Three Jayhawks Honored by Soccer Buzz
Jan. 29, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas forward Emily Cressy was named a Freshman All-American, and was one of three Jayhawks named to the All-Central Region team by Soccer Buzz Thursday. Kansas juniors Estelle Johnson and Monica Dolinsky both were named second team All-Central Region, while Cressy earned third team All-Central Region and Central Region All-Freshman Team honors.
Cressy, a freshman forward form Ventura, Calif., scored eight goals and collected three assists, including four game-winning goals. Cressy 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.
Dolinsky, a junior midfielder from Carmel, Ind., was named to the all-region team earned for the First Team All-Big 12 honors at the end of the regular season. She led the Jayhawks with nine goals and 28 points, marking the fourth-highest point total in team history. Not only did she put up terrific numbers, she made her numbers count as 18 of her 29 points (six goals, six assists) either tied the score or gave the Jayhawks the lead. She also set a postseason record with three assists against Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinal match on Nov. 5.
Johnson, a junior defender from Fort Collins, Colo., has been recognized by Soccer Buzz for the second time in as many years, she was named Third Team All-Central Region for her perforamance during her sophomore campaign. The 5-foot-9 junior started every match for the Jayhawks in 2008, and played a team-high 2,110 minutes in the defensive backfield. She anchored a defensive unit which held opponents to a 1.52 goals against average and 13.5 shots per match. Johnson also tallied her first collegiate goal this season at No. 10 Oklahoma State on Oct. 10.
The Jayhawks (13-8-1) completed the season with a second-round loss to Stanford at the NCAA Tournament.