Jan. 12, 2011

CEDARVILLE, Ohio - For the third time in four years, the Miami University women’s soccer team had three players garner All-Ohio honors, the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association announced Tuesday. Seniors Brooke Livingston and Julie Thompson were selected First-Team All-Ohio while freshman Kayla Zakrzewski landed on the second team. The two first-team recipients are Miami’s most since 2002 when the ‘Hawks placed six members on the team, including three first-teamers.

Livingston (Lisle, Ill.), who was named Second-Team All-Ohio a year ago, started all 22 games at center back for Miami in 2010, the second straight year she’s started every match. Miami’s captain anchored a RedHawk defense that pitched six shutouts and compiled a 1.37 GAA. Livingston was named Second-Team All-MAC in 2010 after earning first-team honors the previous year. In addition to her defense, Livingston scored a career-high three goals – all headers off corner kicks – matching her career total entering the year, including scores in back-to-back MAC games. Her six points also matched her career total, while notching one game-winning goal.

Like Livingston, Thompson (Glenview, Ill.) was one of seven RedHawks to start all 22 games this year, as the midfielder was a vital cog in the offense helping distribute the ball. She totaled three goals and a career-best three assists on the year for nine points, with the three assists tying for fifth on the team. She had just one helper total her first three years in Oxford. Five of her nine points came in MAC play while she had the game-winning goal Aug. 29 vs. Western Illinois. Thompson was also named to the All-MAC Tournament Team.

Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) started all 22 games for Miami as a freshman, notching a trio of goals while handing out a team-best eight assists, which tied for tops in the league and was one shy of the school single-season record. Half of her helpers came in MAC play, which tied for third, while the other four came in the season opener Aug. 21 against Alabama A&M, as she set the school’s single-game record for assists. Zakrzewski finished with 14 points on the year, which was fourth on the team.

The OCSA All-Ohio teams are comprised of players from the 13 NCAA Division I schools located in the state of Ohio, including six MAC schools along with the likes of Ohio State, Dayton and Cincinnati, among others.