Michelle Kmiotek named Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive

Sept. 5, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior goalkeeper Michelle Kmiotek was named Atlantic Sun Defensive "Player of the Week" after recording two consecutive shutouts for the JU women's soccer team, as announced on Tuesday by the league office.

"We are really excited to see Michelle earn this award," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "She has worked so hard over the summer to get in shape and make this her best season at JU. She has been the difference for us so far and it is nice to see her get some recognition for it."

Kmiotek earns her first career player of the week accolade after recording 21 saves in three games for the Dolphins. She opened the week with a six-save shutout to help the Dolphins defeat Florida International, 1-0, in the home opener on Aug. 30. Kmiotek tallied nine saves in the Dolphins 1-0 overtime victory against LaSalle (Pa.) at Patton Park. She finished the week with six saves against Navy on Sunday at the Stetson Soccer Complex.

In 2006, she has 33 saves with a 1.42 goals against average in four games. Kmiotek opened the season by tying a career-best with 12 saves at #18 Georgia on Aug. 25.

"We can go only as far as her position will take us," said Kouns. "Our team is very young and her experience will be the key to our success."

The Dolphins return to action on Friday at home against Georgia Southern at 6 p.m.