Women's Soccer

Meghan Kolze
Meghan Kolze


Lake Zurich, Ill.

High School:
Lake Zurich




Club team:
Chicago Cobras

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 team?s 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 UI?s 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 team?s 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.

High School
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.?

Kolze?s 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