LAWRENCE, Kan. – University of Kansas sophomore Monica Dolinsky and freshman Emily Cressy both earned US Youth Soccer national championships over the weekend at the 2007 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.
Cressy, a 5-foot-5 freshman forward from Ventura, Calif., earned the adidas Golden Boot award for the most outstanding offensive player of the series. The KU freshman scored a pair of goals to power her Eagles SC team to a 3-2 triumph over the Dallas Texans 90 Red in the U-17 Girls Championship match.
The national championship was the second for Cressy, who also earned a US Youth Soccer title with the same team in the U-14 division in 2004.
Dolinsky’s club team, the Carmel (Ind.) Cyclones, defeated the PWSI Cardinals of Virginia in the U-19 championship contest, 2-0, on Sunday. As a group, the Carmel Cyclones had won eight Indiana state championships and had made back-to-back appearances in the US Youth Soccer Region II championship round, which they won this season.
Both players will suit up for the Jayhawks when KU kicks off the 2007 season on Aug. 31 at the University of Hawaii at 12 a.m. CST.