OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the week of Nov. 5-11 are sophomore midfielder Kelsey Dinges on the women's side and senior quarterback Zac Dysert on the men's side.
Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) kept Miami soccer's season alive Sunday as she scored the game-tying goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime at No. 20 Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She lofted a bouncing half-volley from just outside the 18-yard box over the UT keeper's head and just under the crossbar for the goal. She then assisted on Miami's game-winning goal just 4:43 into overtime as Miami advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history with a 3-2 win over Tennessee. Dinges was a menace for the Lady Vols much of the second half, firing three shots over the final 10 minutes of regulation. She totaled three points in 83 minutes of action in the win, which was Miami's first ever over an SEC opponent.
This marks the second time Dinges has been named Miami's Female Athlete of the Week this year, also earning the honor for the week of Oct. 8-14.
Dysert (Ada, Ohio) passed for 455 yards versus first-place Kent State Saturday, completing 37-of-50 attempts and tossing four touchdown passes. It was the captain's third career game of at least 400 yards passing, but only his second best effort of 2012, having passed for 516 yards against Akron on Sept. 29. Dysert is averaging 292.2 passing yards per game in 2012 and now ranks third on the MAC's career passing yardage list with 11,452 yards. Last week alone, he eclipsed the career passing records of 15 NCAA FBS quarterbacks, including Tennessee's Peyton Manning, WMU's Tim Hiller, Southern California's Carson Palmer and Central Florida's Daunte Culpepper. Dysert now ranks 26th in NCAA history in career passing yards.
Dysert has now earned Miami Male Athlete of the Week four times this year and six times in his RedHawk career.
Dinges leads the RedHawks' soccer team into the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday when Miami battles No. 15 Duke in Charlottesville, Va. at 4 p.m. Dysert and the football team are back on the field Saturday at Central Michigan with kickoff set for 1 p.m.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 20. For a list of previous winners, click here.
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