Trio Named to NSCAA All-Great Lakes Teams
Dec. 18, 2007
MILWAUKEE - A trio of Marquette women's soccer players picked up additional post-season accolades as seniors Allison Mallams and Christy Zwolski, and junior Katie Kelly were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Great Lakes Region teams. Mallams was a second team selection, while Kelly and Zwolski were named to the third team.
"It is a great honor for all three," said head coach Markus Roeders. "The Great Lakes Region has some very good schools and many outstanding players and for Allison, Christy and Katie to be named is tremendous. These honors not only show the individual class of those players, but also how well our team performed."
Mallams was MU's second leading scorer with five goals, while playing in just nine games due to injury. All five of her strikes came in BIG EAST play, and she was credited for her efforts with second team All-BIG EAST honors. It is the second regional honor by the NSCAA of Mallams' career. She was a first-team selection in 2006.
"We shouldn't forget that Allison could only play in nine games due to her injury, and for her to make the second team is a reward in itself. We don't dwell on the 'what ifs,' but she showed that she is among the very best strikers in the country," said Roeders.
Zwolski, a BIG EAST All-Second Team selection, led Marquette in scoring with 17 points on five goals and seven assists. Zwolski tallied at least one point in seven BIG EAST matches for the season and ranked ninth in the conference in points per game, averaging 0.85. Along with Mallams, the twosome proved to be a formidable goal-scoring combination as they combined to score four of six goals through MU's final five regular season games.
"Christy wasn't 100% all year but she carried a big load for our team as a forward. It is nice for her to be recognized," said Roeders.
Kelly was Marquette's secret weapon on offense for the 2007 season as she notched a team best nine assists. Her 0.45 assists per game average ranked 36th in the nation, while her nine total helpers stood third in the BIG EAST. She was a key component of Marquette's stifling backline that recorded a program record 12 shutouts and didn't allow a goal through nine of the Golden Eagles' first 10 games of the season.
The Kansas City, Mo., native earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 17, as well as national acclaim by being named to the Soccer America Team of the Week. Top Drawer Soccer honored Kelly with team of the week honors on Sept. 4.
"Katie did her work on both ends of the field. She is solid defensively and nine assists speak volumes for her play," said Roeders.
This is the third post-season honor for Kelly as she was a Top Drawer Soccer College Team of the Season First Team selection, and third team All-BIG EAST honoree.
Kelly will return to Marquette for her senior season in 2008, while Mallams and Zwolski are currently exploring options to continue their playing careers professionally.
"Not only are we excited for their recognition but that these ladies have the ambition and drive to play at the next level. Allison and Christy are researching their options to play professional soccer overseas or in US this summer," said Roeders.