KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The awards continue to roll in for the Miami University women's soccer team, as five RedHawks were named to the All-Great Lakes Region Team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced Tuesday. Senior forward Jess Kodiak and junior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski each landed on the All-Great Lakes Region First Team. Junior midfielder Katy Dolesh and sophomore midfielder Kelsey Dinges both were named to the Second Team while freshman midfielder Haley Walter garnered Third-Team honors.
In addition, the NSCAA released its final national rankings of the year and Miami finished 27th in the poll after arguably the best season in school history. The RedHawks' No. 27 ranking is the program's best ranking at the end of a season in school history, just finishing outside the top 25. Tennessee, which Miami beat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in overtime, 3-2, was just ahead in 26th. The 'Hawks totaled 41 points in the poll while the Lady Vols had 52. Duke, which beat Miami in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 4-1, finished at No. 8. The complete NSCAA poll can be found here.
Miami, which captured its first Mid-American Conference Regular-Season and Tournament Championships this year for the first time since 2002, finished with a school-record 20 wins, going 20-3-1, including a 16-game unbeaten streak. The 20 wins tied for fourth-most in the country this year while Miami's 10-0-1 MAC record was just the second undefeated campaign in league history. The 'Hawks also made their fourth ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, making the second round for the third straight trip. Miami finished with an RPI of 33, which was tops among MAC schools.
The RedHawks were one of only two teams to place more than only player on the All-Great Lakes Region First Team, as No. 2 Penn State placed three on the squad. Miami's five overall All-Region honorees tied Penn State for the most of any team in the region. Central Michigan was the only other MAC school to have players named All-Region, putting one player on each of the three teams. Miami's five All-Region recipients also tied for the most RedHawks to earn the honor in one year with the 2002 team also putting two players on the first team, two on the second team and one on the third team.
Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.), who earned Third-Team All-Region last year, was named an NSCAA Third-Team All-American on Friday. She also earned MAC Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-MAC and All-MAC Tournament Team honors at the end of the season. The team captain started all 24 games and led the team with 36 points, which was second in the MAC and 21st nationally. Kodiak set the school single-season record with 12 assists, which led the MAC and was sixth nationally. She added a team-best 12 goals, which was second in the MAC and included three game-winners and four multi-goal matches.
Zakrzewski (London, Ont.), who also garnered Third-Team All-Region a year ago, tied for second on the team with 29 points. Like Kodiak, she was tabbed First-Team All-MAC and to the All-MAC Tournament Team. The speedy flanker started all 24 games, scoring nine goals, tying for fifth in the MAC, and adding 11 assists, which tied for second in the MAC and 13th nationally. She scored three game-winning goals, including in overtime to defeat Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, and notched a point in 15 of the 24 games, scoring two goals and adding an assist against Akron Sep. 21.
Dolesh (Chardon, Ohio) was another First-Team All-MAC selection, starting all 24 games while totaling 26 points on nine goals and eight assists, all of which rank in the top six in the MAC. She scored her lone game-winner Oct. 14 in a 1-0 win at Toledo and also scored Miami's first goal in the win at Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament. Dolesh recorded three three-point games on the year, as well. She fired a team-high 71 shots this season, including 37 on goal.
Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) was the fourth RedHawk to claim First-Team All-MAC honors, totaling 29 points, which was second on the team and third in the MAC, while starting all 24 games. She was also second on the team with her 11 goals, which ranked third in the MAC, and handed out seven assists to tie for seventh in the MAC. Three of her goals were game-winners, including in overtime at Belmont Sep. 2 and with four seconds remaining at Northern Illinois Oct. 12. She also scored the game-tying goal with nine seconds left at Tennessee and then assisted on the game-winner. Dinges totaled three multi-goal games on the season.
Walter (Cincinnati, Ohio) rounds out the group of All-Region honorees as she was one of just two freshmen to be named All-Region. She was named MAC Freshman of the Year and earned Second-Team All-MAC honors, as well as All-MAC Tournament Team accolades. She tied for second on the team with 29 points while starting all 24 games. Her 10 goals were third on the team and fourth in the MAC while she also handed out nine assists, which was also fourth in the league. Walter tallied a MAC-best five game-winning goals, including in her only two-goal effort at Milwaukee Aug. 26 and the overtime regular-season win at Central Michigan Oct. 19. She also scored Miami's only goal in the NCAA Tournament second-round loss to Duke.
The Great Lakes Region consists of schools from the Big Ten, the MAC, the Missouri Valley Conference, the Horizon League and the Summit League. The complete All-Great Lakes Region Teams can be seen here.