CHICAGO – For the second-straight year, Jenna McKinney took home University Athletic Association MVP honors as the University of Chicago women's soccer team earned seven All-UAA selections on Thursday. First-year Katie Jasminski won UAA Rookie of the Year, while UChicago captured Coaching Staff of the Year.
McKinney is the third UChicago women's soccer player to win the award, and becomes the second to do so in back-to-back seasons. Renee Neuner achieved the feat previously in 2002 and 2003. The junior midfielder leads the team with 11 goals and has tallied four assists, placing her second in the conference in goals scored and third in total points. In addition to her two selections as UAA MVP, she was also UAA Rookie of the Year and earned Second Team All-UAA honors in 2015.
Calamari picked up First Team All-UAA honors for the second time. The senior ranks second in NCAA Division III with 17 assists, which nearly doubles that of any other player in the conference. Calamari has also scored five goals. Her 27 points rank second in the conference. It is her third All-UAA selection overall, as she also was named to the Second Team in 2016.
Peebles is a key component of a Maroon defense that limited opponents to just six goals all season, racking up 13 clean sheets. Peebles has also contributed to the attack with five assists. This is her first All-UAA award.
Senior Kelsey Moore earned a repeat appearance on the Second Team on the strength of her work in the midfield. In addition to her anchor presence defensively, she has notched four goals and two assists this year.
Fellow seniors Whitley Cargile and Madori Spiker were also placed on the All-UAA Second Team. For Cargile, it is the second All-UAA selection – she was also named to the Second Team in 2014. Her efforts have been integral to the success of UChicago's defense this year and she has tacked on three assists. Spiker, a forward, haspoured in seven goals and three assists en route to her first All-UAA honors. She ranks third on the team with a career-high 17 points.
Forward Katie Jasminski was voted UAA Rookie of the Year. The first-year has compiled six goals and three assists in her collegiate debut season. She is the fifth UChicago player to win this award.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Donovan earned Honorable Mention recognition. She led the UAA in save percentage (.895), goals allowed (2) and goals-against average (0.23). Donovan previously claimed a spot on the All-UAA Second Team last year.
Head Coach Amy Reifert along with assistant coaches Julianne Sitch and Erin Ekeberg were recognized as the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the second time in as many seasons. The Maroons won 17-straight games and held the top spot in the national rankings for six weeks. UChicago also shut out six of their seven UAA opponents.