WAYNE – A pair of exhibition matches are slated for the Wayne State College women’s soccer pre-season as league rankings were posted.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the Wildcat women’s soccer program was picked to finish 10th in the 2022 NSIC Preseason Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll announced by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota Thursday morning.
WSC senior defender Chloe Schlines and junior forward/midfielder Morgan Rhodes were tabbed as Wildcats to Watch in the NSIC this season.
The Wayne State College women’s soccer team collected 95 points in voting conducted by league coaches. The ‘Cats were ninth in the NSIC last season with records of 6-8-4 overall and 6-6-3 in NSIC games.
Minnesota State-Mankato edged Bemidji State as the team to beat in the NSIC this season with the Mavericks receiving 217 points and eight first-place votes followed by Bemidji State at 210 points and five first-place ballots.
Augustana came in third place with 199 points and the remaining three first-place votes. Concordia-St. Paul (178) and University of Mary (159) filled out the top five teams.
Minot State was sixth at 146 points, one more than seventh place St. Cloud State. Northern State was eighth at 141 points with Winona State (101) and Wayne State (95) closing out the top 10 teams.
Rounding out the coaches’ poll were Minnesota Duluth (89), Sioux Falls (67), Southwest Minnesota State (63), Upper Iowa (61), MSU Moorhead (30) and Minnesota Crookston (19).
Schlines, a 5-9 senior defender from Council Bluffs, Iowa (Lewis Central HS), earned All-NSIC Second Team honors for the ‘Cats last season anchoring a WSC defense that posted five shutouts. She led Wayne State last season in minutes played with 1,629 and produced one goal.
Rhodes, a 5-2 junior forward/midfielder from Omaha (Millard West HS), is the top returner in shots from last season with 22 (nine on goal) and was fifth on the team in minutes played (1,271) despite missing one game due to injury.
This year’s NSIC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year is senior Jenny Vetter from Minnesota State-Mankato while the NSIC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year is senior Megan Dahl from Bemidji State University.
The Wayne State College women’s soccer program opens the 2022 season at home on Friday, August 26 hosting Northwest Missouri State at 3 p.m. WSC will also participate in two exhibition matches on Wednesday, August 17 at Midland University in Fremont with a 1 p.m. start and entertain Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, August 20 at 1:30 p.m.
2022 Preseason NSIC Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll
1. Minnesota State (8) 217 pts.
2. Bemidji State (5) 210 pts.
3. Augustana (3) 199 pts.
4. Concordia-St. Paul 178 pts.
5. University of Mary 159 pts.
6. Minot State 146 pts.
7. St. Cloud State 145 pts.
8. Northern State 141 pts.
9. Winona State 101 pts.
10. Wayne State 95 pts.
11. Minnesota Duluth 89 pts.
12. Sioux Falls 67 pts.
13. Southwest Minnesota State 63 pts.
14. Upper Iowa 61 pts.
15. MSU Moorhead 30 pts.
16. Minnesota Crookston 19 pts.
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