CLEVELAND - Miami University sophomore midfielder Kelsey Dinges was named Mid-American Conference Female Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of Nov. 5-11, the MAC office announced Thursday. The award is the first such honor of her career.
Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) kept Miami Soccer's season alive last 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.
The First-Team All-MAC performer also 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.
In addition to earning MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week, Dinges was tabbed Co-National Primetime Player of the Week by collegesoccer360.com on Wednesday for her late-game heroics. She was also tabbed MAC Soccer Offensive Player of the Week during the season on Oct. 15. She has 11 goals and seven assists for 29 points on the year, which is second on the team.
Dinges is an early childhood education major and carries a 3.04 grade-point average. She is the second RedHawk to win MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week this year, as volleyball's Meg Riley has twice won the honor this season.
Northern Illinois' Mike Mascitti (soccer) was named MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week.
The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.
Dinges leads the RedHawks into the second round of the NCAA Tournament today, Friday, Nov. 16, against No. 15 Duke. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. in Charlottesville, Va. at the University of Virginia's Klockner Stadium.