UWM Women's Soccer Returns to League Play
Oct. 14, 2002
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Women Return To League Play The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team will be back in familiar territory this weekend when it returns to Horizon League competition. The Panthers currently stand at 6-5-2 on the year after a tie and a loss to Big Ten visitors University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin on Friday (Oct. 11) and Sunday (Oct. 13). UWM and Minnesota played to a 2-2 draw before the Badgers outlasted Milwaukee 1-0 in an in-state battle. This week, the Panthers will take its perfect 3-0-0 conference mark down to Chicago for a Thursday (Oct. 17) 7:00 p.m. contest with Loyola University before returning to Milwaukee for a first-place showdown with Butler University. The UWM-BU game is set for noon at Engelmann Field.
The Michael Moynihan File Three-time Horizon League Coach of the Year Michael Moynihan is currently in his sixth season as mentor of the UWM women's soccer program. A 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Moynihan has led the Panthers to three Horizon League regular-season titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure. The winningest coach in the program's history, Moynihan boasts a 66-34-13 mark in five-plus seasons, good for a .642 winning percentage. Assisting Moynihan in 2002 is right-hand man David Nikolic and 1999 UWM grad Crystalin Montgomery.
Scouting The Opposition - Back To The Horizon Loyola- The Ramblers of Loyola enter the week of play with a 4-7-1 record overall and a 0-2-0 mark in Horizon League play. LU split a pair of contests last week, defeating Northern Illinois University 1-0 on Thursday before dropping a 1-0 heartbreaker to conference foe University of Detroit-Mercy. Loyola started the season well, winning three of its first five contests before dropping five of the next seven contests. Freshman forward Jamie Wasielewski leads the team with nine points on four goals and an assist while junior Michelle Taylor has notched three goals and two assists. UWM leads the all-time series between the two schools, 9-1. Butler- The Bulldogs will come to Engelmann Field on Sunday in a tie with UWM atop the Horizon League standings. Butler currently boasts the league's best record with an 8-3-0 showing and a 3-0-0 conference mark. Butler also boasts the league's highest scoring offense with 25 goals scored in 11 games. BU enters the week winners of five of its last six following a 1-0 defeat at Miami (OH) University on Friday. The Bulldogs top offensive threat is high-scoring Amy Morrison. The senior forward currently leads the league in goals (13), points (29), and game-winning goals (5). UWM leads the all-time series 8-5-2 after last season's thrilling, 1-0 triple overtime win in the Horizon League Tournament Championship game.
"Shauno" Shines Up Top What appeared to be a minor lineup change by UWM head coach Michael Moynihan paid huge dividends in the Panthers contest versus Minnesota on Friday. Looking for more aggressive play from the forward position, Moynihan inserted junior Erin Shaughnessy into the lineup. Shaughnessy, a converted defender, wreaked havoc on the Gopher defense from the moment she stepped on the field. The 5-4 sparkplug narrowly missed a goal after a one-on-one breakaway before finally converting on a spectacular spin move less than a minute later. The goal, the first of the game, was the first in the junior's three-year career.
Banged Up Panthers For a team that already struggles to score goals at times, injuries to two of its best forwards certainly can't help. UWM senior Amy Oechsner, who sat out the Panthers' last two games, will probably miss two more weeks with a torn MCL in her right knee. The senior hopes to return to the lineup by the conference tournament. Meanwhile, the prognosis was not so good for forward Megan Mann. The junior will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in her right knee in Sunday's game versus Wisconsin.
Chudy Rises Up When Elizabeth Chudy showed up for her first season of athletics at UWM, she knew she would have to perform in the air. As a basketball player, jumping ability is key. However, since the freshman's switch to soccer in 2002, her ability to get things done off the ground has been crucial. Chudy notched her third goal of the season in Friday's tie versus UM with a head ball to the far post. Chudy is clearly Milwaukee's most dangerous player around the goal due to her ability to perform in the air. Two of Chudy's three goals this season have come via headballs off free kicks.
Panther Defense Best In The League You can be sure of only three things in life. Death, taxes, and strong UWM women's soccer defense. With 11 goals allowed in 13 games, the Panthers once again lead the Horizon League in every defensive statistic. Heading into the week of play, Milwaukee has posted nine consecutive shutouts in conference play. On the season, UWM leads all league schools with fewest goals allowed (11), fewest goals per game (0.8), and overall goals against average (0.81).
Happy To Hit The Road Playing on the road is no big deal for the Milwaukee women's soccer team. With a 4-0-0 road record in 2002, it appears the Panthers actually prefer it. In fact, dating back to a 3-2 loss at Michigan on October 22, 2000, UWM has posted 13 consecutive road victories. The streak is currently the longest such streak in school history.
What To Wear? In honor of the current poll question on www.uwmpanthers.com, what jersey should the UWM women's soccer team wear? While 42.6% of the fans prefer white, a quick look at the stats suggest otherwise. When it comes to wins, black appears to be the color of choice as the Panthers are a perfect 5-0-0 when doning the black "uni's" with yellow numbers. Meanwhile, Milwaukee is 1-1-1 in white and 0-4-1 in the new gold uniforms with black trim and numbers.
Panther Pressbox With Coach Moynihan
Michael Moynihan On His 2002 Schedule Thus Far:
"Every year we play tough non-conference opponents and Big Ten schools to prepare ourselves for the conference season and the postseason tournament. Loyola and Butler will both be tough games this week. Butler is flying high and scoring a lot of goals. The league has gotten a lot better and is now at the point where there are no easy wins, especially on the road."