Oct. 31, 2012
All-Big Ten teams
MADISON, Wis. -- University of Wisconsin women's soccer head coach Paula Wilkins has always stressed cohesiveness and team-oriented goals. She has also been quick to praise this year's squad as one of her strongest teams in recent memory. The Big Ten coaches seem to agree as five Badgers were named to All-Big Ten teams, the conference announced on Wednesday.
"As a coach, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your players recognized," Wilkins said. "Awards are great but I believe the collective strength of this year's team is a huge reason for the individual recognition these players have earned.
"Not only are they great soccer players, but they are phenomenal students and even better people and I couldn't be any prouder of them."
After finishing the regular season ranked first and second, respectively, in goals scored, sophomore Cara Walls and senior Monica Lam-Feist were named second team All-Big Ten honorees. Walls, who bested her team-leading 19-point output in 2011 by tallying 10 goals and an assist this season, shined for Wisconsin on the front line, recording a trio of multi-goal games, including three game-winning scores in 2012. Walls finished the regular season seventh in the Big Ten in goals per game (0.64) and 10th in points (21).
Lam-Feist played a pivotal role in the Badgers topping the 10-win mark this season, as the senior recorded six goals in 2012, including the game-winner in UW's first win over Notre Dame in over a decade during the season opener. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native will conclude her career at Wisconsin as one of the most decorated midfielders in school history, as Lam-Feist is just five matches short of cracking the top-five in games started (78).
Badger newcomers Kinley McNicoll, Lexi Peterson and Lindsey Holmes all earned All-Freshman team honors after combining to form a solid core for UW in all three phases of the field. McNicoll, who was recently recognized as one of Top Drawer Soccer's top-100 freshmen, started in all 19 matches and is currently tied for first on the team in assists (6). The Oakville, Ontario, native also notched a pair of game-winning goals against both South Dakota State and Green Bay.
Peterson also garnered the start in all 19 matches this season, anchoring the back line for the Badgers. Peterson tallied her first career score against Big Ten regular-season champion Penn State, while also recording an assist this season. Holmes, who has seen action in 18 matches this season, is peaking during the Big Ten schedule, as all five of her points have come in conference play. The Verona, Wis., native helped push the Badgers over the 10-win plateau with a goal in UW's 2-1 double-overtime comeback win against Illinois.
In addition, sophomore Carly Vogel earned the Big Ten's sportsmanship award for her tremendous reputation in the classroom as well as on the playing field. Vogel, who has started in six of the 10 matches she has seen action in during 2012, was one of 12 Big Ten women's soccer student-athletes honored for their distinguished sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
The Badgers finished the regular season with a 12-6-1 mark and will take on the Michigan Wolverines at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the opening round of the 2012 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament.