- 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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois' Mike Mascitti (soccer) was named MAC Male Scholar Athlete of 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.
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.