Soccer Sweeps Conference Weekly Awards – Kent State Golden Flashes

CLEVELAND – Two student-athletes on the Kent State soccer team have earned Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors, the league office announced Tuesday. 

Freshman Kelsey Salopek earned Offensive Player of the Week honors, while junior Dalaney Ranallo was named the Defensive Player of the Week. The duo helped lead the Golden Flashes to wins over Ohio and Akron in the first weekend of conference play. 

Salopek totaled three goals on five shots during a breakout week for the freshman. Her first collegiate goal and first career brace came against Ohio on Thursday night, and she was responsible for the only goals scored by either side on the evening. In the Wagon Wheel rivalry game on Sunday, Salopek scored again, vanquishing any hopes the Zips had in a comeback.

Ranallo tallied two assists, both to Salopek, and helped lead the defense to two shutout victories. The junior was able to find Salopek twice on free kicks, playing perfectly-placed balls into the box that the freshman was able to drill into the back of the net. Against Akron, Ranallo and the Flashes’ defense limited the Zips to only six shots, none of which were on goal, and just two corner kick opportunities. 

Kent State continues with #MACtion this week, traveling to Kalamazoo to face Western Michigan on Thursday, Sept. 29, and hosting Toledo on Sunday, Oct. 2.

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