TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2007
Women's soccer's Krissy Toth enjoys summer success
July 31, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
As the dog days of summer begin to unwind, JU sophomore forward Krissy Toth will enter the fall season on the right foot after helping the Carmel United Cyclones win the Under 19 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship with a 2-0 win over the Prince William Soccer Inc. Cardinals on July 29 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.
Toth, who played against JU teammate Jamie Kuykendall (PWSI Cardinals) during the week, became the first Dolphin women's soccer player to win a national championship. Kuykendall, who is also entering her sophomore season with the Dolphins, did not play in the national championship game due to an injury. The tournament final, which had an estimated 10,000 fans in attendance to see the nation's finest players at one of the country's top facilities, also featured student-athletes who attend Indiana, UConn, Florida, Kansas and Navy.
"I am very excited for Krissy and her teammates," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "They are in elite company after winning a national championship and the experience is something they will never forget. I know Krissy worked very hard to train and prepare herself for the regional and national championships, so it is a well deserved honor."
Carmel went 2-1-1 in the tournament, including a replayed contest in the semifinals. After falling to the Cardinals in regulation, 5-4, the final 48 minutes were replayed due to a protest for an overruled penalty kick by the Cyclones. In the replayed contest, the game finished with a 3-3 tie to set up the rematch between the two teams for the national title. Toth recorded one goal in the tournament, a header off a long cross, which tied the semifinal contest against the Cardinals and secured a spot for the Cylcones in the finals.
"My team has worked very hard each year to make nationals but has always fallen short in the regionals," Toth said. "It's great that we were finally able to prove ourselves during our last year together. Heading into preseason as national champions will help us bring a burst of positive energy to our college programs."
The Dolphins open the 2007 season at the Ashley Sports Complex on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. against Presbyterian.
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