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Badgers' women's soccer picked second in Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll

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MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team was picked second in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the conference announced Wednesday. In addition, seniors Genevieve Richard and Cara Walls, along with sophomore Rose Lavelle were named as players to watch.

Penn State enters the 2014 season as the conference favorite, followed by the Badgers at No. 2, then Maryland at No. 3 in its first year in the conference, defending Big Ten champion Nebraska at No. 4 and Michigan at No. 5.

UW returns 10 starters from a team that went 10-7-2 last season and finished in a tie for fifth (5-5-1) in the final Big Ten standings. Included in that group is 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Lavelle, along with Richard and Walls.

With 19 letter winners returning, Wisconsin also welcomes back Kinley McNicoll who led the team with 25 points last season and earned second team All-Big Ten accolades. Kylie Schwarz also returns after being named to the Big Ten's All-Freshman squad last year and garnering the start in 17 matches to anchor a backline that earned five shutouts.

UW brings back 88.6 percent of its goal scoring from a season ago, as well as 86.4 percent of its point production.

The Badgers travel to face Marquette on Thursday in their lone exhibition match of the preseason. The 2014 season officially kicks off Friday, Aug. 22, when UW hosts Oregon at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

BIG TEN WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

1. Penn State

2. Wisconsin

3. Maryland

4. Nebraska

5. Michigan

6. Ohio State

7. Illinois

T8. Iowa

T8. Rutgers

10. Indiana

11. Minnesota

12. Michigan State

13. Northwestern

14. Purdue

BIG TEN WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jannelle Flaws, Illinois, Sr., Forward

Taylore Peterson, Illinois, Jr., Midfield

Aliina Weykamp, Illinois, Jr., Defense/Midfield

Tori Keller, Indiana, Sr., Midfield

Abby Smith, Indiana, Sr., Midfield

Veronica Ellis, Indiana, So., Midfield

Melanie Pickert, Iowa, Sr., Defense

Cloe Lacasse, Iowa, Sr., Forward

Caitlin Brown, Iowa, Sr., Defense

Aubrey Baker, Maryland, Jr., Midfield

Rachelle Beanlands, Maryland, Jr., Goalkeeper

Cory Ryan, Maryland, Sr., Midfield

Madisson Lewis, Michigan, So., Midfield/Forward

Nicky Waldeck, Michigan, So., Forward

Ani Sarkisian, Michigan, Fr., Midfield/Forward

Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz, Michigan State, Jr., Defense

Paige Wester, Michigan State, Sr., Forward

Megan Marsack, Michigan State, Sr., Midfield

Katie Thyken, Minnesota, Sr., Midfield

Tarah Hobbs, Minnesota, So., Goalkeeper

Josee Stiever, Minnesota, So., Midfield

Jaycie Johnson, Nebraska, So., Forward

Mayme Conroy, Nebraska, Sr., Forward

Caroline Gray, Nebraska, Sr., Midfield

Niki Sebo, Northwestern, Jr., Midfield

Margo McGinty, Northwestern, Jr., Defense/Midfield

Jackie Alyinovich, Northwestern, Sr., Defense

Nichelle Prince, Ohio State, So., Forward

Kayla Varner, Ohio State, Sr., Forward

Nikki Walts, Ohio State, Fr., Midfield

Emily Hurd, Penn State, Sr., Midfield

Mallory Weber, Penn State, Jr., Forward

Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State, Jr., Forward/Midfield

Mollie Kuramoto, Purdue, Sr., Midfield

Taylor Niewoit, Purdue, Sr., Midfield

Alex Hairston, Purdue, Sr., Forward

Madison Tiernan, Rutgers, So., Midfield

Erica Skroski, Rutgers, Jr., Defense Stef Scholz, Rutgers, Sr., Forward

Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin, So., Midfield/Forward

Cara Walls, Wisconsin, Sr., Forward

Genevieve Richard, Wisconsin, Sr., Goalkeeper

 

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