2003 Soccer Athletes of the Week
October 6, 2003-October 12, 2003
Offense: Kiley Zellner, Forward, Jr., Green Bay (Preble)
Zellner led the Blugold offense to a perfect 3-0 record in matches played this week, evening the Blugolds overall and conference records to 7-7-1 and 2-2. The junior forward had back-to-back huge games against River Falls and Macalester, scoring a hat trick against the Falcons while netting the game winning goal against the Scots. In a 3-0 victory over WIAC opponent River Falls, Zellner scored all three goals, including two within four minutes of each other in the first half. Her third goal of the match came in the 76th minute and eliminated all chances of a Falcon comeback. Against Macalester Zellner broke a 1-1 tie in the 55th minute with her sixth goal of the season and fourth in two games. The goal was the eventual game winner, leading the Blugolds to the victory over Macalester.
Defense: Erin Ziech, Defense, Sr., McFarland
Ziech played a huge role in the Blugold defense which allowed just one goal in three games this week, including posting shutouts against WIAC opponents River Falls and Superior. Her superior play on the defensive third stifled opposing teams offenses and led the Blugolds to the three victories, which evens their season record to 7-7-1 and 2-2 in conference action.
September 22, 2003-September 28, 2003
Offense: Sarah Bahlmann, Midfielder, Sr., Wisconsin Rapids (Lincoln)
Bahlmann played 115 out of a possible 120 minutes in a 2-2 tie of Elmhurst College. She helped the Blugolds dominate the air and helped to pressure the ball in the middle third of the field. While neither factors into the box score, the impact Bahlmann had on the game is inevitable.
Defense: Becky Westbrock, Defense/Midfield, Fr., Oakdale, MN (N. St. Paul)
Westbrock shut down one of the conference's leading goal scorers in Kelly Fink of Stevens Point and also helped the Blugolds tie Elmhurst 2-2 as she had some excellent defensive stances. In the overtime game Westbrock played 118 out of 200 minutes.
September 15, 2003-September 21, 2003
Offense: Jill Cope, So., Golden Valley, MN (Hopkins)
In both the Blugolds games this week Cope did a tremendous job this week of beating defenders in the final third. Her relentless pursuit in both games helped Eau Claire earn respect against No. 16 Macalester and her assist against Simpson led the Blugolds to a 3-0 victory.
Defense: Erin Ziech, Sr., McFarland
Despite playing hurt in both games this week, Ziech helped the Blugolds stay competitive against No. 16 Macalester as they held the potentially explosive offense to just two goals. On Sunday, Ziech's efforts on defense helped Eau Claire to its second shutout victory of the season.
September 8, 2003-September 14, 2003
Offense: Marcia Foltz, Forward, So., Madison (Memorial)
Foltz helped the Blugolds blank Concordia 6-0 as she totaled five points in the match. The sophomore forward got the scoring started for Eau Claire as she scored on a header just 1:27 into the game. After another Blugold goal, Foltz knocked another one past the Concordia goalkeeper for her second goal of the game. She would later add an assist to complete the five point day.
Defense: Megan Brady, Goalkeeper, Sr./Jr., Dousman (Waukesha Catholic)
Brady played solid goalkeeper against Concordia as she notched her first shutout of the season, blanking Concordia 6-0. Brady and the Blugold defense held Concordia to just three shots in the 90 minute match.
September 1, 2003-September 7, 2003
Offense: Kacie Fry, Sr., DePere (Notre Dame Academy)
Fry had an incredible match against St. Olaf, MN as she totaled five points on two goals and an assists. Fry's assist in the early going got the Blugold scoring started and her two goals throughout the game paved the way for a convincing 5-2 win against St. Olaf.
Defense: Emily Meisinger, Green Bay (Notre Dame Academy)
Meisinger helped anchor a Blugold defense that got Eau Claire off to a 2-2 start despite a schedule that featured three teams in the NSCAA Top 25 out of the first four games. Meisinger played every minute of the Blugolds first four games, all within seven days, and made many strong defensive tackles.
August 25, 2003-August 31, 2003
Offense: Jill Cope, Midfield, So., Golden Valley, MN (Hopkins)
Cope got the scoring started in the Blugolds victory over nationally ranked Denison University of Ohio as she made a beautiful shot over the goalkeepers head and into the side netting. The goal set the pace for three first half scores as the Blugolds topped No. 20 ranked Denison 3-1.
Defense: Erin Ziech, Defense, Sr., McFarland
Ziech showed why the Blugolds defense was so stingy in 2002 as she helped hold No. 1 ranked Ohio Wesleyan scoreless for 39 minutes in an eventual loss to the defending national champion. Ziech had many defensive tackles en route to holding off No. 20 ranked Denison and keeping the Big Red scoreless in the second half as the Blugolds topped the Big Red 3-1.