October is crunch time in college soccer, where conference champions are determined and NCAA berths are secured, and FC Wisconsin alums are doing their part to help their teams reach their goals. Wisconsin's ASPIRING players continue to make their mark in college soccer at programs all across the country!
UW- Madison: The Badgers topped Michigan State 1-0 in their Big10 conference match up last weekend. Holly Heckendorf and freshman Payton Wesley both earned starts and Dani Rhodes and Steph Fabry came off the bench and continued to put pressure on the tough Michigan team. One week prior Dani Rhodes scored one of the goals of the season in a 1-1 draw against Nebraska, and you can watch it here! Fabry scored her first goal of the season, and Wesley had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over Purdue in the last week of September.
UWM: The Panthers held on tight to a 2-1 win over Green Bay, to improve their record to 6-1 in the Horizon League. Cassidy Blanchard started and played 90 minutes and helped her team defend the one goal lead, and was also named one of the top 20 players in the Horizon League at the mid-point of the season. Congrats to Blanchard, Erin Corrigan, Ana Portz, and Delaney Hughes on taking over first place in the conference!
Marquette: Marquette earned its fifth BIG EAST Conference victory of the season on Thursday afternoon with a 2-0 shutout of Villanova. Caroline Fink and Ali Jacobson contributed to the win and will start to prepare for Butler at home on Sunday. Caroline Fink earned her first goal of the year in a 2-0 win over St. John's earlier in the month.
New Hampshire: New Hampshire dropped a 2-3 decision to Stony Brook in America East play, but still clinched home field advantage for the post-season conference tournament. Gaby Dorsey started the game and was also named as one of the top 20 players in the America East at the mid-point of the season! Earlier this month she was named America East Player of the Week for her two goals in two games against Binghamton and the University of Hartford. Watch one of those goals here!
Northwestern: Mary Erikson and No. 22 Northwestern continued Big Ten play with a 1-0 win over Iowa and improved to 6-1-1 in league play. They went on to tie 0-0 in a scoreless double-overtime draw on Sunday afternoon against Nebraska. The week prior, Erikson had an assist in a huge 2-1 win over #19 Michigan.
Illinois State: Illinois State soccer team (10-5-2, 3-0-1 MVC) swept Kansas State, 2-0, with two late goals in the second half. Freshman Kate Del Fava started the game and notched an assist to secure the victory!
Duke: Mary Elizabeth and the Duke women’s soccer team upended fifth-ranked Virginia Saturday evening, 1-0, in ACC action on senior night at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. The weekend wasn’t entirely a success as they suffered their first ACC loss against Florida State on Thursday evening - moving to 11-3-2 overall and 6-1-1 in the ACC.
Cardinal Stritch: Stritch defeated Judson University 4-1 to keep their 11 game in steak alive. Jamie Karch and Katie Golabowski both started the game and Karch notched a goal to keep them team ahead. Wolves are now 12-2 on the season and continue their perfection in conference play with a 9-0 mark. Karch, currently 4th in the country in goals in NAIA play, was also named Athlete of the Week for Stritch.
Florida Gulf Coast University: Elyse Hansen and FGCU Eagles defeated Stetson 2-1 and have taken over first place in the ASUN conference with the win! While a seventh-straight ASUN regular season is within reach, FGCU will need to take care of business against UNF on the road for the regular season finale.
Brandeis University: Haley Prudent and the Judges earned a 1-0 victory over Westfield State University in a non-conference women's soccer game at Alumni Field on Wednesday night. Next up, they will host Emory on October 28. The Judges are ranked #16 in the nation by D3soccer.com and #17 by the NSCAA.
University of Rochester: Christina Feller and the University of Rochester picked up their third win of the year, moving to 3-6-5, with a convincing 6-1 win over Keuka. The Yellowjackets next contest is the final non-conference game the year against RIT.
Denver: Mary Dewalt started in a tough 0-1 loss to Oral Roberts in Summit League play. The team was playing a down a player due to a foul in the 14th minute in the game. The Pioneers will look to get back on track on the road against South Dakota State.
Florida Atlantic: Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer team earned a 2-1 win against Marshall. Maddie Pung contributed off the bench and helped her team clinch a winning record in both C-USA play and overall.
UW Green Bay: Mara Pfeilstifter, Cara Baugrud and Green Bay dropped a tough match against the league leaders, UWM, 2-1. Green Bay will return to the pitch against Cleveland State.
MIT: The MIT women's soccer team and Lilly Mueller cruised to a 7-2 win over Smith College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action, with Mueller in the net for half of the game!
Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State enjoyed a dominant 3-0 triumph over TCU. Michela Ongaro made 4 saves to keep the shutout for the Cowgirls.
Case Western Reserve University: Gabby Kiefer started for the Spartans as they played to a 1-1 tie in double-overtime against the University of Rochester. The draw brings the Spartans 2016 ledger to 5-5-4 overall and 0-2-2 in the UAA.
University of Indianapolis: Amy Wilson and the University of Indianapolis women's soccer team recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season, holding on for a 2-1 win over Maryville on Sunday.
Northeastern: Mollie Rosen and the Huskies ended their five–game winning streak in a 2-1 loss against Hofstra. Northeastern outshot Hofstra 21-10, but couldn’t find the net to equalize the game. The Huskies will return home to close out the regular season against Towson.
University of St.Thomas: Mackenzie O’Connell and the University of St.Thomas defeated Bethel University 4-0! With the result, St. Thomas improves to 13-1-1 overall and remains unbeaten in MIAC play with a record of 7-0-1
Southern Methodist University: Fresham Jessica Cooley started and SMU outshot Memphis, but the effort fell short as the SMU women's soccer team lost 3-1 at home. SMU slides to 10-5-1 overall, and 4-2-1 in the American Athletic Conference.
Wright State University: Kat Schmidt and the Wright State women's soccer team saw its unbeaten streak end as Milwaukee scored two late goals in a 2-0 Horizon League match up.
Valparaiso University: Valparaiso and starter Adi Johnson picked up a key road win against Chicago in Horizon League play. They came back from being down at halftime and earned a 2-1 win! The Crusaders (8-8-0, 4-3-0 Horizon) close out their regular season home slate against Oakland.
Northern Illinois University: Jackie Wandt and the Huskies fell 1-0 to Toledo in double OT. The NIU women's soccer team (4-8-4, 3-4-2 MAC) will now head to Bowling Green to play the Falcons!