Three Jayhawks Selected NSCAA All-Region

Dec. 7, 2009


Kansas defender Estelle Johnson, midfielder Monica Dolinsky and forward Emily Cressy have been named All-Central Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Johnson and Dolinsky were named to the second team, while Cressy was a third team selection.

Dolinsky and Johnson earn all-region honors for the second time in their careers, while Cressy garnered selection by the NSCAA for the first time.

Cressy, a sophomore from Ventura, Calif., led the Jayhawks with 12 goals and 27 points during the 2009 season. Her 12 goals tied for the second-highest total in team history, and were the most by a Jayhawk since Caroline Smith’s 19-goal campaign in 2003. The sophomore finished the season with a bang, scoring six goals in the team’s final seven contests, including the game-winner against No. 12 Missouri on Oct. 30.

Dolinsky, a senior from Carmel, Ind., scored six goals and tied a career high with ten assists for the Jayhawks in 2009. She was instrumental in the team’s strong finish, collecting assists in KU’s final three matches. The senior set the Kansas record for assists in a career (30) and became the first Jayhawk to record 10 or more assists twice in her career. Her 30 career assists rank 17th all-time in Big 12 history.

Johnson, a senior defender from Fort Collins, Colo., played in all 22 matches this season and anchored the Jayhawk defense for the past four seasons. She scored a career-high three goals in 2009, including tallies against Texas A&M (Oct. 2) and Nebraska (Oct. 23). Johnson’s 1,987 minutes played this past season were the fourth-most in team history among field players. She finished her career tied for the most games started (82) and was fourth in games played (85) in school history.

The three all-region selections are the most by a KU team since 2004, when five players were named NSCAA All-Region.

Kansas fell to Missouri, 3-2 in overtime, in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Soccer Championship to finish the season with a 12-8-2 record.