U-M Picked to Finish Second In Big Ten, Three Named to Watch List

Aug 14, 2013

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team was picked to finish second in the Big Ten, as the conference released its annual preseason coaches' poll and Players to Watch list on Wednesday (Aug. 14). Penn State, which has won the last 15 Big Ten titles, was picked to finish first, followed by the Wolverines and Illinois.

Additionally, seniors Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) and Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) and sophomore Corinne Harris (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) were pegged as Players to Watch by the conference office. All three were All-Big Ten selections last year, with Ezurike making the first team, Toohey making the second team and Harris making the All-Freshman Team.

Michigan opens the regular season on Friday, Aug. 23, against UW-Milwaukee at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Wolverines' first Big Ten match is Sunday, Sept. 22, at Iowa, a match that will be televised by the Big Ten Network. That match will begin at noon CDT.

Big Ten Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. Penn State
3. Illinois
4.Ohio State
5. Wisconsin
6. Iowa
7. Minnesota
8. Northwestern
9. Nebraska
10. Michigan State
11. Purdue
12. Indiana

Big Ten Women's Soccer Preseason Players to Watch

Illinois -- Nicole Breece (M/F), Kassidy Brown (D), Vanessa DiBernardo (M)
Indiana -- Rebecca Candler (F), Lisa Nouanesengsy (M), Lara Ross (D)
Iowa -- Ashley Catrell (M/F), Cloe Lacasse (F), Alex Melin (M)
MICHIGAN -- Nkem Ezurike (F), Corinne Harris (F), Meghan Toohey (M)
Michigan State -- Nicole Caruso (D/M), Megan Marsack (M), Paige Wester (F)
Minnesota -- Haley Helverson (F), MacKenzie Misel (D), Katie Thyken (M)
Nebraska -- Mayme Conroy (F), Jordan Jackson (F), Ari Romero (D)
Northwestern -- Kate Allen (F), Jackie Alyinovich (D), Margo McGinty (D/M)
Ohio State -- Lindsay Agnew (F), Megan Fuller (D), Nichelle Prince (F)
Penn State -- Whitney Church (D), Maya Hayes (F), Raquel Rodriguez (F/M)
Purdue -- Alex Hairston (F0, Jordan Pawlik (M/F), Hadley Stuart (F)
Wisconsin -- Rose Lavelle (M/F), Kinley McNicoll (M), Cara Walls (F)

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423

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