CLEVELAND - After leading the Miami University women's soccer team to a pair of key wins over the weekend, sophomore midfielder Kelsey Dinges and redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Allison Norenberg swept the Mid-American Conference weekly awards. Dinges was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week while Norenberg captured Defensive Player of the Week honors, each winning the award for the first time in their careers.
Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) had a monster weekend for the RedHawks, tallying two goals and handing out two assists to keep Miami undefeated in the MAC and on top of the MAC standings. She had a hand in all four goals Miami scored on the weekend while helping extend the RedHawks' winning streak to a program-record nine games.
On Friday at Northern Illinois, she notched two goals and an assist in Miami's 3-2 win, for a career-high five points in the match. She scored the game-winning goal at NIU with just 4.8 seconds remaining in regulation to break a 2-2 tie and send the RedHawks to victory with her last-second header. The two goals against the Huskies tied a career high, her third career multi-goal game (all this year).
In Sunday's 1-0 win at Toledo, Dinges set up the game-winning goal, the only goal of the match, with her second assist of the weekend as Miami topped the Rockets in Toledo for the first time since 2002. Dinges now has a team-best 10 goals on the year and is tied for the team lead with 23 points, both of which are second in the MAC.
Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) was equally as strong in net as she allowed just two goals on the weekend while making seven saves for a 1.00 GAA and a .778 save percentage. In Friday's 3-2 win at NIU, Norenberg recorded three saves, allowing Miami to win the game late. On Sunday at Toledo, she pitched her sixth shutout of the season by stopping all four shots that came her away, including several early in the match to keep Miami level at 0-0 and then made another big save after Miami had taken a 1-0 lead.
Norenberg's six shutouts this year tie for third in school single-season history while she now has 10 shutouts in her career, which ties for second in Miami history. Norenberg has combined for two other shutouts this year and has been in goal for all 14 of Miami's wins this year.
Dinges' award marks the second straight week Miami has earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week, after junior Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) won it last week, while the RedHawks have now received it a total of five times this year. Zakrzewski has claimed the honor twice while senior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) and freshman Haley Walter (Cincinnati, Ohio) have each garnered the accolade once this year. Norenberg is the first RedHawk to earn Defensive Player of the Week this year.
Miami looks to clinch the MAC regular-season title with a win Friday at Central Michigan, which sits atop the West Division, just three points behind Miami in the overall standings. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. The RedHawks then host Bowling Green on Sunday, Oct. 21.