Women's Soccer Opens League Slate Tonight With UW-Green Bay
Sept. 21, 2004
It is back to the league schedule for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team, as the Panthers host league and in-state rivals the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay tonight at 4 p.m. After hosting the Phoenix, UWM hits the road Sunday, ending its week against Illinois State at noon.
Scouting The Opposition
UW-Green Bay: The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix enter league play with a 2-3-1 record, after a 4-1 loss to Marquette last Friday. UWGB and its opponents have played quite evenly as the Phoenix have scored, and surrendered nine goals, as well as outshooting opponents 89-86.
Stephanie Gross, an all-league performer last season, leads the Green Bay offense, tallying a pair of goals and assisting on four others (8 points). Two more Phoenix have a pair of goals to their credit. In net, Brooke Wikgren has seen the majority of time, posting a 1-2-1 record and 1.48 goals against average in 364 minutes. Also seeing time is Ryann Werner, who is 1-1 with a 1.38 GAA in 196 minutes.
Like Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay made a trip to Iowa this season, picking up the 3-1 decision at Northern Iowa and playing to a 1-1 tie at Iowa.
Illinois State: An NCAA team from a year ago, the Illinois State University Redbirds have had an up and down start to the 2004 campaign. After opening the year 3-0, ISU lost three straight before rebounding to defeat Eastern Illinois, 3-1, last Saturday.
Two players share the team lead in points, as Jaclyn Rucinsky has tallied three goals and an assist, while Michelle Brumaugh has two goals and three helpers. As a team, the Redbirds are outscoring opponents 10-9 and outshooting them 92-78. Andrea Shaw has stepped out of the shadows of departed letterwinner Allison Farrington to emerge as Illinois State's top keeper. The sophomore has played all 630 minutes this season, compiling a 1.29 GAA.
The Panthers hold the series advantage over both UW-Green Bay and Illinois State, but posted a 0-1-1 mark against the two teams in 2003. As in-state and aleague rivals, UWM and UWGB have met 20 times over the past 16 years, with Milwaukee holding the 13-6-1 advantage. Before last season's 2-1 overtime loss, the Panthers had won four straight and seven-of-eight in the series.
Last season's 2-1, overtime loss at UW-Green Bay snapped the Panthers' league record 21-game league unbeaten streak. What was surprising about the outcome was that UWM had won the previous four meetings and seven of the last eight. Why we may have seen it coming is that it was the Phoenix that had last beaten Milwaukee to end the 1999 league schedule.
Last Time Out
Iowa State 2, UWM 1: Sophomore Elicia Scaife scored her first collegiate goal to tie the game in the 62nd minute, but a late goal proved the difference, as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team fell to Iowa State University, 2-1, Friday night in the second game of the Nike Invitational in Ames. Kickoff was delayed 81 minutes due to lightning in the area during the preceeding match.
UWM 3, Creighton 0: Sophomore Elicia Scaife and junior Nicole Motl teamed for a pair of second-half goals and freshman Elizabeth Weirick made three saves for her first collegiate shutout as UWM beat Creighton, 3-0, on the second day of the Nike Invitational in Ames. Junior Katie Campion also scored her first goal of the season, the game-winner, from junior Elizabeth Chudy in the first half.
With Tuesday's match against UW-Green Bay, Milwaukee begins its 11th season of Horizon League competition. The Panthers have won the last four regular-season league championships, and have been picked to win again this year, rightfully so.
Under head coach Michael Moynihan, UWM boasts a 30-5-4 mark in league games, including 21-1-1 over the last four seasons. Overall, the Panthers have gone 40-12-4 in the Horizon League since joining for 1994.
Glad You Could Join Us
The face of the Horizon league has not changed dramatically since last season, but the seven league teams have welcomed a new member for the 2004 season: Cleveland State University. The Vikings have picked up women's soccer and began play this season. UWM plays CSU for the first time on Oct. 3 in Cleveland.
Junior Nicole Motl and sophomore Elicia Scaife formed a great team this past weekend, working together to score three goals in two games at the Nike Invitational. Against Iowa State on Friday, Scaife converted a Motl free kick for her first collegiate score. On back-to-back corner kicks in the second half, Scaife converted crosses from Motl for two scores in UWM's 3-0 win. For their efforts, Scaife was named the tournament's offensive MVP, while Motl earned herself a spot on the all-tournament team.
2004 Tournament Honors
Scaife's selection to the Nike Invitational All-Tournament team was her second such selection this season, after garnering the honor at the Milwaukee Cup. Junior Andrea Kramer has also earned the honor twice, at the Milwaukee Cup and Crimson & Blue Invitational. Junior Janice McGann joined Kramer on the Crimson & Blue team, while freshman Pam Shipway was selected to the Milwaukee Cup team alongside Kramer and Scaife.
With goals this weekend, sophomore Elicia Scaife and junior Katie Campion became the fourth and fifth Panthers to score their first goal for UWM this season. Junior Andrea Kramer leads the team with four scores after not finding the back of the net in each of her first two seasons. Freshmen Pam Shipway and Sarah Freidel have each scored their first college goals this season as well. Campion was Western Illinois' leading scorer as a freshman before transferring to Milwaukee.
Loving League Play
No Panther is more excited for the start of league play than senior goalkeeper Kerri St. Aubin. St. Aubin has put up impecible numbers in leading Milwaukee to a 15-1-1 record in her three active seasons, as she redshirted the 2002 season. Individually, the Michigan keeper boasts a perfect 12-0-0 record, 0.44 goals against average and six shutouts during the Horizon League's regular season.
Gone To The Birds
Milwaukee has played an inordinant amount of teams whose mascots are birds already this season, adding to the list the (UW-Green Bay) Phoenix and (Illinois State) Redbirds. Through nine games, four have been against the Kansas Jayhawks, Marquette Golden Eagles, Boston College Eagles and Creighton Bluejays. In those games, the Panthers have had trouble with its feathered foes, going 1-3, with Sunday's 3-0 decision against Creighton standing as the lone win.
For the fifth consecutive season UWM has been picked as the preseason favorite in the Horizon League Preseason Coaches' poll, garnering five first-place votes and 47 total points. Butler and Detroit each received one first-place vote and were picked second (41 points) and third (35) respectively.
Preseason Poll Points
2004 marks the fifth straight season the Panthers have earned the top spot ... UWM has won the regular season crown after each of the previous four times ... this year also marks the first since 2001 that Milwaukee did not receive the maximum number of first-place votes.
2004 Horizon league coaches' preseason poll School 2003 Record Points 1. Milwaukee (5) 9-9-1 47 2. Butler (1) 8-9-2 41 3. Detroit (1) 9-10-1 35 4. Loyola 10-11-0 28 UW-Green Bay 9-9-1 28 6. Wright State 8-10-1 25 7. Youngstown State 2-17-0 10 Cleveland State First Year 10
A number of Black and Gold players have fallen victim to the injury bug, most recently freshman Andrea Wisniewski, who left UWM's game at Kansas with a knee injury. With a possibly season-ending ailment, she joins a pair of teammates in a similar predicament, most notably 2003 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, Ginny Graczyk. Graczyk joined redshirt freshman Amanda Winn with a season-ending knee injury in the off-season. Winn is yet to see time for the Panthers due to knee ailments.
On the Lighter Side
Senior Kerri St. Aubin is another Panther to have caught the knee-injury bug, but on a lesser scale. St. Aubin is currently day-to-day after leaving Friday's game with Iowa State. Towards the end of the first half the Michigan native re-aggravated an injury that held her out of Milwaukee's Sept. 10 match with Boston College. Freshman Elizabeth Weirick has stepped in and posted a 1-2-0 record and 1.93 GAA in backing up St. Aubin. Last weekend she had a GAA of 0.63 and a shutout in 143 minutes of work in Iowa.
The league season continues in Northwest Ohio, where the Panthers will play Youngstown State and Cleveland State the first weekend in October. UWM squares off with the Penguins on Friday at 3 p.m., before taking on the Vikings on Sunday at noon.