Dec. 13, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Two members of the Miami University women’s soccer team were named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has announced, as junior Jess Kodiak and sophomore Kayla Zakrzewski were each recognized for their strong 2011 season.
Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.), a forward, and Zakrzewski (London, Ont.), a midfielder, both landed on the Division I All-Great Lakes Region Third Team. The duo is two of just six players to be named to any of the three teams from the Mid-American Conference with two also coming from Toledo and two from Central Michigan. Four of the six honorees from the MAC landed on the third team. It is the first all-region selection for both RedHawks and the first for Miami since Lindsay Dunmead in 2005.
Kodiak, a First-Team All-MAC selection this year, started all 18 games in 2011 while tying for second in the MAC with 22 points, which led Miami. She scored a career-high nine goals, which was tops in the conference, including four in league play, which tied for fourth in the MAC. Kodiak also tied for second on the team with four assists. She notched a pair of game-winning goals and also recorded the first two multi-goal games of her career, including Sept. 16 at Evansville, when she totaled a career-best six points. She was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 24.
Zakrzewski, who is a two-time Second-Team All-MAC performer, was second on the team and tied for eighth in the MAC with 16 points. She started all 18 games while recording a career-best seven goals, which tied for sixth in the MAC. Zakrzewski also handed out a pair of assists on the year while scoring two of her goals in MAC play. She tied for the MAC lead with four game-winning goals, including both her goals in league play and the other two coming in her two multi-goal games in 2011, which were Aug. 19 vs. IUPUI and Sept. 18 vs. Indiana State. She was also selected Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District following the season.
The Great Lakes Region consists of schools from the MAC, the Big Ten, the Horizon League and the Missouri Valley Conference. The All-Great Lakes Region teams are then voted on by the coaches that are members of the NSCAA.