Women's Soccer


Alexandra Kapicka
Alexandra Kapicka
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Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Ill.

High School:
Illinois Math and Science Academy

Height:
5-9

Position:
GK

Birthdate:
02/28/1989

Club Team:
KUFC Premier

2010 - Redshirt-Senior: Academic All-Big Ten ... Capped off a stellar career with 1,522 minutes of action in 19 games (14 starts) ... Only allowed 15 goals on the season for a goals-against average of 0.89 per game ... Totaled 68 saves for a save percentage of 0.819 ... Finished with a record of 11-5-1 with six individual shutouts ... Teamed with sophomore keeper Steph Panozzo to tally shutouts against Loyola-Chicago, Ball State and Yale ... Her 2010 season was the fourth-best save percentage in program history ... Also fifth-best in consecutive shutouts (four) and goals-against average.

2009 - Redshirt-Junior: Academic All-Big Ten ... NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region Second Team ... Started all 19 games for the Orange and Blue, logging more than 1,750 minutes in net ... Allowed 27 goals for an average of 1.38 per contest ... Totaled 70 saves on the season for an average of 3.68 per contest ... Notched shutouts against Illinois State, UC Santa Barbara and Loyola Chicago ... Was assisted by Steph Panozzo in shutting down Michigan State in the Illini's 5-0 victory ... Finished 7-9-3 as the keeper of record in each of the Fighting Illini's 19 matches ... Blocked four shots to shut out Illinois State ... Made three saves in 110 minutes of action to preserve the Illini's 1-1 tie with Denver ... Stopped a season-high eight shots against #9 UCLA ... Collected three shots during Illinois' 2-0 shutout of Loyola-Chicago ... Made four saves during the Illini's' 1-1 double overtime tie with Indiana ... Made six saves against #19 Ohio State.

2008 - Redshirt-Sophomore: Academic All-Big Ten ... NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region Second Team ... Soccer Net News Player of the Year Finalist ... Started all 23 matches in goal ... Posted a season goals-against average of 0.80, the second-best in school history ... Had eight games with at least four saves ... Notched nine shutouts on the season ... Allowed zero or one goal in 19 of 23 games ... Recorded six saves against Washington and was subsequently named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and to the Soccer America Team of the Week ... Tallied five saves in shutout of Purdue ... Named to the Big Ten Tournament team after recording five saves against Michigan State ... Blocked career high 11 shots in NCAA Tournament match against Missouri ... Team Co-Defensive MVP.

2007 - Redshirt-Freshman: Made three appearances on the season ... Allowed one goal in 58:29 minutes of play ... Recorded one save against Xavier.

2006 - Freshman: Played in two matches, collecting a 1-1-0 record ... Finished Illinois' shutout of South Carolina after Lindsey Carstens received a red card in the 40th minute ... Played all but 29 seconds against Missouri.

High School/Club: Led KUFC Premier squad to the 2005 United States Club Soccer U-16 national championship ... Also helped Eclipse Select to a state cup championship during her two years with the team ... Competed with KUFC in the state cup semifinals ... Named to the all-sectional team while playing with IMSA ... Named to the Aurora Beacon-News all-area team.

Personal: Born Feb. 28, 1989 ... Majoring in general engineering ... Daughter of Robert Kapicka and Barbara Anderson ... Involved in Habitat for Humanity ... Older brother, Bryan, is a student at Illinois.

Getting to Know Alexandra: Nickname: Picka ... Favorite Place on Campus: The cube at the Beckman Institute ... Favorite Teams: Chicago Fire, Chicago Cubs ... Favorite Movie Quote: "You make sure they remember, forever, the night they played the Titans!" - Remember the Titans ... Favorite Actress: Julia Roberts ... Favorite Musicians: Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban ... Favorite Book: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl ... Biggest Sports Thrill: Winning U.S. club soccer nationals.

Rayfield on Kapicka: "As a fifth-year senior, Alex brings a wealth of experience to the table and she and Danielle Kot have played a lot of minutes together. However, Alex has been away from the game during her semester abroad and her success in competing to keep her starting spot will depend on how quickly the skills and decision making she had in 2008 and 2009 return for this season."

Alexandra Kapicka's Career Statistics

Year GP-GS MIN GA GAA Saves Save % SHO Record
2006 2-0 140:28 5 3.20 5 .500 0 1-1-0
2007 3-0 58:29 1 1.54 1 .500 0 0-0-0
2008 23-23 2131:02 19 0.80 76 .800 9 12-9-2
2009 19-19 1758:31 27 1.39 70 .722 3 7-9-3
2010 19-14 1522:07 15 0.89 68 .819 6 11-5-1
Totals 66-56 5610:37 67 1.07 220 .767 18 31-24-6
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