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Packer's Perspective: Back to school

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The time is finally here! The first day of class, we are all so excited to be back in school...On a more enthusiastic note, the team is geared up and ready to hit the ice for the first time together as a squad in the 2013-14 season in the upcoming weeks. As summer came to an end we had a few barbeques as a group, enjoying the outdoors, and the above average grilling skills of senior goaltender, Ilana Friedman. 

We also appeared as the guest team at the first Badgerville of the 2013 Wisconsin football season. After a few onstage words from myself, and motivation for what is to come from junior forward, Blayre Turnbull, a number of us put on our festive Badger apparel, and headed to Camp Randal to cheer our fellow Badgers on to the football team's first win of the season over UMass. It was a fun weekend, and the first Jump Around of the year is always a great tradition to take part in.

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Labor Day was spent at the Friedman's home in Middleton, where we relaxed in their amazing garden, complements of Ms. Friedman herself. We enjoyed everything from brats and burgers, to five star chicken marinated by sophomore defenseman, Courtney Burke.

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The first day of classes is always crazy, our freshman were pretty good about not getting lost on their first day, but you can always count on someone to go to her Monday classes on Tuesday, and this year it was SENIOR Ilana Friedman...she will learn, just may take graduating to get there. My schedule is pretty prime, no classes too early, and not an overwhelming load, but for the engineers in the group such as juniors Katy Josephs and Katarina Zgraja and sophomore Jorie Walters, the class schedule feels a bit more overwhelming I would assume. Classes are a just starting to kick off and it should be a fun semester as everyone seems pretty comfortable and confident about their course load!

The group is a pretty special squad this season, and every get together is full of laughter and inside jokes. The team is motivated and ready to go to work this season, and can't wait to see the fans out at our first game against Japan in just a few weeks! Now that the season is gearing up, the blog will be updated more frequently, and will include a behind the scene look at what this Badger squad is doing on our journey to the top this season! Until next time, On Wisconsin!

-Madison

Archived Gameday Blog: UW Women at Penn State

Please join Diane Nordstrom of the Wisconsin Athletic Communications as she chronicles all of the action from tonight's Big Ten Conference women's basketball game between Wisconsin (19-8, 9-7) and Penn State (16-10, 8-8).

Dear Badger Fans

A letter from future Olympian and Badger, Hilary Knight

Dear Badger Fans,

First off I want to thank you for all of your support. I have had a wonderful experience at Wisconsin most of which wouldn't be possible without your Badger spirit.

Coming back to Madison

By Meghan Duggan, member of Team USA and senior-to-be at Wisconsin

Everyone wants to know what it felt like when the 21 names were finally released; I will tell you all what I tell them, it's a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life.

Rhode Island

By Olivia Jakiel, Wisconsin women's hockey

This past weekend marked the second road trip where our team chartered a plane to our destination; this time it was Providence, Rhode Island. An early departure of 5 a.m. from Camp Randall would make for a very grumpy bus ride to the airport (so you would think); however, the team was chatty and extremely bubbly (I would like to thank my four cups of coffee for that). Once we arrived we headed straight for the rink to practice, where Stef (McKeough) won the showdown again and picked Jasmine (Giles) to sing.

Saying goodbye

By Whitney Owusu, Wisconsin women's soccer

"Cherish every moment, because these four years will go by so fast and before you know it, you'll be a senior playing in your last collegiate game." These were the words I heard countless times from coaches, upperclassmen and alums since the time I entered this program three years ago. And like most people, I didn't believe them until I found myself beginning my last preseason ever as a Badger.

Thanksgiving weekend

By Olivia Jakiel, Wisconsin women's hockey

Well, Badger fans, I don't really have much to say this week. We've fallen into a pattern with our weekend games and none of us are happy about it (and I'm sure you all aren't either). With the team chartering a flight at 7 a.m. (leaving the rink at 5:15 a.m....eek!) to fly out to Providence, we hope to bring everything we've got to the rink. I mean, how can we not? This pattern has to stop and hopefully we can put an end to the inconsistency of this season this weekend.

Until next year...

By Michele Dalton, Wisconsin women's soccer

It was disappointing that we didn't get the result we had hoped for this weekend. We battled for 90 minutes, and unfortunately came out on the losing end. But, in the words of our coaches, "As soon as the whistle blew for the end of the game, the 2010 season began." This harsh realization was hard to swallow, but then I looked around.
 
I still get another shot, another opportunity to play the sport I love... the seniors don't. For them, the ride stopped at the sound of that whistle. A ride for many that began during youth, evolved into a love through adolescence, and resulted in a passion by adulthood. What's left is a lifetime of memories, of moments that define the women we've become today. The harsh realization became a little easier to accept once I thought about the seniors.
 

On the road again

By  Olivia Jakiel, Wisconsin women's hockey

It seems as if we have quite the pattern going with this whole "lose-a-game-win-a-game" thing. I'm sure you are all frustrated, Badger Fans, but I can guarantee you that we are all about 10 times as irritated. Why is this happening? Luck of the draw? Or un-luck, perhaps? I think we just need to seriously buckle down and play like we did against Minnesota.

Boston bound!

By Michele Dalton, women's soccer goalkeper

Let's just put something into perspective real quick:

T (Taryn Francel): Game-winning goal in OT to defeat UW Green Bay

Darcy (Riley): assist to T's goal

Flann (Meghan Flannery): Lost count of own corner kick goals/how many assists off of corners and crosses??

Whit-O (Whitney Owusu): Header goal vs. Santa Clara in last minute

"Hockey" (Alev Kelter): Two (Yes, two) consecutive header goals to come back and defeat DePaul with how many minutes left??

EJ (Erin Jacobsen): UNREAL first time volley into upper 90 to defeat Northwestern with 52 seconds left

Roxy (Roxanne Carlson): Lone, game-winning goal to send Wisconsin into the Sweet 16!!

Nos (Laurie Nosbusch): Hat trick against Indiana, game-winning goal in double OT vs. Iowa

Paige (Adams): Crazy goal vs. Penn State AND lone goal vs. Michigan State

Gundy (Lauren Gunderson): Two shutouts

Moni (Monica Lam-Feist): With 18 seconds left ties Ohio State!!!

Leigh (Williams): SICK goal vs. ASU 1:39 into the game

LJ (Lindsey Johnson): BING! Enough said...

Krista (Liskevych): PK vs. North Dakota State

(Lauren) Cochlin: Second goal vs. Marquette


EVERY single individual has impacted the University of Wisconsin women's soccer teams' success this season!! If a name wasn't mentioned, it's probably due to my short-term memory loss... not to take away from any single person's accomplishment. The list above is nothing less than incredible. Look at the stats from any other team in the country and I seriously doubt you will see that many players have a substantial impact in a game, in a season, in a career.
ON WISCONSIN