Offensive Player of the Week
Jessacca Gironda, Kent State, Forward
Senior, Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)
Jessacca Gironda tallied three goals this weekend en route to a 2-0 weekend for the Kent State Golden Flashes. Gironda scored the game-winner vs. the University at Buffalo just 3:10 into the game and led the offense with four shots on goal in 78 minute of action on Friday night. She followed it up with two goals in Sunday’s PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge match with Akron, scoring her ninth and 10th goals of the season in a 2-0 shutout victory over the Zips. She now leads Kent State with 24 points on 10 goals and four assists. She is third in KSU record books in goals in a career (27) and points (69).
Defensive Player of the Week
Grace Labrecque, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Junior, Battle Creek, Mich. (Lakeview High School)
Grace Labrecque did not give up a goal in the Chippewas successful home stand this weekend shutting out Toledo on Friday and Northern Illinois on Sunday. Labrecque recorded four saves against Toledo and seven saves against Northern Illinois. In both games she made crucial diving saves to keep her shutout efforts alive. This weekend marked Labrecque’s first career back-to-back shutout games. She ranks fifth all-time in program history with seven career shutouts, passing Beth Quiney (1998-2001) after the win on Friday against Toledo.
Ali Russo, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Kalamazoo, Mich. (Kalamazoo Central)
Russo netted both of WMU’s goals in its 2-1 win over Ball State to remain undefeated in Mid-American Conference play on Sunday. Her first goal came in the fifth minute after beating a Ball State defender on a lob pass and slotting it into the far-right corner of the net. The goal was the first of the season and first of her career. She then added the game-winner after settling a cross into the box, spinning and firing it into the net to help WMU improve to 5-0-1 and extend the team’s seven game unbeaten streak.
Layne Schramm, Ball State, Goalkeeper
Senior, The Colony, Texas (The Colony HS)
Goalkeeper Layne Schramm recorded her fourth shutout of the year and the fourth in her past five starts in Ball State’s 1-0 victory Friday at Eastern Michigan. The Cardinals became just the second team all season to shut out the Eagles and the first in more than a month. Schramm made three saves as Ball State snapped Eastern Michigan’s six-game winning streak. The Eagles had scored 22 goals, more than three per game, during the streak. Schramm’s play helped the Cardinals hand Eastern Michigan its first conference loss as the Cardinals drew even with the Eagles in the league standings.
Victoria Jacobs, Ball State, Defender, Midfielder
Junior, Oakville, Ontario (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Victoria Jacobs scored the game-winning goal for Ball State in Friday’s victory at Eastern Michigan. Jacobs scored on a header off a corner kick in the 29th minute of play. The Cardinals made the 1-0 lead stand up the rest of the way as they snapped Eastern Michigan’s six-game winning streak to pull even with the Eagles in the MAC standings. It was the third goal of the year for Jacobs.
Laura Gosse, Central Michigan, Forward
Junior, Markham, Ontario (Markville Secondary School)
Laura Gosse led the Chippewa offensive explosion in first ten minutes against Northern Illinois. She delivered the first goal in the very first minute off a rebound after her teammate Nicole Samuel’s shot was blocked by the goalkeeper. Just four minutes later, she recorded another goal off a header that was sent on a cross from the far left side. Gosse’s two shots on goal both resulted in goals in CMU’s 3-0 victory on Sunday. Gosse leads the Chippewas this year with three goals this season and has the most career goals among current players with 11.
Stephanie Senn, Kent State, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Grand Island, N.Y., Grand Island
Sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Senn had another solid weekend in net for the Kent State Golden Flashes. She shut out both Buffalo (1-0) and Akron (1-0) to pick up her sixth shutout of the 2013 campaign. Senn has allowed just 11 goals this season (0.80 gaa) and has combined for 57 saves (.838 save percentage). As just a sophomore, she already ranks third all-time in shutouts in a career (14).
Sam Tiongson, Toledo, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Carmel, IN (Carmel HS)
Sophomore Sam Tiongson and the Rockets split a pair of matches over the weekend. Tiongson saw action in all 180 minutes between the posts and totaled four saves. The second-year letterwinner and UT dropped a 1-0 decision to CMU and claimed a 2-0 victory against BGSU. Tiongson was credited with two stops at Central Michigan on Friday. The Carmel, IN native allowed only a penalty kick against the reigning MAC West Division champions. Two days later at arch-rival Bowling Green, Tiongson was called upon to make two saves en route to earning her second shutout in the last three matches and third overall in 2013.
Rachel MacLeod, Toledo
Senior, Westerville, OH (Westerville Central HS)
Senior Rachel MacLeod tallied the eventual match-winning score at arch-rival Bowling Green on Sunday. The 2011 MAC Offensive Player of the Year has now registered a marker in seven of the 14 matches in 2013. MacLeod when she made a long run down the pitch and cut across the BGSU goalbox before firing a shot just inside the far post for her team-high 10th goal of the season. With yesterday’s blanking, UT extended its unbeaten streak to eight-consecutive matches (6-0-2 ledger) against the Falcons, dating back to 2007. The 2013 tri-captain finished yesterday’s cross-division showdown with a contest-best five shots. She also totaled a match-high five shots at Central Michigan on Friday. The four-year starter has now posted at least five shots on five occasions this fall, including each of the last three contests.
Lani Smith, Akron, Forward
Junior, Solon, Ohio (Hathaway Brown)
Lani Smith continued to provide a spark for the Zips offense this weekend. In Friday’s draw with Ohio, Smith posted her second game of the season in which she recorded a goal and an assist. Smith also registered a team high shots (7) and shots on goal (4) against OU. The native of Solon, Ohio remained on the pitch for the duration of both matches this past weekend.
Brianna Kanz, Akron, Defender
Junior, Strongsville, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
Brianna Kanz started both matches this past weekend on defense. On Friday, Kanz played the full 110 minutes, while also helping hold the Ohio offense to nine total shots and three corner kicks in the match. Kanz registered 82 minutes played on Sunday, and aided the Zips defense in holding Kent State to two corner kicks in the second half.
Holly Harris, Ohio, Forward
Sophomore, Batavia, Ohio (Batavia)
Harris found the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season and seventh of her career in the 15th minute last Friday, helping the University of Ohio soccer team earn a 2-2 draw at the University of Akron. Two days later at the University at Buffalo, Harris sent a cross into the box for junior forward Liz Finley, who buried it into the back of the net, providing the Bobcats with a 1-0 blanking of the Bulls. Harris finished the weekend with seven shots – including six on goal.
Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Senior, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori HS of Univ. Circle)
Liston finished the weekend with 15 saves after facing 47 shots on goal for the Ohio University soccer team and recorded her 19th career shutout – tied for the most in program history – Sunday in a 1-0 win for the Bobcats at the University at Buffalo. Prior to posting her third goose egg of the season and making eight saves at Buffalo, she turned back seven shots in 110:00 in net as Ohio drew even at the University of Akron, 2-2, on Friday.
Kayla Zakrzewski, Miami, Midfielder
Senior, London, Ontario (A.B. Lucas)
Zakrzewski helped Miami remain atop the MAC standings with a .666 win percentage with a big road weekend for the RedHawks. Taking on the two undefeated teams in the MAC entering the weekend, Miami pulled out a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Western Michigan and seized a 1-0 double-overtime win at Eastern Michigan on Sunday. With just 1:18 to go in the second overtime Zakrzewski collected the game-winner for the RedHawks as she sent the ball past the Eastern Michigan goalkeeper to the back of the net off a cross pass from the end line for the lone goal of the game at 108:42. It was the 10th career game-winning goal for Zakrzewski and her third of the season and second in as many weeks. For the week, Zakrzewski took four shots, three of which were on goal and notched one goal. She had a .750 shots on goal percentage for the weekend.
Lauren Kelly, Miami, Defender
Sophomore, Manhattan, Ill. (Lincoln-Way Central)
Kelly helped Miami remain atop the MAC standings with a .666 win percentage with a big road weekend for the RedHawks. Taking on the two undefeated teams in the MAC entering the weekend, Miami pulled out a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Western Michigan and seized a 1-0 double-overtime win at Eastern Michigan on Sunday. Kelly anchored a defense that collected the RedHawks’ sixth and seventh shutouts of the season with a pair in double overtime over the weekend and Miami’s sixth shutout win with the 1-0 triumph on Sunday. Kelly and the Miami defense withstood an Eastern Michigan attack that tallied 20 total shots, including six shots on goal.
Emily Nulty, NIU, Midfielder
Sophomore, Omaha, Neb. (Marian)
Emily Nulty was involved in both of NIU’s games over the weekend. On Friday against Bowling Green, she helped the Huskies pressure the Falcon defense, adding two shots (both on goal). On Sunday, as the team was attempting get back in the game against Central Michigan, Nulty was there to help set up opportunities for her teammates on offense.
Lauren Noonan, NIU, Defender
Junior, Lindenhurst, Ill. (Lake Community)
Lauren Noonan was part of a defensive unit that shutout opposing Bowling Green during regulation and two overtime periods on Friday against Bowling Green. She played all 110 minutes in that one and even added a shot on goal. On Sunday, she helped NIU keep Central Michigan scoreless over the last 80 minutes of the game.
Lauren Cadel, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Redshirt Freshman, Newmarket, Ontario (Sir William Mulock)
Redshirt freshman Lauren Cadel had a goals-against average of just 0.90 and a saves percentage of .900 in the Falcons’ two matches last week. She made 10 saves en route to the first shutout of her young career, as BGSU tied Northern Illinois, 0-0 in double overtime, Friday night. Cadel added eight more saves in Sunday’s match against Toledo. She has posted double-digit save totals in five of her 12 career starts, and ranks among the national leaders in saves and saves per game.