Penn State Leads Big Ten Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll

More than two-thirds of 42 students on Preseason Honors List have earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition, including 11 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

 

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Penn State is the top choice to win the 2018 Big Ten Conference women’s soccer championship, according to the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll announced Monday.

 

The Nittany Lions, who have won 18 Big Ten titles and claimed their seventh Big Ten Tournament championship last year, were selected first in the 2018 Big Ten preseason poll by the conference’s 14 head coaches. Ohio State, which earned its second Big Ten crown last season, finished second in this year’s preseason poll, while Rutgers, which has reached the Big Ten Tournament title game twice in the past three seasons, was chosen third.

 

Rounding out the top five in the team balloting were Northwestern and Wisconsin. Both the Wildcats and Badgers reached the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, with Northwestern also advancing to the 2017 Big Ten Tournament title game, the Wildcats’ second appearance in the final and first in 20 years.

 

Also on Monday, the conference unveiled the 2018 Big Ten Preseason Honors List, as selected by the conference coaches. More than half (31) of the 42 students earning preseason honors have received Academic All-Big Ten recognition during their careers, highlighted by 11 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars, seven Google Cloud Academic All-District honorees and one Google Cloud Academic All-American (Penn State’s Emily Ogle).

 

In addition, nearly half (20) of the students on the 2018 Big Ten Preseason Honors List are returning all-conference selections, including 11 United Soccer Coaches all-region honorees and four students (Ogle, Northwestern’s Marisa Viggiano, and Wisconsin’s Victoria Pickett and Dani Rhodes) who were named to the 2018 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List announced last week by United Soccer Coaches.

 

The 2018 Big Ten women’s soccer season kicks off Thursday with six conference schools in action, while the remaining Big Ten programs will begin play this weekend.

 

Here’s a look at the complete 2018 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll and Preseason Honors List:

 

2018 BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL

1. Penn State

2. Ohio State

3. Rutgers

4. Northwestern

5. Wisconsin

6. Minnesota

7. Michigan

8. Nebraska

9. Purdue

10. Iowa

11. Indiana

12. Illinois

13. Maryland

14. Michigan State

 

2018 BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON HONORS LIST

Alicia Barker, Jr., D, Illinois

Morgan Maroney, Sr., D, Illinois

Katie Murray, Sr., M, Illinois

Mykayla Brown, Sr., F, Indiana

Chandra Davidson, Jr., M, Indiana

Maya Piper, Sr., F, Indiana

Devin Burns, Jr., F, Iowa

Kaleigh Haus, Jr., F, Iowa

Natalie Winters, Jr., M, Iowa

Rachel Egyed, Sr., GK, Maryland

Jlon Flippens, Jr., D, Maryland

Jarena Harmon, Sr., F, Maryland

Hillary Beall, So., GK, Michigan

Reilly Martin, Sr., F, Michigan

Sarah Stratigakis, So., M, Michigan

Michaela Kovacs, Jr., D, Michigan State

Reilley Ott, Jr., GK, Michigan State

Lexy Warner, Sr., M, Michigan State

April Bockin, Sr., F, Minnesota

Molly Fiedler, Sr., M, Minnesota

Emily Heslin, Sr., M, Minnesota

Meg Brandt, Jr., M, Nebraska

Aubrei Corder, Jr., GK, Nebraska

Sinclaire Miramontez, Jr., D, Nebraska

Hannah Davison, Sr., D, Northwestern

Kayla Sharples, Sr., D, Northwestern

Marisa Viggiano, Sr., M, Northwestern

Arden Holden, Sr., M, Ohio State

Sarah Roberts, Sr., M, Ohio State

Izzy Rodriguez, So., D, Ohio State

Maddie Nolf, Sr., D, Penn State

Emily Ogle, Sr., M, Penn State

Kaleigh Riehl, Jr., D, Penn State

Sarah Clark, So., M, Purdue

Katie Luce, So., GK, Purdue

Hannah Mussallem, Sr., D, Purdue

Amirah Ali, So., F, Rutgers

Chantelle Swaby, Jr., D, Rutgers

Kenie Wright, Sr., D, Rutgers

Cameron Murtha, So., M, Wisconsin

Victoria Pickett, Sr., M, Wisconsin

Dani Rhodes, Jr., F, Wisconsin