The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced their Women’s Soccer All-Great Lakes Region Team that included eight Mid-American Conference student-athletes.
Senior forward Jess Kodiak (Miami), defender Katie Slaughter (Central Michigan) and junior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski (Miami) each landed on the All-Great Lakes Region First Team.
Kodiak ,who earned Third-Team All-Region last year, was named an NSCAA Third-Team All-American on Friday. She also earned MAC Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-MAC and All-MAC Tournament Team honors at the end of the season. The team captain started all 24 games and led the team with 36 points, which was second in the MAC and 21st nationally. Kodiak set the school single-season record with 12 assists, which led the MAC and was sixth nationally. She added a team-best 12 goals, which was second in the MAC and included three game-winners and four multi-goal matches.
Slaughter earned First Team All-MAC honors and All-MAC Tournament Team honors at the end of the season. She has added two assists this season, both of which came in a 2-0 win over West Virginia, having started in every match in which she has played.
Zakrzewski was tabbed First-Team All-MAC and to the All-MAC Tournament Team . She was also tied for second on the team with 29 points. The speedy flanker started all 24 games, scoring nine goals, tying for fifth in the MAC, and adding 11 assists, which tied for second in the MAC and 13th nationally.
Making the list for the All-Great Lakes Region Second Team was senior defender Bailey Brandon (Central Michigan), and midfielders Katy Dolesh (Miami) and Kelsey Dinges (Miami).
Brandon was the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year as well as Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Brandon was an instrumental part of the Chippewas’ defensive efforts this season, having started all 20 matches on the back line. The Chippewas’ defense has produced 11 shutouts and has a .550 shutout percentage, 22nd-best in NCAA Division I. During MAC play the Chippewas allowed a league-low six goals while posting a league-high six shutouts. She is now a three-time first-team All-MAC honoree, in addition to earning Freshman of the Year, second-team and All-Freshman honors in 2009.
Dolesh was another First-Team All-MAC selection, starting all 24 games while totaling 26 points on nine goals and eight assists, all of which rank in the top six in the MAC. She scored her lone game-winner Oct. 14 in a 1-0 win at Toledo and also scored Miami’s first goal in the win at Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament. Dolesh recorded three three-point games on the year, as well. She fired a team-high 71 shots this season, including 37 on goal.
Dinges was the fourth RedHawk to claim First-Team All-MAC honors, totaling 29 points, which was second on the team and third in the MAC, while starting all 24 games. She was also second on the team with her 11 goals, which ranked third in the MAC, and handed out seven assists to tie for seventh in the MAC. Three of her goals were game-winners, including in overtime at Belmont Sep. 2 and with four seconds remaining at Northern Illinois Oct. 12. She also scored the game-tying goal with nine seconds left at Tennessee and then assisted on the game-winner. Dinges totaled three multi-goal games on the season.
Earning spots on the All-Great Lakes Region Third Team was senior goalkeeper Stefanie Turner (Central Michigan) and freshman midfielder Haley Walter (Miami).
Turner was one of the Chippewas to earn First Team All-MAC honors. She has been between the posts for 11 shutouts this season and has recorded a 0.79 goals against average. She made a career-high 10 saves in a scoreless draw at No. 12 Marquette, which is now ranked fourth in goals per game in NCAA Division I.
Walter was she was one of just two freshmen to be named All-Region. She was named MAC Freshman of the Year and earned Second-Team All-MAC honors, as well as All-MAC Tournament Team accolades. She tied for second on the team with 29 points while starting all 24 games. Her 10 goals were third on the team and fourth in the MAC while she also handed out nine assists, which was also fourth in the league. Walter tallied a MAC-best five game-winning goals, including in her only two-goal effort at Milwaukee Aug. 26 and the overtime regular-season win at Central Michigan Oct. 19. She also scored Miami’s only goal in the NCAA Tournament second-round loss to Duke.
The Great Lakes Region consists of schools from the Big Ten, the MAC, the Missouri Valley Conference, the Horizon League and the Summit League. The complete All-Great Lakes Region Teams can be seen here