Oct. 31, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Six student-athletes from the University of Michigan women's soccer team were named All-Big Ten selections on Wednesday (Oct. 31), spearheaded by fifth-year senior Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser), who was named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and an All-Big Ten first team selection. Joining Kopmeyer on the first team are junior forward Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville), senior/junior defender Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) and junior defender Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas). Junior midfielder Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) was named a second team selection, while Corinne Harris (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) was tabbed to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
This season marks only the second time in program history in which Michigan has six total All-Big Ten players and four first team selections in the same season (1999). Former Wolverines Kacy Beitel (1997-2000), Abby Crumpton (1999-2002), Shannon Poole (1996-99) and Emily Schmitt (1996-99) were named to the first team, while Mari Hoff (1996-99) and Carissa Stewart (1997-2000) were named to the second team. Prior to this season, Michigan placed only five players on the All-Big Ten first team since 2000: Beitel (2000), Jackie Carron (2010), Crumpton (2001-02), Melissa Dobbyn (2005) and Amy Sullivant (2000-02).
Kopmeyer was named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year after posting the best numbers of her four-year career in net this season. She has played nearly every minute this season (1771:43 of 1781:29), ranking first among Big Ten goalkeepers in shutouts (nine individual, two partial), second in goals against average (0.66) and save percentage (.854), and third in saves (76). Kopmeyer is a four-year starter (72/72), ranking first in program history in saves (364), saves per game (4.99), goals against average (0.97), save percentage (.833) and individual shutouts (25).
Ezurike has provided a scoring punch for Michigan this season, scoring 11 of the team's 19 goals in Big Ten play, which tied for second in the conference. Five of those goals were counted as game-winners, while Ezurike also had three multi-goal performances. A three-year starter, Ezurike has 31 goals for her career (tied for fourth in program history), and 70 total points (seventh in program history). She was named an All-Big Ten second team pick each of the last two seasons.
Hein and Zadorsky were named to the first team after solidifying a U-M backline that has allowed only 13 goals in 19 matches this season. Hein has started all 19 matches this season, while Zadorsky has played in 15 matches (14 starts). Prior to this season, Hein played in only 12 matches over the last two seasons, suffering a torn ACL in 2010 and taking a medical redshirt to undergo thyroid cancer treatment in 2011. Zadorsky missed the first four matches of the season to play for Canada at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan (with Ezurike). Offensively, Hein and Zadorsky have combined for two goals and four assists.
Toohey also returned to the lineup this season, starting all 19 matches after missing the last third of the season last year due to injury. She is third on the team in points (10), scoring three goals (all game winners) and handing out four assists. She was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2010.
Harris is the fourth U-M player to be named to the All-Freshman Team in the last three seasons, joining Toohey and Ezurike (2010) and sophomore Christina Murillo (2011). Harris has played in 18 matches this season (17 starts), and is second on the team in points (11), scoring three goals and issuing five assists. Her five assists lead the team, and is tied for third-most in Big Ten play.
Fifth-year senior Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) was named the team's honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Though limited by injury this season, she is a four-year starter (69/69), tallying 32 career points (10 goals, 12 assists). Stachel is only the second three-time captain in program history, joining Debbie Flaherty (1994-97), and was one of the 30 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award.
Michigan closes out the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 31), playing Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium. The match will be streamed live through the Big Ten Digital Network.
2012 BIG TEN WOMEN'S SOCCER AWARDS AND ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS
Coach of the Year: Erica Walsh, Penn State
Forward of the Year: Maya Hayes, Penn State
Midfielder of the Year: Christine Nairn, Penn State
Defender of the Year: Whitney Church, Penn State
Goalkeeper of the Year: Haley Kopmeyer, Michigan
Freshman of the Year: Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State
|FIRST TEAM*||SECOND TEAM|
|Forward||Tiffany Cameron, Ohio State||Orianica Velasquez, Indiana|
|Nkem Ezurike, Michigan||Mayme Conroy, Nebraska|
|Maya Hayes, Penn State||Cara Walls, Wisconsin|
|Taylor Uhl, Minnesota|
|Midfield||Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois||Meghan Toohey, Michigan|
|Danica Wu, Ohio State||Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State|
|Christine Nairn, Penn State||Monica Lam-Feist, Wisconsin|
|Defense||Whitney Church, Penn State||Ari Romero, Nebraska|
|Holly Hein, Michigan||Kendyl Reed, Ohio State|
|Annie Steinlage, Michigan State||Maddy Evans, Penn State|
|Shelina Zadorsky, Michigan|
|Goalkeeper||Haley Kopmeyer, Michigan||Erin McNulty, Penn State|
* additional honorees due to tie
All-Big Ten Freshman Team
Nicole Breece, Illinois
Corinne Harris, Michigan
Allyson Krause, Michigan State
Hayley Helverson, Minnesota
Jaylyn Odermann, Nebraska
Jillian McVicker, Ohio State
Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State
Mallory Weber, Penn State
Lindsey Holmes, Wisconsin
Kinley McNicoll, Wisconsin
Lexi Peterson, Wisconsin
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Allie Osoba, Illinois
Moll Buynak, Indiana
Kat Lewis, Iowa
Clare Stachel, Michigan
Chelsea Peterson, Michigan State
Allie Phillips, Minnesota
Bri Badje, Nebraska
Natalie Lagunas, Northwestern
Rachel Middleman, Ohio State
Amanda Dotten, Penn State
Hadley Stuart, Purdue
Carly Vogel, Wisconsin
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423