Cressy Tabbed Female Athlete of the Year by USA Deaf Sports Federation

Jan. 22, 2009


Kansas soccer freshman Emily Cressy has been selected as the Female Athlete of the Year by the USA Deaf Sports Federation for 2008. Cressy was honored along with Purdue track and field athlete Joshua Hembrough by the organization which is the sole national association of deaf sports in the United States.

Cressy, a freshman forward from Ventura, Calif., was named Big 12 Rookie of the Year as well as a Freshman All-American. She scored eight goals and collected three assists during the regular season, including four game-winning goals.

She served notice early on, scoring goals in KU’s first three contests, including a goal in the Jayhawks’ 3-0 upset of No. 20 Purdue. She scored four of her seven goals in the final 10 minutes of play, including decisive tallies against Auburn and UCF. She also scored the eventual game-winner in KU’s upset of No. 8 Texas A&M in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Championship.

Cressy helped the Jayhawks to a 13-8-2 overall record in 2008, returning KU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years.