SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2006
Women's soccer defeats No. 2 Stetson, 1-0, to win Atlantic Sun Conference Championship

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Sophomore Keri Zwikker scored her 10th goal of the season, while senior goalie Michelle Kmiotek tallied her ninth shutout of the season to help lead the Jacksonville University women's soccer team to 1-0 victory over No. 2 Stetson to win the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship on Saturday night in Kennesaw, Ga.

The No. 5 Dolphins (11-9-1) won three matches in three days to secure their first title since 2000 and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA College Cup tournament.

"I'm so amazingly proud of the girls and their efforts," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "It was nice to make history by handing host Kennesaw State their first loss at home, becoming the first fifth seed to make the finals and winning three matches in 49 hours.

"Most importantly, I'm really happy with how our team represented JU and themselves. It was a tremendous team effort and work rate. They have been working on this all year long and I'm proud of what they accomplished tonight."

Kmiotek, who didn't earn an all-conference selection, earned tournament MVP honors after making 37 stops in three matches, including eight saves against the Hatters to lead the Dolphins defense and record her program-leading 18th career shutout.

Zwikker scored two goals in the tournament to be named to the A-Sun all-tournament team, while sophomores Kirby Hutton and Angela Hulse also earned all-tournament accolades after their heroic efforts against No.1 Kennesaw State last night.

"I'm very pleased that we had four players make the all-tournament," Kouns said. "We only had two players make the all-conference team and I told them that if they were disappointed then go and win the conference title to show that someone made a mistake. Michelle didn't earn any all-conference honors and she led us all the way to the championship, which was an amazing thing for her."

Zwikker scored the game-winning goal off of a loose rebound at the 19-minute mark to give the Dolphins all the offense they needed.

"I'm also really excited for our three seniors," said Kouns. "Jenny (Borschel), Meagan (Surrency) and Michelle had some many struggles to get to this point. I'm happy they will get to end at the top and we will wait to see what happens with our NCAA tournament bid."

The Dolphins will find out what regional they are heading to in the NCAA Tournament with the live selection show on ESPNEWS on Monday at 3 p.m.