MAC Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Updated 10/28/2013

Offensive Player of the Week

Aubrey Sudomier, Western Michigan, Forward
Junior, Shelby Township, Mich. (Eisenhower)

Sudomier fired off a career-high six shots and landed all six on net along with two goals, which included the game-winner, in WMU’s 3-0 win over Akron. On Saturday she tallied the primary assist on both of Rachel Chaney’s goals in WMU’s 2-1 win over Buffalo. Her six point weekend pushed her total to a team-best 17 with five goals and seven assists. Her total is the most points by a Bronco since the 2011 season when Anina Cicerone scored 21 and Stephanie Skowneski scored 25 on her way to being named MAC Offensive Player of the Year. 

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Courtney Ksiazek, NIU, Defender
Senior, Neuqua, Ill. (Neuqua Valley)

In both of NIU’s games over the weekend, the team found itself ahead late, but facing a lot of offensive pressure. Courtney Ksiazek was there to help alleviate some of it. She helped the Huskies hold onto two one-goal leads by clearing the ball out of the Huskie defensive zone. Her help, combined with the rest of the Huskies on defense, propelled the team two a weekend in which they clinched a postseason spot. 

 

Other Nominees

Abbey Fiser, Ball State, Midfielder
Freshman, Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Southwest)

Abbey Fiser scored her first collegiate goal in Ball State’s win Friday at Bowling Green. Fiser’s goal came in the second half and provided some insurance for the Cardinals, giving them a 2-0 lead on the Falcons. Ball State went on to win 2-0.

 

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

Victoria Jacobs helped to anchor a Ball State defensive unit that allowed just one goal, and none in regulation, through two games over the weekend. The Cardinals shut out Bowling Green on Friday and then held Central Michigan scoreless until the second overtime on Sunday. Jacobs played every minute of both games. She also scored her fourth goal of the season less than a minute into the second half Friday for what proved to be the game-winner against Bowling Green.

 

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

Senior forward Jessacca Gironda moved up to second all-time in Kent State’s record book for goals scored after tallying two in a 1-1 weekend for the Kent State Golden Flashes.  Gironda scored Kent State’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Northern Illinois on Friday evening, and earned the game-winner in a 3-1 win over Toledo on Sunday.  She also assisted on KSU’s first goal of the game scored in the 32nd minute.  She leads her team and the Mid-American Conference with 12 goals and a league-high six game-winners. 

 

Jaclyn Dutton, Kent State, Forward
Senior, Bridgeport, Ohio (St. Clairsville/Clemson)

Jaclyn Dutton scored her second goal of the season on Sunday in Kent State’s 3-1 victory over host Toledo.   The goal, tallied in the 32nd minute, was the first of the game.  Dutton now has seven points on the year on two goals and three assists. 

 

Grace Labrecque, Central Michigan, Goalkeeper
Junior, Battle Creek, Mich. (Lakeview)

Grace Labrecque kept the Chippewas in the game making six straight saves after Miami scored four minutes into the game on Friday in its 1-0 win over CMU.

With the help of her teammates on the defensive end, Labrecque recorded her sixth shutout of the season, improving her record this season to 7-5-1 this season in Sunday’s home win over Ball State on Senior Day. Labrecque has tallied 10 shutouts in her career, which ranks third all-time in program history. The shutout win was the first Chippewa overtime home win since Central Michigan defeated Illinois State 1-0 on Sept. 13, 2009.

 

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

Nicole Samuel delivered the game winning goal at the in the 103rd minute to defeat Ball State 1-0 on Sunday. Samuel received a header from teammate Samantha Maher who gave Nicole just enough room to chip the ball over the diving Ball State goalkeeper. Samuel’s high floating shot just fell below the crossbar to give the Chippewas a Senior Day victory.

 

The goal was the second of the season for Samuel and eighth of her career. Maher‘s assist marked the first of her collegiate career.

 

Jenna Ditusa, Bowling Green, Goalkeeper
Freshman, West Chicago, Ill. (St. Fancis)

Freshman goalkeeper Jenna DiTusa made her collegiate debut last weekend, and had a total of 16 saves, a goals-against average of 1.35 and a saves percentage of .842 on the weekend. She made eight saves in her first-ever match at BGSU, Friday’s match vs. Ball State. On Sunday, DiTusa again made eight saves, including a diving stop of a penalty kick in the first half.

 

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

Bronke scored the only goal in a 1-0 shutout win over Central Michigan. Bronke took three shots against CMU, placing two on goal. The win against the Chippewas was the RedHawks’ ninth shutout win of the season and sixth straight shutout. Bronke helped Miami extend its unbeaten streak to nine straight with a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Bowling Green on Sunday. 

 

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

Norenberg set the Miami single-season record for shutouts with a 1-0 win against Central Michigan on Friday. Norenberg made five saves to pick up her ninth shutout of the season. The win against the Chippewas was the RedHawks’ ninth shutout win of the season and sixth straight shutout. Norenberg gave up just her first goal in seven games in a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Bowling Green. Norenberg helped Miami extend its unbeaten streak to nine straight with the tie at Bowling Green on Sunday. 

 

Holly Harris, Ohio, Defender
Sophomore, Batavia, Ohio (Batavia)

Harris scored in the 88th minute to help lift the Ohio University women’s soccer team to a 2-1 triumph over the University of Toledo Friday in Mid-American Conference action at Scott Park.  It was the fourth game-winning goal of Harris’ career, a breakaway with two minutes to play that was set up by a pass from junior defender/midfield Tonya Frasik (Lebanon, Ohio).

 

Emily Dzik, Eastern Michigan, Defender
Junior, Troy, Mich. (Troy)

Eastern Michigan University junior defender Emily Dzik was a vital part of the back line that helped the Eagles record four important points in MAC play as they set their sights on a MAC regular season title. Dzik assisted in allowing just one goal in a draw with the Buffalo Bulls, Oct. 25. In EMU’s, 4-1, victory over Akron, Oct. 27, the Troy, Mich. native contributed both offensively and defensively. Her header off a corner kick in the 46th minute gave EMU the lead for good. She and the rest of the EMU defense kept the Akron offense at bay by only allowing three shots on goal throughout the 90-minute match. Also, the strong defense prevented the Zips from earning any corner kick opportunities. 

 

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

Eastern Michigan University junior Angela Vultaggio recorded seven points in two games over the weekend, scoring three goals to go along with an assist. The forward scored the lone goal in a, 1-1 draw versus Buffalo, Oct. 25, before scoring two goals in EMU’s, 4-1, win over Akron, Oct. 27. Six of her seven shots attempted throughout the weekend landed on goal while half of them found the back of the net. She got EMU on the scoreboard first against the Bulls with a goal in the 12th minute before the game ended in a draw. With her team trailing, 1-0, against the Zips, Vultaggio tallied the equalizer in the 25th minute, rifling a shot past the Akron keeper to knot the contest up at one goal apiece with 20:18 remaining in the first half. In the second half, the Chesterfield, Mich. native would find teammate Cara Cutaia for a goal before receiving a pass from Cutaia six minutes later to score her second goal of the game. The three goal weekend gives Vultaggio 23 in her EMU career, placing her fourth all-time in EMU history. The scoring barrage helped put EMU in an opportunity to win its first MAC regular season championship since 2003.

 

Cori Frankenberg, NIU, Forward
Senior, Appleton, Wis (Appleton- East)

Cori Frankenberg put in two strong efforts in NIU’s first home game at night and on Senior Day. On Friday, against Kent State, she scored the game-tying goal just before the half on a shot from about 30 yards out. She also helped the team stay on offense and force a penalty shot in the second half, eventually leading to a win. On Sunday, she helped her teammates pressure the opposing Bobcats to come away with another victory, which sealed a postseason spot for the Huskies.