Koski, Rhodes, Bush and Cook Receive All-Conference Honors
Oct. 30, 2012
HOUSTON– Four University of Houston players received All-Conference USA honors, the league announced Tuesday afternoon. Junior keeper Cami Koski was named to the Second Team, while teammates Katelyn Rhodes, Kaci Bush, and Kylie Cook were named to the Third Team.
“We are all very proud of what these four players have done on the field for this team,” Head Coach Chris Pfau said. “They have all had a hand in leading this program back in the right direction. As a staff, we couldn’t be more pleased with how these girls have adapted to our philosophies and us and thrived. It is a true testament to their abilities as young women as well as their character.”
Koski led the Cougars to seven regular-season wins with four shutouts. She posted her 15th shutout of her career against UTEP on Oct. 21, the most in program history. Koski recorded three double-digit save games this season with a career-high 13 against UCF.
“Cami has been nothing short of outstanding for us in the goal this season,” Pfau said. “She has single- handedly kept us in games this year. Our entire team has confidence in the keeper behind them.”
Rhodes has recorded four goals and three assists in her final season with the Cougars. The Third Team selection marks the second time Rhodes has been recognized in her career. The Lubbock, Texas, native was named First Team All-Conference in 2010.
“Katelyn is a soccer player,” Pfau said. “She has played in five or six different positions for us this year and has performed at the highest level in each. She is a player that the other team must account for regardless where she is on the field.”
Bush joined the team in 2009 and quickly emerged as a leader on the Cougar backline. She has started in all 18 matches this season, helping Houston to four shutouts.
“Kaci has stepped up to another level this season,” Pfau said. “She has helped solidify our backline. Her versatility and ability to read the game have given opposing attacking players fits.”
Cook, who has made a place for herself in the Cougars’ midfield, has seen action in all 18 matches this season. In her career, The Woodlands, Texas, native, has recorded five goals and 10 assists. Cook sits tied for third with three career penalty kicks made with fellow junior Jasmine Martinez.
“Cook has anchored the midfield for us this year and has been a steady force at that position,” Pfau said. “She has a great ability to see the field, and has the skills to get the ball where it needs to go. She has gotten better and better as the season has gone on. We are all excited about where she will end up next year.”
The complete list of the All-Conference selections and specialty award winners follows:
2012 C-USA WOMEN’S SOCCER AWARDS
Defensive Player of the Year
All-Conference Third Team