Jan. 10, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - Not only did the Miami women's soccer team work hard on the pitch in the fall, it also performed well in the classroom, as three RedHawks earned individual academic honors while the entire team was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Junior forward/midfielder Jess Kodiak and sophomore forward Katy Dolesh were both named Academic All-Mid-American Conference, the MAC office announced Monday. Both Kodiak and Dolesh, along with sophomore midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski , were also named First-Team Academic All-Ohio by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA). All three were also named All-Ohio and All-MAC earlier this season.
With two selections to the Academic All-MAC team, Miami has now had at least two players land on the squad each of the last three years, something that had never been done previously. Central Michigan and Toledo led the way on the 35-member team with eight honorees each. Miami's three selections to the Academic All-Ohio First Team tied for the most of any school with Toledo and Dayton on the 11-member squad.
Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.), who carries a 3.25 grade-point average while majoring in supply chain and operations management, was also named Academic All-MAC as a sophomore but earned Academic All-Ohio for the first time. A First-Team All-MAC, All-Ohio and Third-Team All-Great Lakes Region performer in 2011, Kodiak started all 18 games for Miami. She totaled a team-best 22 points and ranked second in the MAC with 1.22 ppg. She scored a career- and team-high nine goals, including four in league play, which tied for fourth in the MAC, while her 0.50 gpg overall led the league. Kodiak dished out four assists and had a three-game goal streak Aug. 21-28. She notched a pair of game-winning goals, both in the first multi-goal games of her career. She had a career-best six points Sept. 16 at Evansville and won MAC Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 24 after two goals vs. Northern Illinois.
Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio), a health studies major with a 3.33 GPA, is a first-time recipient of both her academic awards. A First-Team All-MAC and All-Ohio selection in 2011, she started all 16 games she played. She was second on the team with seven goals, including four in league play, tying for fourth in the MAC. Her 0.44 goals per game overall were third in the league. She added an assist Aug. 21 vs. Morehead State for a three-point game and had 15 points on the year. Dolesh tied a career high with two goals and four points Aug. 19 vs. IUPUI and earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week. She also picked up MAC Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 17 after scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime at Ohio, which started a three-game goal streak.
Zakrzewski (London, Ont.), who boasts a 3.26 GPA while majoring in sport studies, is a first time honoree on the Academic All-Ohio Team. A Second-Team All-MAC, All-Ohio and Third-Team All-Great Lakes Region performer in 2011, she also earned Capital One Academic All-District Third Team. Zakrzewski started all 18 games while recording a career-best seven goals, which tied for seventh in the MAC, including two in league play. She also handed out two assists for a career-best 16 points, tying for 10th in the MAC. She tied for second in the MAC with four game-winning goals while notching two goals Aug. 19 vs. IUPUI and Sept. 18 vs. Indiana State, the first multi-goal games of her career. She recorded a season-best five points in the IUPUI game.
In addition to the individual honors, Miami earned the Team Academic Award from the NSCAA with a cumulative team GPA of 3.30. It marked the second straight year the RedHawks have garnered the award and fourth time in program history. All 12 MAC schools earned the honor for compiling a team GPA above 3.0.
To be eligible for the Academic All-MAC Team, student-athletes must have completed at least one year at their institution, competed in at least half the team's games and have a cumulative GPA above 3.20.