College Soccer Preview   1 comment

This weekend kicks off the official opening of the 2012 women’s college soccer season.  Yes, we are aware that Division I schools are entering their third week of play and NAIA schools got underway last weekend, but for the vast majority of the players on our radar at Milwaukee United, this weekend is when they finally get their chance to take the field and showcase their talent in pursuit of conference and national championships.  Unlike most previews you may read, which focus on the top players and teams in Division I, our preview focuses on players and teams from Milwaukee.  Of the 61 players on our scouting list for 2012, more than 3/4 of them attend school either in Wisconsin or a connected state (Illinois, Iowa, or Minnesota) and less than 10 are on Division I rosters.  With that said, let’s start off by highlighting the only woman on that list playing in a major Division I conference.

Chloe Kiefer (Whitefish Bay/Divine Savior Holy Angels) is the starting goalkeeper for the nationally-ranked University of Louisville women’s soccer team.  She ranks in the top five all-time at Louisville for career goals-against average, career shutouts, and goalkeeper minutes, and this despite playing the equivalent of 1 1/2 seasons of matches for the Cardinals.  She has added two shutouts to her total thus far this season along with a 3-0-0 record and 0.98 GAA.

The women’s soccer team at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN has had a long-running tradition of Milwaukee-area players on its roster, and this season is no exception.  Jaclyn Glaser (Wauwatosa West) and Madeline Sweeney (Bayside/Divine Savior Holy Angels) represent Milwaukee County in the Tommies’ program in 2012, with the former coming off a season where she was named honorable mention all-MIAC (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).  A team near the top of the MIAC standings most seasons, the Tommies got their 2012 campaign off on the right foot with a 2-0 win over the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in their opener.

While Milwaukee County does have players that compete in conferences outside of Wisconsin, the majority of its talent can be found in three conferences with heavy Wisconsin representation.  The Northern Athletics Conference is comprised of 13 small, private schools (4 in the Milwaukee area), with local players on the rosters of five of them (Alverno, Concordia (WI), Lakeland, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Wisconsin Lutheran), highlighted by Nava Moniriarani (Oak Creek) at Alverno.  The Midwest Conference, like the NAC a private-school conference, has Milwaukee County representation on five of its 11 teams (Carroll, Lake Forest, Lawrence, Ripon, and St. Norbert), with its most notable local player being Anya Moran (Shorewood) at Lake Forest.  The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is made up of nine schools that are part of the University of Wisconsin System and Milwaukee-area players can be found at five of them (La Crosse, Oshkosh, Stout, Superior, and Whitewater), with Emily Ferger (Wauwatosa East) at Stout one of them.

In addition to Kiefer, a number of other local players will be finishing their college careers this season, among them Amy Kunowski (Greendale) at Bellarmine, Crystal Chalery (Milwaukee Pulaski) at UW-Parkside, and Chrissy Campbell (Greendale) at Western Illinois.  Coming up next week will be a piece on the increase of Milwaukee Public Schools graduates on 2012 rosters.

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Posted September 1, 2012 by Scott in Uncategorized

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