Scored her first goal of the season against Georgia helping the Illini to a 2-1 victory on 9/5 Her two assists have led to game winning goals, one came against Evansville on 9/12 and the other two days later against Illinois State on 9/14. Named Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week after helping her team with two assists and holding Evansville and Illinois State scoreless for the weekend of 9/16 Named to the Soccerbuzz National Elite Team of the Week on 9/17 for her efforts in 1-0 and 2-0 wins over Evansville and Illinois State respectfully. Was instrumental in the Illini's record breaking five consecutive shutouts and 475 minutes of shutout ball Her second goal was a game winner against Purdue to advance the Illini in the Big Ten Tournament Named First Team All-Big Ten Selected to the 2003 Academic All-District V Soccer Team Played in her 84th game on 111/6, breaking the Illinois all time games played record.
Co-Captain Named the teams Overall MVP and Defensive MVP Started all 21 games and played every minute of every game Scored the game-winning goal with just :28 remaining in the 3-2 upset of #13 Purdue which got the Illini into the Big Ten Tournament Was named to the national team of the week by both Soccer America and soccerbuzz.com following the Purdue game Scored her first career goal in UIs 4-2 win over Butler on 9/6 finished the season with five goals and 11 points, both ranked third on the team Second Team All-Big Ten selection Earned third team All-Great Lakes Region honors from soccerbuzz.com Earned Academic All-Big Ten Honors.
Started the first two contests of the season and recorded an assist at Kansas, before being sidelined with a knee injury Took a medical redshirt Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Started all 22 games Named the teams defensive MVP Recorded three assists including the game-winner against Indiana Academic All-Big Ten.
Played in 20 of 22 Illini games, starting eight Recorded first career assist in win over Valparaiso Recorded another assist against Ohio State.
Three-time Fox Valley All-Conference selection, all-area, and team MVP Named second-team All-State in 1998 and first-team All-State in 1999 by the Chicago Tribune Received IHSSCA All-Sectional accolades in 1997 and '98 and IHSSCA All-State honors in '99 Named to the Pioneer Press all-area team in 1999 High school team won the regional and advanced to the sectional finals in 1997, '98 and '99, winning the sectional in 1998 Played for ELA Alliance Club team for seven years and won State Cup Championships in 1995, '97, and '98 Played for Chicago Cobras Club Team in 1999, leading them to the State Cup title High School coach was Scott Steib.
Born July 28, 1981 Daughter of Mike and Kim Kolze Majoring in elementary education Three-time starter and two-time all-conference selection as a guard for basketball team, which posted an 85-8 record in her three years That club won regional and conference titles in 1997, '98 and '99, and sectional titles in both '98 and '99 Grandfather Richard Kolze attended the University of Illinois.
Getting to know Meghan
Favorite athletes: both my sisters and my brother Favorite TV show: Real World Favorite movies: Shawshank Redemption and Rudy Favorite music: I love all country music Favorite thing about Coach Rayfield: her work ethic and knowledge of the game Biggest sports thrill: scoring the game winning goal to beat Purdue in 02 Three words that describe me: competitive, outgoing and humorous I chose Illinois because: the team had great chemistry on and off the field and it was close to home.
Coach Rayfield on Kolze
Meghan has developed into a leader for this team especially on the field. She is a steady force in the back as a ball winner, an organizer, and a fierce competitor. Her experience and leadership as a fifth year senior will balance out the youth that will be a significant part of our defense.
Kolzes Career Statistics:
Year GP-GS S SOG G A Pts. GWG 1999 20-8 12 n/a 0 2 2 0 2000 22-22 9 5 0 3 3 0 2001 2-2 1 0 0 1 1 0 2002 21-21 14 9 5 1 11 1 Total 65-53 36 14 5 7 17 1