Dec 10, 2019 Sports Comments Off on ‘Lady Jag’ Ashley Rodrigues among top-25 Players in EMU Soccer History
Ypsilanti, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – In celebration of the 25th year of the Eastern Michigan University soccer programme, the EMU department of athletics has unveiled the best 25 players to represent EMU.
Players have been announced in chronological order based on when they donned the Green and White. ‘Lady Jag’ was one of the players released in Part three of the five part series along with Katie Zundel, Katie Lozar, Monique Budani, and Stephanie Janssens.
Arguably one of the most decorated players in the programme history, Rodrigues left her mark in the EMU record books. Donning the Green and White from 2006-09, she holds the programme single match records for goals, points, and assists.
A two-time First Team All-MAC selection, Rodrigues is one of five players in program history to record a hat trick, doing so versus Buffalo, Oct. 19, 2007. She added an assist to her three-goal effort against the Bulls, setting the programme record for points in a match (7).
Additionally, she is also one of just three Eagles to tally three assists in a game, achieving the feat against Eastern Illinois, Sept. 7, 2008. The 2009 MAC Player of the Year, Rodrigues put together a sensational senior season as she scored 10 goals, tying for 10th-most in single season history, while racking up 21 points.
Throughout her career Rodrigues was also named to the MAC All-Tournament Team, NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, and Academic All-MAC.
Zundel, a two-time First Team All-MAC selection played for the Eagles from 2005-08. She was named to the All-Freshmen Team in 2005 and later landed on the MAC All-Tournament Team as a senior in 2008. An Academic All-MAC honoree, Zundel was an iron woman on the backline, starting all 80 matches she appeared in during her career. The Utica, Mich. native scored seven goals and added seven assists, while leading EMU to 25 shutouts.
Starring in the midfield for the Eagles from 2006-09, Lozar was tabbed First Team All-MAC twice, as well as a two-time MAC All-Tournament Team honoree. She scored 11 goals throughout her career, while racking up 26 careers points and earning spots on the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team and Academic All-MAC squad.
Budani, a staple between the posts from 2006-10, is one of the best goalkeepers to ever don the Green and White. Throughout her time in Ypsilanti, Budani was named to the All-MAC First Team, MAC All-Tournament Team, and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team. The 2010 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, Budani’s name floods the record book.
An Academic All-MAC selection, Budani holds the program record for saves with 387, while her .872 career save percentage is also top on the all-time list. She posted 23 shutouts and recorded 27 wins, ranking second and third-most all-time, respectively.
Budani compiled a career goals against average of 0.94, the second-best in EMU laurels. Moreover, she holds five single season top-10 marks, highlighted by her program-record 146-save season in 2010. Budani made 17 stops in EMU’s match versus Michigan State, Sept. 3, 2010, the most in Eastern single match history.
A MAC All-Freshmen Team selection, Janssens played for EMU from 2007-10. One of the most dynamic player makers in programme history, Janssens consistently created scoring chances for her teammates. She tallied eight assists as a freshman, a mark that led the team and still ranks tied for third-most in single season history, before leading the conference with 11 helpers in 2008.
Her league-best total currently ranks second-most in EMU single season annals. For her career, Janssens is slotted second all-time with 23 assists and 15th with 37 points.
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