CLEVELAND - Coming off a Mid-American Conference regular-season title and an unbeaten MAC campaign, the Miami University women's soccer team continued to bring in the awards Thursday when the MAC announced its specialty awards and All-MAC teams for women's soccer. Senior Jess Kodiak earned MAC Offensive Player of the Year while freshman Haley Walter was tabbed MAC Freshman of the Year. A total of five RedHawks earned All-MAC honors.
In addition to her MAC Offensive Player of the Year honor, Kodiak was selected to the All-MAC First Team along with juniors Katy Dolesh and Kayla Zakrzewski and sophomore Kelsey Dinges. Walter garnered Second-Team All-MAC recognition as the lone freshman to land on either All-MAC squad while she was also the lone RedHawk tabbed to the All-Freshman Team. Kodiak becomes the fifth RedHawk to win MAC Player of the Year and the first since Kathleen Vistica in 2006 while Walter is just the third player in program history to pick up MAC Freshman of the Year with Sara Lund the last to do so in 2007.
The four first-teamers were the second-most among MAC schools as Central Michigan placed five on the First Team while Eastern Michigan took the final two spots. Miami has not placed four on the All-MAC First Team since putting five on the squad in 2002 while the five All-MAC honorees are also the most since 2002 when six RedHawks were recognized.
Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.), who was a First-Team All-MAC selection last year as well, leads Miami with 29 points on the year, which is second in the MAC, 14 of which came during league play. Her 10 goals tie for the team lead and are also tied for second in the MAC, while her nine assists are third in the conference. The 2012 team captain tallied three multi-goal games on the year, recording five points twice, including Oct. 21 vs. Bowling Green. Both of her game-winning goals on the year came in MAC play, including at Ohio Sep. 28.
Walter (Cincinnati, Ohio) had a stellar rookie season, totaling 23 points, which ties for fifth in the MAC, while her eight goals tie for fourth in the league. She also handed out seven assists, which ties for fifth in the league. Walter notched 11 points in league play, including four goals, and led the conference with five game-winning goals overall on the year, including three in MAC play. The speedy outside midfielder scored two goals Aug. 26 against Milwaukee and notched her biggest goal Oct. 19 at Central Michigan, scoring the game-winner in double overtime to clinch the MAC title for Miami.
Like Kodiak, Dolesh (Chardon, Ohio) was a repeat selection to the All-MAC First-Team after matching Walter's stats with 23 points on eight goals and seven assists, all of which rank in the top five in the MAC. Dolesh led Miami with 16 points in league play, scoring six of her eight goals, while the 16 points were the most in conference action. She recorded a goal and an assist three times during the season, including in wins at Kent State and over Bowling Green, and scored the game-winner Oct. 14 at Toledo. Dolesh is now a three-time All-MAC performer, landing on the Second Team as a freshman in 2010.
Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) also became a three-time All-MAC honoree with her First-Team nod Thursday, as she has earned Second-Team All-MAC each of her first two years in Oxford. She tied for third in the MAC with 24 points on seven goals and a school single-season record 10 assists, which ranks second in the MAC. The aggressive flanker recorded 15 of her points in MAC action, including seven helpers. Zakrzewski logged five points in the MAC opener Sep. 21 vs. Akron with her lone multi-goal game of the year while also adding an assist. She had a goal and two helpers Oct. 5 in a win over Western Michigan, as well. Both of her game-winners came against MAC teams, scoring in the closing minutes in a win over Eastern Michigan Oct. 7 and scoring early in a 1-0 quarterfinal win over Ohio last Sunday.
Rounding out Miami's quartet of First-Team All-MAC recipients, Dinges (Smithton, Ill.), who picked up her first All-MAC honor Thursday, is tied for third in the MAC with 24 points while her 10 goals tie for second with Kodiak. She also added four assists during the season. Fifteen of her points came during MAC competition, including six goals. Dinges scored two goals in a game three different times during the year, including back-to-back Oct. 7 vs. Eastern Michigan and Oct. 12 at Northern Illinois. In the NIU game, she tallied a career-high five points, also handing out an assist, and scored the game-winner with less than five seconds remaining to break a 2-2 tie. Dinges finished with three game-winners on the season.
All five of Miami's All-MAC performers played and started all 20 games on the season. All but Dolesh each earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week once during the season as well, while Zakrzewski earned the weekly honor twice on the year.
In addition to all of Miami's All-MAC honorees, head coach Bobby Kramig was named MAC Coach of the Year for the first time while at the helm of the women's program after leading the RedHawks to a 17-2-1 record and a 10-0-1 mark in league play this year. He was twice named MAC Coach of the Year while coaching Miami's men's team.
The top-seeded RedHawks resume MAC Tournament action at home Friday, facing fourth-seeded Kent State at 11 a.m. at Miami Soccer Field. No. 2 seed Central Michigan and No. 6 seed Toledo follow at 2 p.m. in the day's second semifinal.
Offensive Player of the Year
Jess Kodiak, Miami
Defensive Player of the Year
Bailey Brandon, Central Michigan
Freshman of the Year
Haley Walter, Miami
Coach of the Year
Bobby Kramig, Miami
Bailey Brandon, Central Michigan, Sr., D
Autumn Hawkins, Central Michigan, Sr., MF
Katie, Slaughter, Central Michigan, Sr., D
Stefanie Turner, Central Michigan, Sr., GK
Laura Twidle, Central Michigan, Sr., F
Emily Dzik, Eastern Michigan, So., D
Bianca Rossi, Eastern Michigan, So., F
Kelsey Dinges, Miami, So., MF
Katy Dolesh, Miami, Jr., MF
Jess Kodiak, Miami, Sr., F
Kayla Zakrzewski, Miami, Jr., MF
Kelly DeNiro, Akron, Jr. MF
Ashley Hughes, Akron, Jr., F
Pavla Benyrova, Ball State, So., D
Cara Cutaia, Eastern Michigan, Jr., MF
Jaclyn Dutton, Kent State, Jr., F
Stephanie Haugh, Kent State, So., F
Hannah Newhouse, Kent State, Jr., D
Haley Walter, Miami, Fr., MF
Amy Carr, Northern Illinois, Jr., GK
Cat Rogers, Ohio, Sr., MF
Natalia Gaitan, Toledo, Sr., D
Megan Waskowski, Forward, Akron
Katie George, Defender, Akron
Klaire Adee, Goalkeeper, Akron
Morgan Whitfield, Forward, Ball State
Aubrey Hauenstein, Forward, Ball State
Kalynn Flanagan, Forward, Ball State
Jenna Underwood, Goalkeeper, Bowling Green
Kristin Markiewicz, Defender, Buffalo
Danielle Rotheram, Forward/MF, Central Michigan
Christen Chiesa, Midfield/Def, Central Michigan
Josie Seebeck, Midfielder, Central Michigan
Haley Walter, Midfielder, Miami