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Badgers picked second in Big Ten Preseason Coaches' Poll


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Aug. 13, 2014

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
Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin, So., Midfield/Forward
Cara Walls, Wisconsin, Sr., Forward
Genevieve Richard, Wisconsin, Sr., Goalkeeper
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

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