| Game 15 | Cleveland State (6-10, 2-4) @ Milwaukee (5-8-1, 4-2)
|| Friday, October 26 | 7 p.m.
|| Milwaukee, Wis. | Engelmann Stadium
| Live Stats
|| Watch Live on HLN
The Last Meeting
September 16, 2011
#17/11 Panthers Roll To 4-0 Win At Cleveland State
Three different Panthers scored goals in the first half and Helen Steinhauser had three assists as the No. 17/11 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team defeated Cleveland State, 4-0, Friday evening at Krenzler Field.
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Oct. 24, 2012) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team closes out the regular season Friday, hosting Cleveland State at Engelmann Stadium. The Panthers will kick off with the Vikings at 7 p.m. needing a win to clinch a 13th-straight Horizon League regular season championship and the top seed in next week's league tournament. Milwaukee is currently 4-2 in league play and is tied with Detroit atop the league standings with 12 points. UWM holds the tiebreaker over the Titans.
The Panthers split a pair of games last weekend, but picked up a win in a key league match at Green Bay Friday. Milwaukee is now 4-2 in league play and a win away from clinching at least a share of the league's regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming league tournament.
Clinching League Titles And Seeds
With a win Friday, UWM clinches at least a share of its 13th-straight Horizon League regular season championship. The current 12-year streak is the second longest in the nation, trailing only Penn State's current streak of Big Ten titles (14). Despite a 1-2 start to league play, the win would also capture the No. 1 seed in next week's league tournament, as well. UWM holds a head-to-head tiebreaker with Detroit, which it is currently tied with.
Scenarios exist that allow the Panthers to claim a share of the league title despite a tie or loss Friday. In all, the Panthers can finish with the No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3. Wright State and Youngstown State are the only other teams that can factor in the top three with Milwaukee and Detroit.
About Cleveland State
The Vikings are 2-4 in league play and are currently tied for the sixth and final seed in next week's league tournament. CSU has lost three-straight games, including a 5-1 decision at Wright State its last time out. Vickie Havas and Jaime Avona pace the squad with five goals apiece, while Havas has added five assists for a team-best 15 points. Sarah Wood has played the bulk of minutes in goal for Cleveland State, posting a 1.78 goals against average and a shutout in over 1100 minutes.
Milwaukee is 12-0 against Cleveland State since the Vikings' program started in 2004 ... the Panthers have identical 5-0 records at home and on the road in the series ... UWM has outscored CSU 54-2 in the series, including by a 29-0 mark over the last six meetings.
Players of the Week
Krissy Dorre was named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week Monday, the first weekly honor of her career. She scored both goals in the Panthers' 2-1 win at Green Bay last Friday. The award was also UWM's fourth this season. Hannah Kaul was named the League's Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 7--her first honor, as well--while Amy Kauffung (Offensive) and Jamie Forbes (Defensive) were named the first Horizon League Players of the Week of the season. It was Kauffung's first weekly honor, while the award was Forbes' third.
Sammy Vovos scored her first goal of the season against St. Bonaventure. It was a triumphant return to the field for the fifth-year senior. Vovos last scored a goal Oct. 26, 2009, at Green Bay. She then missed the next two seasons with two separate injuries. She played in her first game since 2009 in the season opener vs. South Carolina. Vovos has added two more goals this season, including one against Oklahoma State Sunday, to push her season total to a career-high three. She is also tied for the team lead in goals this season.
When Milwaukee won back-to-back games for the first time this season Oct. 3-10, Helen Steinhauser scored the game-winning goals in both games. At Valparaiso Oct. 3, she broke through in just the fourth minute for a goal in the 1-0 win. Then, a week later, she found the back of the net with 23 seconds remaining in the second overtime period against Loyola to send UWM to another win. She is the first Panther with back-to-back game-winners since Sarah Hagen had a five-game streak last season.
Welcome to League Play
Milwaukee's tough non-league slate was built with the Horizon league schedule in mind. The Panthers have excelled in league play, winning 12-straight league regular season titles, the second-longest streak in the nation behind only Penn State (Big Ten). They have also posted an 80-6-3 (.916) record in league games over that time. The results get even better at home, where UWM is 40-2-1 (.942) since 2000.
Tough Road Ahead... Er... Behind
Milwaukee's 2012 schedule shaped up to be another tough slate as the team played three nationally-ranked teams, plus two others that spent multiple weeks in the rankings. After a scoreless draw against preseason No. 24 South Carolina Aug. 17, UWM played No. 13 Marquette and hosted No. 13 Wisconsin. The Panthers close out their non-league slate Oct. 21 against Oklahoma State, a team ranked in the top 25 for much of the season. Milwaukee has two wins and six draws in 36 games all-time against ranked opponents.
The Milwaukee defense and Jamie Forbes posted back-to-back shutouts to start the season. This marked the fourth time it has happened. As a freshman in 2009, Forbes had four-straight shutouts to start the season, while the 2006 and 1997 teams also had two clean sheets to start their campaigns.
Sara Zawacki played just the final 13 minutes against St. Bonaventure, making her collegiate debut and quickly getting on the scoreboard. By scoring in her first game as a Panther, she is the fifth player in school history to score a goal in her UWM debut and the first since Sarah Hagen in 2008. She is just the second to score off the bench, joining Katie Waltenberger in 1998, who also debuted in the second game of the season.
A handful of Panthers were recognized before the season started by various publications that cover women's soccer. Senior keeper Jamie Forbes was named to the watch list for All White Kit's Golden Gloves Award, which is given to the top goalkeeper in the nation. She was also picked to repeat as Defensive Player of the Year and is on the all-league first team by College Sports Madness. CSM also picked Sky Perna as Newcomer of the Year; Emily Scott, Helen Steinhauser and Amy Kauffung as preseason first-team selections; and Krissy Dorre, Kelsey Holbert and Stephanie Condon as second-teamers.
New Man On Campus
Head coach Greg Henschel is in his first season leading the Panthers. He came to Milwaukee from UW-Whitewater, where he racked up 290 wins and 11 NCAA Tournaments in 13 seasons leading both the men's and women's programs. In 2011, both the men and women claimed league titles and NCAA Tournament berths.
Panthers Picked First in Preseason Poll
For the 13th-straight year, Milwaukee topped the Horizon League Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Panthers, who received five first-place votes and 44 points in the poll, shared the top spot with Detroit, which garnered the remaining three first-place nods. UWM has won 12-straight league regular season titles, while Detroit finished second in the league a year ago. Valparaiso was picked third and Wright State, which fell to the Panthers in the league title game, fourth.
The Mighty 300
Both head coach Greg Henschel and the Milwaukee women's soccer program are closing in on monunental win milestones. Henschel entered the season with 290 wins and now is just five shy of 300. Meanwhile, the Panthers came into 2012 with 286 all-time wins and are now nine off the mark.
Home, Sweet Home
Milwaukee is always excited to see games at Engelmann on its schedule, as the team has an undeniable home field edge. The Panthers have a 55-9-6 record at Engelmann since 2005, including a 24-game unbeaten streak (21-0-3) that came to an end in 2009. That streak is tied for the 14th-longest in NCAA Division I history. UWM also had a regular season league home winning streak reach almost 12 years and 37 games (36-0-1) before ending in 2010. All-time, the Panthers are 52-6-1 at home in league play.
Back in Black (& Gold)
The Panthers return six starters in 2012, led by seniors Jamie Forbes and Helen Steinhauser. Forbes was voted the top keeper in the region last season, while ranking up a 0.67 GAA and 11 shutouts. Steinhauser is the top-returning scorer with four goals and five assists (13 points) last season. She returns in a midfield that boasts sophomore starters Kelsey Holbert and Amy Kauffung.
New in 2012
Twelve freshmen dot the Panther roster for 2012, including five all-state performers last season. Sky Perna was also rated as the No. 13 prospect in the midwest by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Emma Fatla was a three-time all-state honoree in Wisconsin, while Alleina Szydlowski also earned three awards in Michigan. Callie O'Donnell earned all-state honors twice in Illinois, while Chelsea Howe and Maria Stephens were also all-state selections.
More New Faces
In addition to a new head coach and 12 freshmen, Milwaukee also has a new look coaching staff with the addition of Kristen Weiss and Jon Gulrajani. Weiss is on staff as second assistant, while Gulrajani is with the team as a volunteer assistant. Dave Madsen is the lone returning coach, having been promoted to top assistant in the off-season.
Thanks For The Memories
UWM's 2011 senior class certainly made a name for itself in four seasons in a Panther uniform. The class is the first in school history to play in four NCAA Tournaments and won a school-record 61 games. Individually, the five players account for three of the top 10 goal scorers in school history and two more four-year starters. Most notably, Sarah Hagen wrapped up her career with 93 career goals and 212 points--both school and league records and ranking among the best in NCAA Division I history. After UWM, Hagen signed a professional contract with Bayern Munich of the Frauen Bundesliga in Germany and has returned to the club for her second season. Also of note, Keara Thompson (64 career points, fourth in school history) won a WPSL Elite title with the Western New York Flash over the summer and Makenzie Gillaspie (four-year starter) is a graduate assistant with the Nebraska Omaha women's soccer team.
Catch All The Action And More
For the second-straight season, a majority of the Panther home games will be webcast live and free on the Horizon League Network. In fact, beginning with the team's exhibition match against Michigan State, all but one game (Sept. 22 vs. Wright State) will be featured on HLN. In addition to live events, features, highlights and interviews are available at the Black & Gold Network, the department's official YouTube channel. Be sure to check in with BGN for the latest news and action surrounding Milwaukee Women's Soccer.
A Field By Any Other Name...
The Panthers' home field hasn't changed, but the name has. Milwaukee now calls its home Laura Moynihan Field at Engelmann Stadium. A new synthetic surface was put in place in 2010 and it was renamed Laura Moynihan Field last season, honoring the former women's soccer coach. The facility retained the Engelmann name in the form of "Engelmann Stadium." All references to Milwaukee's home stadium should be "on Laura Moynihan Field" or "at Engelmann Stadium."
Milwaukee hopes to be hosting the 2012 Horizon league Tournament Nov. 3-5. Regardless of its location, the Panthers will begin their defense of the last four tourney titles Friday in the semifinals.