Clockwise from top left: Haley Kopmeyer, Nkem Ezurike, Shelina Zadorsky, Holly Hein
Dec. 5, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Four players from the No. 19-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team were named 2012 NCAA D-I Women's All-Great Lakes Region selections, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced Wednesday (Dec. 5).
Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) was named to the first team, senior/junior defender Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) and junior forward Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) were named to the second team, and junior defender Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) was named to the third team.
All four women were All-Big Ten first team selections this season. Ezurike earns All-Region distinction for the second time in her career (named to third team as a freshman), while Hein, Kopmeyer and Zadorsky receive it for the first time.
Kopmeyer makes the first team on the heels of being named NSCAA All-American last Friday (Nov. 30). She started all 24 matches in net, allowing only 17 goals, making 95 saves, and recorded a Big Ten-best 13 shutouts (11 individual, two partial). Kopmeyer was also named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year. She holds program career records in goals against average (0.96), shutouts (27), saves (383), saves per game (4.91), save percentage (.833) and minutes played (7,152).
Ezurike started 19 of 20 matches for the Wolverines this season, leading the team in goals (15) and points (33). Six of her goals were game-winning goals. In her three years at Michigan, Ezurike has accumulated 35 career goals and 80 career points, both fourth-most in program history.
Hein and Zadorsky spearheaded a Michigan defense that allowed only 17 goals in 24 matches this season, a new program record. Hein started all 24 matches, while Zadorsky started 19 of 20 matches. Both also contributed on offense from the center back position, as Hein scored two goals, while Zadorsky scored one goal and tallied three assists.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423