Milwaukee Puts League-Best Five On All-League First Team
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Oct. 29, 2008) - Five members of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team were named to the All-Horizon League First Team, freshman Sarah Hagen was named the League Newcomer of the Year and head coach Michael Moynihan was selected as the Coach of the Year when the league announced its post-season awards Wednesday.
Hagen, seniors Erin Kane and Sarah Teegarden and juniors Kate Megna and Erin Kreuser were each picked for the league's first team. Meanwhile, Hagen and freshmen Mary Wandolowski and Keara Thompson earned places on the league's all-newcomer team.
Moynihan collected his second-straight Horizon League Coach of the Year award and the sixth of his career. His team has darted out to a 15-2-2 record heading into the post-season, while receiving votes in the national poll since the second week of the season. The Panthers are currently 18th in the nation, matching their highest ranking ever, and have been in the top-25 for five-straight weeks and six times this season.
Hagen is amidst the greatest offensive season in school history as just a freshman. She leads the nation with 20 goals and is tied for second with 44 points. She broke school single-season records for goals and points. She is also on the verge of the league record for goals in a season (21). The Appleton, Wis., native has been named the league player of the week three times and has been selected to three national teams of the week over the course of the season.
Kane and Teegarden were each named to the first team for the fourth time in their careers, the first teammates to accomplish the feat in league history. Only eight players have been four-time first-team players, including Wright State's Jess Rooma, who joined the pair on this year's first team.
Kane is currently second in the league with a 0.76 goals against average and eight shutouts. But, in league play, she leads all league goalkeepers with a 0.29 GAA and an .882 save percentage. This season, she has surpassed the 50-win mark and the 40-shutout mark, extending school records she had already set entering the year. She is the only goalkeeper in league history with four first-team awards.
Teegarden has been a key midfield contributor for the Panthers, doing more than stats can illustrate. But, she has still contributed 10 points with three goals and four assists. Two of her goals have come as game-winners, giving her 10 for her career, which is one back of the school record. A native of Batavia, Ill., she was named league player of the week once this season after scoring the game-winner and assisting on three more goals against Butler Oct. 17. She was also named to the all-tournament teams at both the Milwaukee Cup and Minnesota Gold Classic.
Megna is second on the team with 18 points, while her 10 assists are a team high and second in the league. The midfielder from Middleton, Wis., has started all 19 games this season, adding four goals to go with her assist total. She was also named the Offensive MVP of the Minnesota Gold Classic in September and was subsequently named the league player of the week.
Kreuser is second on the team in assists with nine and added her first goal of the season over the weekend for 11 total points. Her nine assists are third in the league and her 11 points are tied for fifth. Her lone goal was the game-winner against Valparaiso. This is the first all-league award for Kreuser since receiving an all-newcomer team nod in 2006.
Wandolowski and Thompson joined Hagen on the all-newcomer team, giving the Panthers three members of the team for the third time in four seasons.
Wandolowski saw her playing time steadily increase over the first eight games of the season before cracking the starting lineup against Boston University. Since then, she has played every minute at central defense and flourished. Over the last 11 games, the Panthers are 9-1-1, have posted a 0.45 GAA, seven shutouts and are allowing just 7.3 shots per game.
Thompson has appeared in all 19 games for Milwaukee this season, making six starts in the midfield. She has been a dangerous threat for the Panthers and has tallied a pair of goals and three assists for seven points. She is also fourth on the team with 32 shots.
The Panthers are the No. 2 seed in the 2008 Horizon League Championship and host No. 7 Green Bay Sunday at Engelmann Field. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m., with the winner advancing to the semifinals to face the winner of No. 3 Wright State and No. 6 Cleveland State.