The University of Colorado soccer team announced its selections for team captains for the upcoming 2019 season on Tuesday.
Seniors-to-be Jalen Tompkins, Taylor Kornieck, Kelsey Aaknes and Stephanie Zuniga were selected by a team vote. Tompkins and Scout Watson were the team’s captains the previous two seasons.
Tompkins, a Phoenix, Ariz., native, ranked 23rd in the NCAA last season with a.851 save percentage. She registered 12 wins and helped CU to eight shutout victories. Tompkins totaled 86 saves and earned her sixth Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week award last season. She enters 2019 tied atop CU’s all-time wins list with 37 and continues to be CU’s career leader in save percentage (.862) and goals against average (.790). Tompkins wrapped up her season with a second consecutive third-team All-Pac-12 selection.
Kornieck, a Henderson, Nev., native, is coming off a stellar 2018 season. She became Colorado’s first All-American (second team) since 2006 and just the second to be recognized by the United Soccer Coaches. Kornieck finished second on the team with a career-high 28 points, despite missing four matches. She set a Colorado record for assists in a season with 10. Her .63 assists per game closed the year seventh in the NCAA. Kornieck totaled nine goals in her 16 starts, recording nine multi-point games. She capped the year ranked 11th in the NCAA with 1.75 points per game. Kornieck was also first-team All-Conference and first-team All-Pacific Region.
Aaknes, a Carlsbad, Calif., native, started 12 of her 14 matches last season. She was a part of seven of CU’s eight shutouts last season, missing time to injury. Aaknes totaled a career-high three assists last season and played a full 90 minutes in five matches. She was awarded her first Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after CU’s road wins at Marquette and Michigan State. Aaknes started all 22 matches for Colorado as a sophomore in 2017.
Zuniga, a Pinole, Calif., native, totaled four starts last season after missing all of 2017. She played in 19 total matches, recording five points. She scored her lone goal in CU’s 3-0 win at Michigan State. Zuniga totaled 16 shot attempts, putting eight on target. She played a career-high 784 minutes last season. Zuniga has 15 points in 56 career matches.