WAYNE – As the Wayne State College women’s soccer team reported to preseason practices the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota released the 2019 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
On Wednesday afternoon the Wildcat women were selected to finish 11th with 89 points in voting conducted by league coaches. Wayne State went 4-12-1 overall and 4-10-1 in league play finishing 12th last season.
Minnesota State-Mankato will look to defend their NSIC Tournament title and was picked as the top team in the preseason poll with 222 points and 12 first-place votes. Augustana was tabbed second with 208 points and Bemidji State third with 199 point as both received a pair of first-place votes followed by Concordia-St. Paul (172) and St. Cloud State (154) rounding out the top five teams.
Winona State edged University of Mary 146-140 for sixth place with Minnesota Duluth (128), Minot State (118) and Northern State (107) rounding out the top 10 teams. Wayne State came in 11th with Sioux Falls (70), MSU Moorhead (62), Upper Iowa (43), Southwest Minnesota State (41) and Minnesota Crookston (21) closing out the preseason poll.
Wayne State’s Offensive Player to Watch is senior midfielder Sophia Ketchmark. \The Omaha Gross graduate was an All-NSIC Honorable Mention selection for the Wildcats last season with two goals and three assists while playing the most minutes (1,268) of any returning Wildcat player. She is a three-year starter and captain for WSC.
The Wildcat Defensive Player to Watch is senior defender Madison Burgard, a graduate of Bismarck High School in North Dakota. Last season, Burgard helped the WSC defense record five shutouts and played the second-most minutes (1,247) of any returning player.
The Wayne State College women’s soccer team will open the 2019 season on Friday, September 6 facing Harding (Ark.) at the Nebraska-Kearney Tournament with their first home contest slated for Friday, September 27 against Minot State at 3 p.m. WSC will also begin competition with a pair of exhibition games on Saturday, August 17 at Briar Cliff University and on Friday, August 23 hosting College of St. Mary’s.