Cami Koski Tabbed American Goalkeeper of the Year

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    Nov. 7, 2013

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Awarded for her impressive final collegiate season in goal, Houston Soccer senior goalkeeper Cami Koski was honored as the American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year as well as tabbed a First Team All-Conference selection in the league’s inaugural season, voted on by the head coaches and announced Thursday evening by the conference office.

    "This is incredible news and very well deserved for Cami,” head coach Chris Pfau said. “I have seen a lot of great keepers in college soccer, but over the last two seasons no one compares to the Cami’s level. To get this honor with the record we had speaks volumes of how great she is at that position. Just in my short two seasons here at Houston, she has grown into not only a great keeper, but also a great teammate. I could not be more proud of someone that has worked so hard for this!"

    Playing her final season in a Cougar uniform, Koski ended her career with a banner statistical season that saw records broken and movement within the program on several all-time career-bests lists.

    The Missouri City, Texas native, ranked among The American’s top keepers, leading the league with a remarkable 8.18 saves per game average, while ranking second in total saves with 90 in just 11 games played.

    Despite battling injuries that sidelined her from several contests, Koski was still able to notch a career 299 saves, 90 coming this season – with a program single-game best 17 recorded on the road at San Diego State on Sept. 8. That high surpassed the previous program-best of 15 held most recently by Shelby Scott vs. Texas in 2007.

    Koski’s 299 saves in 63 games played ranks second all-time just four shy of Scott’s 304 for the all-time record set during the 2005-08 years. Koski finished her career as a Cougar ranked first in program history with her 1.22 goals against average, nine ties, 17 shutouts, 63 goalie games played, 55 goalie games started and 5,525 goalie minutes logged.

    She also ranks among the Top 5 in saves per game (4.74/63 games – T-5th), save percentage (.799/75 GA, 299 saves – 2nd), most wins (19 – 2nd), and minutes played (5,525 – 4th).

    Her 8.18 save percentage this season clearly ranks as the all-time single-season record – nearly 2.00 saves per game better than the next player in Scott’s 6.78 set in 2007. The 90 saves collected in 2013 tie for fifth-best all-time in a single season.

    For her efforts this season as the top goalkeeper in The American, Koski was a two-time conference Goalkeeper of the Week (Sept. 2/Sept.9), while being named a TopDrawerSoccer Top 20 American Athletic Conference player. She was also honored as a First Team Preseason Goalkeeper by CollegeSportsMadness.com.

    Koski’s Goalkeeper of the Year accolade marks just the second time in program history a Cougar has received a specialty award as Laura Repp was honored in 1999 as the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year.

    2013 also marks the first year for a Cougar to be named to the First Team All-Conference squad since Lauri Byrne and Katelyn Rhodes received the honor in 2010.

    2013 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SOCCER AWARDS
    Goalkeeper of the Year: Cami Koski, Houston, Sr., GK
    Offensive Player of the Year: Christine Exeter, Louisville, Sr., F
    Defensive Player of the Year: Marissa Diggs, UCF, Sr., D
    Midfielder of the Year: Charlyn Corral, Louisville, Sr., M
    Rookie of the Year: Lena Petermann, UCF, Fr., F
    Coach of the Year: Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak, UCF
    Team Fair Play Award: University of Houston

    FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
    Cami Koski, Houston, Sr., GK
    Tatiana Coleman, UCF, Jr., F
    Marissa Diggs, UCF, Sr., D
    Lena Petermann, UCF, Fr., F
    Rachel Hill, UConn, Fr., F
    Stephanie Ribeiro, UConn, So., F
    Charlyn Corral, Louisville, Sr., M
    Christine Exeter, Louisville, Sr., F
    Kylie Davis, Memphis, Jr., M/F
    Christabel Oduro, Memphis, Sr., F
    Jonelle Filigno, Rutgers, R-Sr., F

    SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
    Emily Elsbrock, Cincinnati, Sr., F
    Jennifer Martin, UCF, Jr., M
    Devin Prendergast, UConn, Sr., D
    Erin Yenney, Louisville, Jr., M
    Valerie Sanderson, Memphis, Fr., F
    Diamond Simpson, Memphis, So., D
    Stef Scholz, Rutgers, Jr., F
    Madison Tiernan, Rutgers, Fr., M/F
    Christiane Endler, USF, So., GK
    Cristin Granados, USF, Jr., M
    Demi Stokes, USF, Jr., D
    Rikki Clarke, SMU, Jr., M
    Shelby Redman, SMU, R-Jr., F

    ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
    Katy Couperus, Cincinnati, Fr., F
    Natalie Smith, Cincinnati, R-Fr., GK
    Kayla Adamek, UCF, Fr., F
    Caroline Bado, UCF, Fr., D
    Lena Petermann, UCF, Fr., F
    Emily Armstrong, UConn, R-Fr., GK
    Rachel Hill, UConn, Fr., F
    Valerie Sanderson, Memphis, Fr., F
    Tori Prager, Rutgers, Fr., M
    Madison Tiernan, Rutgers, Fr., M/F
    Leticia Skeete, USF, Fr., D
    Taylor Barg, SMU, Fr., M

    Houston earned the Team Fair Play Award after totaling just 71 points (56 fouls, three yellow cards and zero red cards) during conference play. The Fair Play Award is given to the team that accumulates the fewest penalty points: foul (one point), yellow card (five points) and red card (10 points).

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