Aug. 21, 2014
• Wisconsin Game Notes | Oregon Game Notes
MADISON, Wis. - A new season is set to begin. The University of Wisconsin women's soccer team not only kicks off its 2014 regular season against Oregon on Friday night, but also the beginning of UW's 2014-15 sports season.
The Badgers welcome in the Ducks for a prime-time match under the lights of the McClimon Complex set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Returning one of the most experienced lineups in the country this fall, the Badgers have 10 starters back from a season ago. UW retains 88.6 percent of its goal scoring from last season, along with 86.4 percent of its point production. Led by five seniors and seven juniors, there's a veteran vibe in Madison.
UW head coach Paula Wilkins (187-71-30) enters her eighth season at the helm of the Badgers program in 2014 and ranks in the top 20 among active Division I coaches for win percentage (.701). Having won 10 games or more in five straight seasons, the Badgers have their sights set this year on a Big Ten championship and the program's 18th NCAA tournament appearance.
Friday also marks the return of Rose Lavelle and Kinley McNicoll, who missed most of preseason action while representing their countries at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada. Reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Lavelle scored her first goal at the U-20 level for the U.S., while McNicoll had the honor of serving as captain for host Canada at the tournament.
Following Friday's match, both Lavelle and McNicoll will be available to interact with fans in attendance and sign autographs.