MAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week

Updated 9/2/2013

MAC Offensive Player of the Week
Jessacca Gironda, Kent State
Senior, Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)

Senior Jessacca Gironda helped the Kent State women's soccer team to a 2-0 weekend by scoring two goals, both game-winners, to improve the Golden Flashes to 3-1-0 on the year. In a 1-0 victory over Cleveland State, Gironda led the attack by taking five shots (two on goal) in her 83 minutes of play. Gironda scored in the 51st minute and was the eventual game-winner. Against the visiting Crusaders from Valparaiso, Gironda scored the golden goal in the 109th minute in the second overtime period.  Gironda played 95 minutes and led the offense with six shots and had two on goal. 

MAC Defensive Player of the Week
Ainsley Wheldon, Buffalo, Goalkeeper
Senior, Waterloo, Ontario (Bluevale Collegiate Institute)
Wheldon finished the weekend allowing 0.50 goals per contest after shutting out Youngstown State on Sunday. Wheldon finished the game with four saves including two diving efforts to seal the victory for the Bulls. Wheldon also made three saves in the Bulls 2-1 victory over St. Bonaventure on Friday.

 

Other Nominees

Cori Frankenberg, NIU F/M
Senior, Appleton, Wis.

Frankenberg was able to end a double-overtime affair with Lewis with her first goal of the season on Sunday. It was a long defensive battle with the opposition that which was looking like it would end in a tie before Frankenberg gave the Huskies the lead. Frankenberg’s last five goals dating back to last season have all been game-winners. She also played in the majority of the game with Purdue on Friday, helping the team fight through weather delays to challenge the Boilermakers.

Ashley Garr, Bowling Green, Midfielder
Junior, Goodrich, Mich. (Goodrich)

Junior Ashley Garr scored the first goal of her collegiate career in Saturday’s Butler match. Garr headed home a corner kick to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead early in the second half.

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

Zakrzewski was a dominant force on the pitch in Miami’s 5-0 home-opening win over Belmont Friday in the RedHawks’ only match of the week. Zakrzewski totaled five points, just one shy of her career high, on two goals and an assist. The two goals marked her fourth career multi-goal game and first of the season as she now leads the team with three goals. She scored Miami’s first two goals of the contest, the first of which was the game-winner. On her first goal in the 23rd minute she took a pass on the left side, dribbled around a defender and beat the keeper with a low, line drive from inside the penalty box. Then 11 minutes later, she doubled Miami’s lead as she got behind the defense and buried her shot from 15 yards out on a breakaway for her second goal. In the 76th minute, Zakrzewski added her assist as she dribbled through the defense and sent a pass across the goal mouth to a wide open teammate for a tap-in. She did all this while playing just 57 minutes. Zakrzewski fired three shots on the day, two of which were on target, both of which went in the goal.
 

Carly Manso, Ohio University, M/F
Redshirt freshman, Vernon Hills, Ill. (Vernon Hills)

Carly had a great weekend for the Ohio University women’s soccer team, playing a total of 149 minutes in matches against DePaul and Eastern Kentucky. The transfer from Colorado fired a total of five shots on the weekend, three of which were on target. In Ohio’s win at Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 1, Carly had a huge match. The redshirt freshman hit four shots (two on target), scored the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute, and assisted on Ohio’s fifth goal of the match in the 72nd minute. 
Carly’s game-winning goal in the 52nd minute at Eastern Kentucky was the first goal of her college career and buoyed the ‘Cats to their first win under new head coach Aaron Rodgers. 
 
Bianca Rossi, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Junior, Mississauga, Ontario (St. Marcellinus)

EMU’s Bianca Rossi notched her first goal of the season, a game-tying score that forced overtime against the No. 14-ranked Michigan Wolverines. The junior forward snuck a shot past the U-M goalkeeper into the corner of the net with just 8:30 remaining in regulation to force overtime. In the match’s 100th minute, Michigan would find the net to escape with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Eagles. 
 
Mary Alice Moore, Cenral Michigan, Midfielder
Junior, Miller Place, N.Y. (Miller Place)

Central Michigan junior midfielder Mary Alice Moore was a scoring machine for the Chippewas in their opening weekend, tallying four goals to help the Maroon and Gold get off to a perfect start with wins over Robert Morris and Saint Louis. Moore scored the Chippewas’ first goal of the season in the their 2-0 victory over Robert Morris before recording her first career hat trick in a 6-1 victory over Saint Louis Sunday. All five of her shots on the weekend were on goal and both goals were the eventual game winners.  
 
Nicole Hatcliffe, Western Michigan, Midfielder
Junior, Bury, England (Elton)

Hatcliffe scored the game-winning goal in WMU’s 1-0 win over Cleveland State to help the Broncos to their first win of the season. The goal was the second of her career and boosted her point total to four to lead the team through three games this season.
 
Sam Parrish, Miami, Centerback
Senior, Noblesville, Ind. (Noblesville HS)

Parrish was force in the defensive backfield for Miami in Friday’s 5-0 shutout vs. Belmont, which was the RedHawks’ only match of the week. In addition to helping pitch Miami’s second straight shutout, she helped prevent Belmont from even firing a single shot the entire first half. Parrish patrolled and organized Miami’s defense from her centerback position, often stepping up to clear balls or heading away dangerous passes. She played the first 76 minutes of the match before being subbed out with Miami comfortably ahead, 4-0. Belmont managed just four shots total all match and only two were allowed to be put on target, all coming in the second half. Parrish and the defense also conceded just one corner kick all game.
 
Leah Mattingly, Ball State, Defender
Freshman, Floyds Knobs, Ind. (Providence)

Freshman defender Leah Mattingly turned in a strong performance Friday at IPFW, playing all 90 minutes on the Ball State back line. Despite a 1-0 loss, Mattingly helped the Cardinals control the flow of the game. Mattingly and the Ball State defense allowed just three shots on goal and surrendered the game’s lone goal on a set piece. Through three games of her rookie season, Mattingly has played all but nine minutes for Ball State.
 
Megan McCabe, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect)

Whether it was diving across the box or soaring through the air, sophomore goalkeeper Megan McCabe (1-2-0) played an outstanding game throughout, tallying eight saves in a, 2-1 overtime loss at No. 14-ranked Michigan Friday night, Aug. 30. In the 32nd minute, McCabe proved why she is the reigning Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Michigan's Nicky Waldeck sent a rocket toward McCabe, who extended her entire body to the right to make a spectacular save. Halfway through the first ten-minute overtime, McCabe made a game-saving lunge to keep the Eagles alive. One minute later, McCabe would again have to extend an outstretched palm to the corner of the net to make another amazing save.
 
Sarah Sivic, Akron, Forward/Midfielder
Freshman, Broadview Heights, Ohio (Brechsville-Broadview Heights)

Sarah Sivic registered two clutch goals in Friday’s 2-1 win overtime win against Morehead State, to give UA its first overtime victory in the 2013 season. Sivic tied the match against Morehead at one late in the game at 84:30. She would go on to score the game-winning goal in the first overtime period at 95:24, which gave her a total of four points on the day with only two shots. On Sunday against Marshall, Sivic recorded one shot on goal to give her a total of three shots and three shots on goal for the week. Sivic is currently tied for the team lead with six points this season.
 
Klaire Adee, Akron, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Rockford, Ill. (Boylan Catholic)

Klaire Adee continued to have success at the goal this weekend, as she allowed only two goals in two games. In Friday’s 2-1 overtime win over Morehead State, Adee registered one save and allowed one goal. Adee set a career high with eight saves in Sunday’s draw against Marshall. The native of Rockford, Ill., stayed on the pitch for the duration of both matches, a total of 210 minutes. Adee has held opponents to one goal in three of the first four matches of the season.  
 
Lindsey Lee, Western Michigan, Center back
Sophomore, Midland, Mich. (Midland)

Lee helped the Broncos dominate Cleveland State in their 1-0 win. She was constantly winning balls in the midfield and on the back line and helped hold the Vikings to just two shots overall and one shot on goal.
 
Simone Lazar, Central Michigan, Back
Senior, Etibicoke, Ontario (Michael Power/St. Joseph's)

Central Michigan senior back and two-time first-team All-MAC selection Simone Lazar displayed why she is one of the elite defensive players in the conference over the weekend. Lazar played every single minute on the back line of the Chippewas’ season-opening 2-0 shutout over Robert Morris, helping anchor the defense while sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds made her first career start. The senior helped CMU keep Saint Louis off the board for 70 minutes Sunday before the Billikens scored a goal in stoppage time on a penalty corner. The CMU defense faced just 11 shots over the weekend and yielded just three penalty corners.
 

Amy Carr, NIU, Goalkeeper
Senior, Hemel Hempstead, England (Townsend Church of England)

Amy Carr played nearly 200 minutes in goal over the weekend in two games. She was a big part in the double-overtime victory against Lewis, allowing just one goal over the entirety of the game. She kept the opposition sitting at one goal long enough so that her teammates could find a way to score and get the win. She also acted like a defensive field general on defense, directing defenders in order to maximize the Huskies’ defensive force.