OXFORD, Ohio – Coming off a record-setting year in 2012, the Miami University women’s soccer team has high expectations heading into 2013 and CollegeSportsMadness.com recognized seven players, along with head coach Bobby Kramig, for Mid-American Conference preseason honors.
Senior forward/midfielder Katy Dolesh, who will serve as team captain this season, was named the MAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by College Sports Madness. Should she win it, she would be the second straight RedHawk to claim it after Jess Kodiak won the award last year. Dolesh, a First-Team All-MAC selection the last two years, started all 24 games in 2012 while scoring nine goals and adding eight assists for 26 points.
Freshman forward/midfielder Rachel Marble was selected the Preseason MAC Freshman of the Year after current sophomore midfielder Haley Walter earned 2012 MAC Freshman of the Year honors. Marble, who attended Midland Dow High School and also played for the Michigan Hawks club team, was a first-team all-state selection as a high school senior and was named Michigan Player of the Year by High School Sports Scene Magazine. She tallied 26 goals while dishing out 23 assists in her final year at Midland Dow.
A total of five RedHawks were tabbed to the Preseason All-MAC First-Team, while one landed on the Second Team. Dolesh led the quintet of College Sports Madness MAC preseason first-teamers. Walter, who was a Second-Team All-MAC performer last season, was also chosen for the preseason first team after booting 10 goals and handing out nine assists for 29 points as a freshman, tying for second on the team in points.
Joining Dolesh and Walter on the Preseason All-MAC First Team are senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski, junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges and senior center back Sam Parrish. Zakrzewski is a three-time All-MAC selection, garnering first-team honors last year when she posted nine goals and was second on the team with 11 assists for 29 points. Dinges found the back of the net 11 times last season and collected seven helpers en route to also totaling 29 points and earning First-Team All-MAC honors, while Parrish helped anchor a defense that gave up just one goal per game last season. All five RedHawks on the College Sports Madness Preseason All-MAC First Team started all 24 games during last year’s MAC championship season.
The lone RedHawk to be named to the Preseason All-MAC Second Team is senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg. Norenberg started all 24 games in 2012 and played all but 50 minutes last season in net, posting a 1.00 goals-against average with a .778 save percentage and eight complete shutouts, tying the school’s single-season record. She posted a 20-3-1 record as a junior last year, as well.
In addition to the seven RedHawks honored with preseason accolades, Kramig, the 2012 MAC Coach of the Year, was also named MAC Preseason Coach of the Year by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
In all, Miami was awarded three of the four preseason specialty awards while no other MAC school had more than three players chosen for the Preseason All-MAC First Team (Eastern Michigan was second with three). The six RedHawks tabbed preseason All-MAC were also the most of any school with EMU again second as four Eagles were selected preseason All-MAC by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
Miami opens the 2013 season with an exhibition match Saturday, Aug. 17 at Xavier at 7 p.m. The RedHawks then kick off the regular season Aug. 23 at Illinois State.