Iona advances past Siena in penalty kicks (0-0, 4-3) to move on to the semifinals.
AS A JUNIOR: Named to the NSCAA All-North Atlantic Third Team...NSCAA Scholar All-American and Scholar All-East Region First Team selection...Named to the Capital One Academic All-District I First Team...Second Team All-MAAC selection...Named to the MAAC All-Academic Team...Saw action in and started 17 games...Dished out assists in wins over UAlbany (Sept. 25) and Saint Peter's (Nov. 3) in the First Round of the MAAC Tournament.
AS A SOPHOMORE: MAAC's Male Nominee for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award...MAAC All-Academic Team selection...Appeared in 11 games, starting eight at back during an injury plagued season...Scored a goal and added two assists for four points...Took eight shots...Scored first career goal in win over Canisius (Nov. 5)...Assisted on the team's only goal in MAAC Semis vs. Iona (Nov. 12).
AS A FRESHMAN: MAAC All-Rookie Team...Started 14 games at center back...Missed four games due to injury...Recorded first career point with an assist against Iona (Oct. 9)...Siena allowed 1.29 goals/game when he played, compared to 2.00 goals/game when he didn't...Siena College Male Rookie of the Year.
BEFORE SIENA: Played for VfL Stade for 16 years...Won District Championship in 2006.
PERSONAL: Born February 16, 1989...Son of Dietmar and Baerbel Opalka...Has two sisters, Joschka and Jana.
GETTING TO KNOW JANNIS OPALKA What I like most about Siena College: The small campus and great atmosphere My favorite (musical) artist is: The Kooks My favorite class at Siena is: Voice and Movement My favorite pro soccer player is: Per Mertesacker My favorite pro soccer team is: 1.FC Koln My favorite pro soccer stadium is: Rhein Energy Arena in Cologne My favorite movies are: The Mighty Ducks 1-3 My favorite foods are: Wings and pizza Other sports I like to follow at Siena are: Club ice hockey, Lacrosse, and Volleyball Why I chose Siena: Its ambitious soccer program