Nov. 3, 2011
CLEVELAND - Three members of the Miami University women’s soccer team garnered All-Mid-American Conference honors, including a pair of first-teamers, the league office announced Thursday. Sophomore midfielder Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio) and junior forward Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) each received First-Team accolades while sophomore midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) was a Second-Team All-MAC recipient.
Central Michigan landed four players on the All-MAC First Team while Toledo had three selections and Miami and Western Michigan each had two. Akron had three players tabbed to the second team while the Rockets and Broncos each put two more players on the squad. Miami, Ball State, Bowling Green and Buffalo each had one member represented on the second team.
Dolesh, who received Second-Team All-MAC and All-MAC Freshman Team honors last year, started all 16 games she played. She tied for sixth in the MAC and second on the team with seven goals during the year, including four in league play, which tied for fourth in the MAC. She also added an assist for 15 points on the year, which was third on the team. Dolesh matched a career high with two goals Aug. 19 vs. IUPUI and earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts, also picking up MAC Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 17 after scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime at Ohio.
Kodiak, who was an All-MAC Freshman Team selection in 2009, 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 like Dolesh earned Second-Team All-MAC and All-MAC Freshman Team accolades a year ago, 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.
Toledo’s Rachel MacLeod was named MAC Offensive Player of the Year while Central Michigan’s Liesel Toth earned MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Toledo head coach Brad Evans earned MAC Coach of the Year after leading the Rockets to the regular-season title while Eastern Michigan’s Angela Vultaggio received MAC Freshman of the Year.
All-MAC First Team
Claire Horton, Central Michigan, MF
Ashley Mejilla, Central Michigan, MF
Katy Dolesh, Miami, MF
Anina Cicerone, Western Michigan, MF
Jess Kodiak, Miami, F
Rachel MacLeod, Toledo, F
Stephanie Skowneski, Western Michigan, F
Bailey Brandon, Central Michigan, D
Liesel Toth, Central Michigan, D
Natalia Gaitan, Toledo, D
Vicki Traven, Toledo, GK
All-MAC Second Team
Jordan Clark, Akron, MF
Kayla Zakrzewski, Miami, MF
Alexis Tice, Toledo, MF
Nikki Rivera, Western Michigan, MF
Alyssa Zuccaro, Bowling Green, F
Aubrey Stahl, Buffalo, F
Kristen Lynn, Toledo, F
Amber Kern, Akron, D
Brigit Reder, Ball State, D
Kelsey Baskins, Western Michigan, D
Jeny Wolbert, Akron, GK