MAC Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 10/21/2013

Offensive Player of the Week

Kelsey Dinges, Miami, Midfielder
Junior, Smithton, Ill. (Althoff Catholic)
Dinges scored three of Miami’s four goals for the weekend as the RedHawks recorded a pair of 2-0 wins against Northern Illinois and Toledo. Dinges helped the RedHawks recorded their ninth shutout and eighth shutout win of the season and extended MU’s unbeaten streak to seven straight games. Transitioning in the last two weeks from midfielder to forward, Dinges doubled her season goal output over the weekend despite not having played at the position the first seven weeks of the season. She notched the insurance goal against the Huskies in the 65th minute on Friday, cashing in on her only shot on goal of the game. Dinges broke open a 0-0 tie against the Rockets in the 61st minute with a long goal from 30 feet out. In the last second of the game, Dinges tacked on her second goal of the game, putting one past the Rocket goalkeeper at 89:59. Dinges took eight shots on the weekend, placing four on goal, while tallying three goals for a total of six points for the weekend. 


Defensive Player of the Week

Megan McCabe, Eastern Michigan, Goalkeeper
Sophomore, Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect)

Eastern Michigan University goalkeeper Megan McCabe led the Eagles to a pair of victories over two MAC East opponents by not allowing a goal in a 3-0 victory over Ohio, Oct. 18, and in a 2-0 win against Kent State, Oct. 20. In 180 minutes, McCabe made 12 saves, preventing all opponents’ shots on goal from finding the back of the net. The EMU defensive leader stopped all seven shots the Bobcats sent her way, Friday, to record her second individual shutout of the season. The sophomore not only held down the defensive side of the pitch in the Eagles’ weekend sweep, but she also recorded her third consecutive shutout away from the friendly confines of Scicluna Field against Kent State. The Arlington Heights, Ill. native stopped all five shots on goal that the Golden Flashes sent her direction.


Other Nominees

Gabby Veldman, Ball State, Midfielder
Freshman, South Bend, Ind. (Mishawaka Marian HS)

Gabby Veldman scored one goal and made a play that led to the other in Ball State’s 2-2 tie Friday against Toledo. The freshman set up Ball State’s first goal of the day with a pass that left teammate Michelle Blok one-on-one with the Toledo goalkeeper. Blok’s first attempt was stopped, but she immediately scored on the rebound. Veldman then accounted for the Cardinals’ second score with her first collegiate goal in the second half. Both plays proved critical in helping Ball State to the draw, claiming one point for the Cardinals in the tight race for the MAC Tournament.


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

Junior Lani Smith provided the Zips with a game-winning goal on Sunday in the 2-1 win over BGSU late in the game at the 85:42 mark for her seventh goal of the season. Overall in Sunday’s match, Smith tallied four shots and remained on the pitch for the duration of the match. On Friday against Central Michigan, Smith registered one shot in 83 minutes played. 


Maggie Rusnak, Akron, Defender
Senior, Canton, Ohio (Massillon Jackson)

Senior Maggie Rusnak provided the Zips strong defense this past weekend against CMU and BGSU. On Friday vs. CMU, Rusnak helped keep CMU scoreless through the first half with the Zips holding the Chippewas to two corner kicks and zero shots on goal. Rusnak continued to be instrumental in the 2-1 win over BGSU on Sunday, as the UA defense held Bowling Green scoreless in the second half. Bowling Green mustered one shot on goal and received zero corner kicks in the second half against the Rusnak led defense. 


Laura Gosse, Central Michigan, Forward
Junior, Markham, Ontario (Markville Secondary School)

Laura Gosse led the Chippewas in scoring recording two of the three goals scored in both wins over the weekend. Gosse has scored a goal in three consecutive games for CMU, all being game winners. Laura leads the Chippewas in goals this season with five which matches her career high that was set last season. She also has the most career goals on the team with 13 in her career at CMU. Gosse scored the game winning goal on Friday night at Akron when Estee Outcalt delivered a corner kick to Gosse who was who was stationed near the top of the box, floating the ball with a header just over the goalkeeper's reach for a 1-0 Chippewa advantage. On Sunday, Gosse scored the game winning goal in double overtime at Buffalo in the 104th minute. After a CMU player was fouled just outside the box, senior defender Estee Outcalt stepped up to take the free kick. Her service looked to be sailing long and out of bounds but senior midfielder Tory Kinniard managed to get her head on the ball, keeping it alive. Kinniard’s pass went to junior forward Laura Gosse, who headed it into the net, lifting CMU to the sudden victory.
Emily Basten, Central Michigan, Defender
Sophomore, Hoffman Estates, Ill. (William Fremd)

Emily Basten led the Chippewa defensive unit in accomplishing two shutouts this weekend against Akron and Buffalo. On Friday, Akron only recorded three shots on goal for the entire match. The Chippewas defense rose to the occasion again on Sunday, allowing just three shots on goal against Buffalo in 104 total minutes of play. Basten both locked down offensive players that she went up against and blocked many shots near the goal. She gave her goalkeeper Grace Labrecque the opportunity to see the shots that came her way in both matches this weekend which guided the team to two shutout efforts. 


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

Eastern Michigan University forward Angela Vultaggio was an offensive leader in both of the Eagles’ road victories this weekend. The EMU junior earned six points on the weekend with two goals and two assists, sending 9 of her 13 shots on goal. Vultaggio landed five of her six shots on goal, finding the net once in EMU’s 3-0 win over Ohio, Oct. 18. At OU, the junior forward doubled the EMU lead, rebounding her own shot to put the Eagles up, 2-0, with 34:47 remaining in the first half. She also recorded an assist against the Bobcats, finding teammate Cara Cutaia for a goal in the 79th minute. After scoring three points in Friday’s win, the Chesterfield, Mich. native provided three more points as Eastern shut out MAC East Division-leading Kent State, 2-0, Oct. 20. With 32:45 left in regulation, Vultaggio and Cutaia made a pair of sharp passes to find Rossi in the middle of the box who blasted the ball into the upper left corner of the net. EMU had another scoring opportunity in the 80th minute as KSU's Morgan Mah was issued a red card, giving Vultaggio a penalty kick attempt. Kent State goalkeeper Stephanie Senn stepped up to block the penalty kick, but Vultaggio followed her shot to send the rebound past the KSU goalie and double the Eagles' advantage, 2-0. 


Madeline Wideman, Bowling Green, M/F
Senior, Troy, Mich. Troy

Scored her team-leading third goal of the season in the Falcons’ narrow 2-1 loss to Akron on Sunday. Her goal came on a blast from distance, and gave BG a 1-0 lead midway through the opening half. Wideman had five of the Falcons’ seven shot attempts on the afternoon, and had totals of seven shot attempts and four shots on goal in last week’s two games. She had over half of the team’s shots on the weekend, as BGSU had 11 total shots and six SOG in the two games. In her BGSU career, Wideman now has 28 points on eight goals and 12 assists. She leads all current BGSU players in each of those three categories.


Lauren Cadel, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Redshirt-freshman, Newmarket, Ontario (Sir William Mulock)

Had 15 saves, a saves percentage of .833 and a goals-against average of 1.50 in the Falcons’ two games last week. BGSU lost one-goal games to Buffalo (1-0) and Akron (2-1) on the road. In the Buffalo game, she had a total of 11 saves, for her sixth double-digit total in that category this season to date. Cadel made 10 saves in the first half vs. UB, including no fewer than eight stops within the first 24 minutes of the match.  On the season (and in her career), Cadel has a saves percentage of .796 and a total of 109 saves.  Her save total is tied for the seventh-highest in a season in BGSU history.  In her first playing season with the Falcons, she already ranks fifth on the BGSU career saves list.


Mattie Liston, Ohio, Goalkeeper
Senior, Lakewood, Ohio (Montessori of Unviv. Circle)

Liston helped the Ohio University women’s soccer team finish its fourth weekend of Mid-American Conference play with an 0-1-1 mark – including a 0-0 Senior Day draw against Western Michigan on Sunday at Chessa Field. She totaled 22 saves – including matching her career high of 15 saves Friday against Eastern Michigan – and faced 25 shots on goal. With the Sunday shutout of Western Michigan, Liston broke Ohio’s record for most career shutouts by a goalkeeper with 20. Liston’s career saves total now stands at 378, which ranks sixth in MAC history.

Holly Harris, Ohio, Defender
Sophomore, Batavia, Ohio (Batavia)
Harris helped the Ohio University women’s soccer team finish its fourth weekend of Mid-American Conference play with an 0-1-1 mark – including a 0-0 Senior Day draw against Western Michigan on Sunday at Chessa Field. She led the Bobcats with four shots on goal and currently leads the squad with 43 shots on the season – including a team-best 23 on goal. Harris is also tied for the team lead in points (9) and goals (3).
Allison Norenberg, Miami, Goalkeeper
Senior, Palatine, Ill. (William Fremd)
Norenberg, who set the Miami record for career shutouts on Oct. 11, added to her career total with a pair of shutout wins against Northern Illinois and Toledo over the weekend. Norenberg collected her 19th and 20th career shutouts in 2-0 wins against the Huskies and Rockets. She pushed her season total to eight shutouts, which ties the Miami single-season record she also equaled a season ago. Six of her shutouts have come in MAC play. It was the fifth straight shutout for Norenberg and the RedHawks. With the wins, Norenberg helped the RedHawks extend their unbeaten streak to seven straight games. She posted six saves on the weekend, including five against the Rockets, while playing a full 90 minutes in both games. With a 0.0 Goals-Against Average for the past five games, Norenberg owns an impressive 0.35 Goals-Against Average in MAC play while posting a solid .909 save percentage in league action.
Morgan Mah, Kent State, Defender
Senior, Edmonton, Alberta
Senior defender Morgan Mah (Edmonton, Alberta) sparked the Kent State comeback on Friday afternoon during a 3-2 overtime victory over undefeated in the west division of the MAC, Western Michigan.  Down 2-0 almost 20 minutes into the second period, Morgan Mah tallies a goal in the 64th minute to cut the KSU deficit to one.  She ignited the Golden Flashes offense to go on and score two more goals, including one in overtime, to defeat WMU 3-2.   Mah also assisted on the game-winning goal just 1:22 into the overtime period. 
Brianna Bartalone, Kent State
Sophomore, Auburn, Ohio (Kenston)
Sophomore defender Brianna Bartalone had another solid weekend en route to a 1-1 weekend for the Golden Flashes soccer team.  After Western Michigan held a 2-0 lead over the Flashes’ on Friday night, Bartalone and the KSU defense buckled down to stop the Broncos attack and eventually earn the win.  Bartalone has helped a Kent State defense shut out seven total shutouts this season, and a 10-6 overall record. 
Jess Wooldridge, NIU, Midfielder
Freshman, Center Point, Iowa (Center Point-Urbana)

Jess Wooldridge had a career day against the Cardinals on Sunday. She scored two goals in one game for the first time in her young career. She was the entire offensive output for NIU in the game, allowing the Huskies to keep up with opposing Ball State despite being more than doubled up on team shots (27-11). Both of Wooldridge’s shots came during the second half of the match.


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

Amy Carr back-to-back career performances over the weekend. On Friday, against Miami (Ohio), she tied her career mark for saves in one game with nine. On Sunday, against Ball State, she set a new career high for saves in one game with 11. Carr was responsible for several crucial saves during the two games which kept NIU in the games. One save came during the first overtime period against Ball State when she grabbed a penalty kick to keep the score tied.