More than half of the 42 students on the Preseason Honors List have earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition, including four Big Ten Distinguished Scholars
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Penn State is the preseason choice to win the 2019 Big Ten Conference women’s soccer championship, according to a poll of the Big Ten coaches released Monday.
The reigning Big Ten Champion Nittany Lions, who have won 19 conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals last year, were selected first in the 2019 Big Ten preseason poll by the conference’s 14 head coaches. Rutgers, which was last season’s Big Ten runner-up and earned its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, finished second in this year’s preseason poll, while Wisconsin, which is coming off its first NCAA Tournament round of 16 appearance since 2009, was chosen third.
Rounding out the top five in the team balloting were Ohio State and Michigan. The Buckeyes tied Wisconsin for third in last year’s Big Ten standings and reached the NCAA Tournament for the fourth year in a row. Meanwhile, the Wolverines are seeking to return to the postseason for the first time since 2016.
Five Big Ten schools are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll, led by No. 6 Penn State, which earned a first-place vote in the 35-coach balloting. Wisconsin is next at No. 16, while Minnesota, Ohio State and Rutgers all received votes.
Also on Monday, the conference unveiled the 2019 Big Ten Preseason Honors List, as selected by the conference coaches. More than half (22) of the 42 students earning preseason honors have received Academic All-Big Ten recognition during their careers, highlighted by four Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and four United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Region selections.
In addition, nearly half (15) of the students on the 2019 Big Ten Preseason Honors List are returning all-conference selections, including last season’s Big Ten Defender of the Year (Penn State’s Kaleigh Riehl) and Goalkeeper of the Year (Rutgers’ Meagan McClelland). What’s more, the Big Ten Preseason Honors List features 10 United Soccer Coaches all-region honorees, two United Soccer Coaches All-Americans (Riehl and Rutgers’ Amirah Ali) and four students (Riehl, Ali, Nebraska’s Sinclaire Miramontez and Ohio State’s Izzy Rodriguez) who were named to the 2019 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List announced earlier this month by United Soccer Coaches.
The 2019 Big Ten women’s soccer season kicks off Thursday with 13 conference schools in action, while Penn State opens its season at 7 p.m. (ET) Friday, playing host to third-ranked Stanford at Jeffrey Field.
Here’s a look at the complete 2019 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll and Preseason Honors List:
2019 BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
2019 BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON HONORS LIST
Alicia Barker, Sr., D, Illinois
Jaelyn Cunningham, Sr., GK, Illinois
Arianna Veland, Sr., M, Illinois
Chandra Davidson, Sr., F, Indiana
Avery Lockwood, Fr., M, Indiana
Oliwia Wos, So., D, Indiana
Devin Burns, Sr., F, Iowa
Riley Whitaker, So., D, Iowa
Natalie Winters, Sr., M, Iowa
Malikae Dayes, Jr., M/D, Maryland
Mikayla Dayes, Jr., F, Maryland
Alyssa Poarch, So., F, Maryland
Hillary Beall, Jr., GK, Michigan
Nicki Hernandez, Jr., F, Michigan
Sarah Stratigakis, Jr., M, Michigan
Camryn Evans, So., F, Michigan State
Michaela Kovacs, Sr., D, Michigan State
Bria Schrotenboer, Fr., D, Michigan State
Nikki Albrecht, Sr., D, Minnesota
Athena Kuehn, Jr., M, Minnesota
Celina Nummerdor, Jr., M, Minnesota
Meg Brandt, Sr., M/F, Nebraska
Sinclaire Miramontez, Sr., D, Nebraska
Savanah Uveges, Sr., M, Nebraska
Regan Steigleder, Jr., M, Northwestern
Julietta Thron, So., D, Northwestern
Mackenzie Wood, So., GK, Northwestern
Alyssa Baumbick, Jr., D, Ohio State
Izzy Rodriguez, Jr., D, Ohio State
Jordan Silkowitz, Fr., GK, Ohio State
Amanda Dennis, Sr., GK, Penn State
Ellie Jean, Sr., D, Penn State
Kaleigh Riehl, Sr., D, Penn State
Sarah Clark, Jr., M, Purdue
Skylurr Patrick, So., D, Purdue
Grace Walsh, So., D, Purdue
Amirah Ali, Jr., F, Rutgers
Meagan McClelland, So., GK, Rutgers
Chantelle Swaby, Sr., D, Rutgers
Cameron Murtha, Jr., F, Wisconsin
Dani Rhodes, Sr., F, Wisconsin
laire Shea, Jr., D, Wisconsin