0   Joe Zimka
Joe Zimka

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Algonquin, Ill.

High School:
Jacobs

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 215

Position:
GK

Birthdate:
06/18/1987


2007: Appeared in 16 matches with 15 starts. Held opponents to 1.22 goals per match, notched 66 saves and a .759 save percentage. Preserved shutouts against Oregon State, Akron, and Bowling Green. Tied a career-high with nine saves in the MAC Tournament Semifinal versus Akron. Recorded eight saves in the Huskies' regular season tie with the Zips. Recorded six saves against Bowling Green in the opening round of the MAC Tournament. Also notched six stops versus Oregon State and Gonzaga.

2006: Set an NCAA record for goals allowed average, letting just 0.21 goals slip through per match. Recorded an NIU record 754-minute shutout streak that helped the Huskies to a string of eight unbeaten matches. Led the NCAA in save percentage (.955), and led the MAC in shut outs (11), saves percentage (.968) and goals against average (0.16). Named second team All-MAC. Recorded a career-high nine saves in NIU's 1-0 regular season win over Akron. Registered shut outs in seven straight matches, and 11 of the 15 matches in which he appeared. Halted seven Buffalo attacks to collect a shutout in the MAC Tournament semifinals. Stunted six Akron attacks in the MAC Championship game, shutting out the Zips. Tabbed his 11th shutout in the Huskies' 1-0 victory over Loyola in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

2005: Made his first collegiate save during the final 19:41 of 3-2 road victory at Valparaiso after keeper Steve Goletz suffered a concussion. Started both matches in Huskies' adidas / Baymont Inn Invitational. Registered three saves in a 1-0 loss to Northwestern and stopped a pair in 2-0 loss to Detroit. Ended the season with 1.80 goals-against-average while logging 199:41 minutes played.

High School: Earned IHSSCA All-State honors and played in IHSSCA's Kelme All-Star game in addition to making Chicago Tribune Special Mention All-State team. Garnered IHSSCA All-Sectional and all-area acclaim from Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, and Northwest Herald after both his junior and senior seasons. First-team Fox Valley All-Conference choice garnered team MVP awards. Left the net for four games to fill in at forward and tallied five goals and six assists. As a senior captain, registered a school record 32nd career shutout and had a 1.55 GAA. Tallied a school single-game record 28 saves as a junior. Allowed 1.11 goal per game that year. Set Fox Valley League records for yielding zero goals as a sophomore when Jacobs set a record with 22 consecutive league wins. Made four saves in shootout versus Cary-Grove in FVL title match. Started in net as a freshman when the Golden Eagles won the first of back-to-back league crowns and claimed a sectional title. Also lettered in football as punter/placekicker and in baseball.

Club: Helped Chicago Sockers FC capture four straight Illinois State Cup titles. Starter for the 2002 Dallas Cup semifinalist, which was the nation's No. 1-rated club for six months. His Sockers team spent five months atop the 2004 poll when club reached Dallas Cup finals, won the Jefferson Cup, and posted 4-0 mark in Nike Friendlies.

Major: Visual Communications

Season MP-MS Minutes G.All Avg. Saves Pct. W L T Shutouts
2005 3-2 199:41 4 1.80 5 .556 0 2 0 0
2006 15-14 1304:35 3 0.21 64 .955 4 3 1 11
2007 16-15 1543:49 21 1.22 66 .759 3 4 3 3
Totals 34-31 3048:24 28 .823 130 .822 7 9 4 14
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