WINS CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT ACCOLADES; ROMAN NAMED TO SECOND-TEAM
individual statistics and achievements can be overshadowed by the
success or failure of the team. Fortunately, that wasn't the case
for Northern Illinois University's Katie Klaas (Cherry Valley /
Rockford Christian Life), as the senior forward was named to the
2003 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic
All-District V women's soccer team Thursday (Nov. 6).
Chris Masters announced Klaas as one of 11 players on the First-Team
Academic All-District squad, a distinction which places the Huskie
co-captain on the list for Academic All-America consideration. The
honorees from District V---which is comprised of Illinois, Indiana,
Minnesota and Wisconsin, plus the Canadian provinces of Ontario
and Manitoba---join their counterparts from CoSIDA's other seven
districts on the ballot for Academic All-America accolades. That
list will be announced Nov. 25.
Klaas tied for
second on the team scoring charts this fall---logging six points
off two goals plus two assists---with all of that production coming
in the final six matches of the season following her shift from
the midfield into a forward role. She finished her career with 45
points (16 goals and 13 helpers), setting up the match-winner versus
Southern Utah University (Oct. 19) as well as NIU's lone tally against
regular-season Mid-American Conference champion Eastern Michigan
University (Oct. 26).
All-District accolade is the second for the Cherry Valley native,
who also earned CoSIDA honors in her sophomore campaign (2001).
Her personal trophy case also includes Second-Team All-MAC accolades
from 2002 as well as a trio of Victory Scholar citations in the
NIU Athletics Department's Academic Excellence Program. Those plaques
recognize her 3.63 cumulative grade-point-average as a nursing major.
that (the voters) are looking at individual players like they did
because there were a lot of great individual efforts on our team,"
Klaas said. "Our (3-15-1) record didn't really show all the
excellent work our individual players put in. I think God commands
us to do everything to the best of our ability. Wins and losses
are sometimes out of our control, but I just try to follow that
rule in school and in soccer."
a great honor for Katie, and I'm extremely happy for her,"
Northern Illinois coach Frank Horvat said. "She's one of the
players who has grown the most over the past four years, and to
see her recognized like this is phenomenal. A team's record can
hold individual players back for awards like this at times, but
I hope she's given full consideration (for Academic All-America
honors) because she has brought a whole new dimension to our game.
in her career she felt like she had to do a lot by herself but she
has become much more of a team player and does so much to make the
players around her better," Horvat
explained. "Her leadership is outstanding and she has been
a great role model, always giving 100 percent plus in practice and
in the game. Her heart, her soul and her mind have always been in
the right place, and you can't ask for more than that from any player
that you coach. For her to receive this honor with that GPA is no
small feat considering her major in a program that has an outstanding
reputation and high expectations from its students."
of Notre Dame had four First-Team selections, led by defender Vanessa
Pruzinsky along with forward Mary Boland. Midfielder Kim Carpenter
and goalkeeper Erika Bohn also represented the Fighting Irish on
the First-Team group, along with Eastern Illinois University forwards
Teri LaRoche and Beth Liesen and a pair of Illinois State University
players in defender Tiffany DeClark and midfielder Dana Schulte.
University of Illinois defender Christen Karniski and University
of Wisconsin backliner Jessica Ring rounded out the contest. Karniski
and Bohn were the lone sophomores gaining First-Team recognition
with Boland and Ring as the only juniors.
If Klaas is
elected to the Academic All-America honor roll, she would become
the third player in program history to achieve that distinction.
Anne Mucci was a First-Team Academic All-America selection after
leading NIU to the 1998 Mid-American Conference championship as
the league's Player of the Year, and Megan Anderson garnered Third-Team
honors in 2001.
the only Northern Illinois player recognized by CoSIDA voters, who
also placed senior defender Anne Roman (DeKalb) on the Second-Team
Academic All-District squad. Roman was the lone Huskie to start
all 19 matches this year, finishing her career with a streak of
46 consecutive starts dating back to the middle of the 2001 schedule.
She bolstered a back line which lost two senior starters early in
2003 and played a key role in NIU's 2-1 victory over the University
of Toledo (Oct. 10) while also tutoring a young defensive group.
In the classroom, Roman carries a 3.97 GPA as a studio art-design
major, and the three-time Victory Scholar boasts one of the highest
GPAs in the athletics department, posting only one "B"
in her four years.
always brought her best effort forward every year and has always
worked hard to get herself on the field and contribute," Horvat
noted. "She carries that work ethic and dedication over into
the classroom. Her major is demanding in terms of time, and she's
also a Division I student-athlete. Take that combination into consideration
and you realize she's totally committed and well organized to contribute
to the best of her ability both academically and athletically.
into the back (from a midfield spot) this year because we needed
some more leadership back there, and she did a great job with the
transition, changing her focus in the new role," Horvat added.
"It takes a very special person to be able to do that after
three years in one position and move into another. It's no small
feat and she definitely made contributions throughout the season."
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by Robert Hester