The Last Meeting
August 22, 2010
South Bend, Ind.
Panthers Suffer Unfortunate Loss At No. 4 Notre Dame
No. 4 Notre Dame scored three second-half goals to hand the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team a 3-0 defeat Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The Panthers fall to 1-1 on the season after a season-opening 2-1 win at Ohio State Friday. Meanwhile, Rose Augustin scored two goals to lead the Fighting Irish (2-0).
Milwaukee came out of the gates aggressively, controlling play throughout much of the first half. Despite being unable to score, UWM held the majority of the possession through the frame and outshot the home team 10-5. Four of those shots went on goal.
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Nov. 7, 2012) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team pulled a familiar draw this week when it was sent to Notre Dame for the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament this weekend. The Panthers and Fighting Irish will square off Friday in UWM's third post-season trip to South Bend. Milwaukee played at the site in 2006 and 2008, playing the then-No. 1 UND squad tough in a second-round showdown in 2006. Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m. central time at Alumni Stadium.
The Panthers won their fifth-straight Horizon League title last weekend to advance to this weekend's NCAA Tournament. They have won seven of their last eight matches and head into the extended post-season with an 8-8-1 mark.
With a 5-0 win over Cleveland State Oct. 26, Milwaukee pulled into a tie atop the league standings at 5-2 and earned a share of its 13th-straight regular season title. That streak is the second-longest in NCAA Division I history as Penn State picked up a 15th-straight Big Ten title earlier this season. The Panthers secured a championship double of regular season and tournament crowns for the fifth-straight season and ninth time overall.
About Notre Dame
The Irish have been in and out of the rankings this season, but used a strong 8-1-1 Big East campaign to return to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection. UND is 13-5-2 after a quarterfinal loss to Marquette in the conference tournament. Crystal Thomas leads the team in scoring with eight goals, while four other players have tallied five on the year. In goal, two keepers have seen significant time with Elyse Hight starting down the stretch and posting a 0.59 goals against average and four shutouts in over 1,074 minutes played.
Notre Dame has won all six meetings with UWM since the Panthers moved to Division I in 1990 and lead the all-time series 6-1 ... Milwaukee made trips to South Bend in 2009 and 2010, both 3-0 losses, and have faced UND three times this century ... the then-No. 1 Irish defeated the Panthers 1-0 in the 2006 NCAA Tournament Second Round ... both teams played Marquette and Wisconsin this season and both went 0-2 in those matches.
Milwaukee is making its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance. The team has advanced to the second round three times (2005-06, 2011), winning a tourney game for the first time last season. In 2005 and 2006, the Panthers advanced to the second round via a PK shootout, getting past Purdue (`05) and Michigan. The 2006 tournament was also the season UWM met Notre Dame, then No. 1 in the country, and played to a hard-fought 1-0 result for the Irish. Milwaukee has been sent to South Bend two times before this season, 2006 and 2008.
The Panthers won overtime matches in back-to-back games for just the third time in school history last weekend in their two league tournament games. The previous instances were Oct. 13-15, 2006 and Sept. 24-28, 2003. Last weekend was the first time the team won double-overtime matches in back-to-back outings in school history.
Krissy Dorre is the second Panther this season to notch game-winning goals in back-to-back games this season (Helen Steinhauser, Oct. 3-10). Her GWG in the league semifinals and championship are the 16th instance in school history and the first to both come in overtime games, much less double overtime. Steinhauser's feat was the first by a Milwaukee player since Sarah Hagen had a school-record five-game streak of game-winners last season.
Keeping Up With The Keepers
Jamie Forbes has been a standout in the back for the Milwaukee defense since her first game in a Panther uniform (the first of four-straight shutouts to start her career). This season, the numbers have shown that as she has moved into second place in school history in some notable goalkeeping categories. Her 27 shutouts, 37 keeper wins and her nearly 5,423 minutes in goal all trail just Erin Kane (2005-08) in UWM's annals. Forbes also trails only Kane in league history for career shutouts.
Dancing With Class
This year's senior class is heading to its fourth NCAA Tournament as a group, joining last season's seniors as the only classes in school history with tournament bids in each of its four years. Sammy Vovos is a fifth-year senior and now has the distinction of being the only Panther to go to five NCAA Tournaments.
For the fourth-straight season, the Horizon League Player of the Year came from UWM as Helen Steinhauser earned the award last week. She also repeated as an all-league first-team selection. She was joined on the all-league teams by four sophomores, including Kelsey Holbert and Kelly Lewers on the first team and Krissy Dorre and Amy Kauffung on the second team. Kauffung was also a second-team selection as a freshman in 2011. The awards continued into the post-season as Dorre was named league tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tourney team by Steinhauser, Holbert, Kauffung and Jamie Forbes.
Head coach Greg Henschel has guided the Panthers back to the NCAA Tournament in his first season at the helm of the program. It is a rare feat at Milwaukee, as he is just the third head coach in the department's Division I history to guide its team to the NCAA Tournament in their first season. He joins former women's soccer coach Michael Moynihan (1997) and current men's basketball coach Rob Jeter (2006) as the only head coaches to accomplish the feat.
Players of the Week
Sammy Vovos closed out the regular season as the league's final offensive player of the week this week. She made her first collegiate start last weekend on Senior Day and nabbed the game-winning goal in the fifth minute against Cleveland State. She also added an assist in helping the Panthers to a decisive win that clinched a share of the league regular season crown. The award was the first of her career and team's fifth this season. Krissy Dorre earned her first honor the week before on offense, while Hannah Kaul was a first-time honoree on defense Oct. 7. To open the season Amy Kauffung (offense) and Jamie Forbes (defense) game UWM a sweep. 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 Aug. 19. It was a triumphant return to the field for the fifth-year senior. Vovos had 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 three more goals this season, including one in each of her last two games, to push her season total to a career-high four.
Sara Zawacki has appeared in just two games this season, but has scored a goal each time. When she played the final 13 minutes against St. Bonaventure, in her collegiate debut, Zawacki became 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. When she found the back of the net against Cleveland State Oct. 26, she joined Hagen as the only Panthers to score goals in each of her first two college games.
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.
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 two shy of 300. Meanwhile, the Panthers came into 2012 with 286 all-time wins and are now six 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 58-9-6 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 53-6-1 at home in league play.
Back in Black (& Gold)
The Panthers returned 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.
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."
The winner of Milwaukee/Notre Dame advances to the NCAA Second Round where it will face the winner of Georgia Southern and No. 10 Wake Forest.