami fired shot after shot at the 71:27 mark of the first overtime but Reynolds responded making all five saves needed to keep the Chippewas in the game. Reynolds continue to work in the cage having two more saves in double overtime until the Red Hawks converted at the 97:29 mark sealing the 2-1 victory.
Lauryl Desch, Ohio
Redshirt Freshman, Charlottesville, Va. (Western Albermarle)
Desch anchored the Ohio defense and scored arguably the most important goal of the season for Ohio Saturday against previously unbeaten Kent State. With no time left on the clock in regulation and Ohio trailing 2-1, Desch took a feed off a corner and drilled a goal into the back of the cage to send the match into overtime. Ohio would go on to win the contest in double OT and clinch a spot in the 2013 MAC Championship. Desch fired four shots in the contest and stopped a number of Kent opportunities in their offensive zone.
Sabrina Binder, Kent State, Back
Senior, Krefeld, Germany (Arndt-Gymnasium)
Binder anchored the defensive effort of the Golden Flashes this weekend, coming up with some big tackles and great coverage. She scored the team’s first goal to give the Flashes an early lead over Ohio on Saturday. She started a corner opportunity and was able to find the back of the net off a pass.
Liz Young, Missouri State, Defender
Sophomore, San Diego, Calif. (Serra High)
Young played a key role in Missouri State’s thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over Ball State on Sunday. After picking up a key defensive save in the second half to preserve the Bears’ 1-0 lead, the sophomore notched the game-winning goal in overtime to send MSU to the conference victory on senior day at Plaster Field. After receiving a pass across the front of the net from Laura Tavares, Young alertly slammed home the goal past Ball State’s goalkeeper and into the left side of the cage. Young finished the season with a team-best five defensive saves, and the goal was her first game-winning score of her career.