WSC women's soccer picked 11th in NSIC this season
Wayne State was picked to finish 11th in the 2019 NSIC Preseason Women’s Soccer coaches’ poll.
The Wildcats collected 89 points in voting conducted by league coaches. WSC was 4-12-1 overall last year and finished 12th in the NSIC last season with a 4-10-1 league mark.
Defending NSIC tournament champion Minnesota State was voted the team to beat this season with 222 points and 12 first-place votes followed by Augustana in second at 208 points and two first-place tallies. Bemidji State was third with 199 points and the remaining two first-place votes followed by Concordia-St. Paul (172) and St. Cloud State (154) rounding out the top five teams.
Wayne State’s Offensive Player to Watch in senior midfielder Sophia Ketchmark. She was an All-NSIC honorable mention selection for the Wildcats last season with two goals and three assists and played the most minutes (1,268) of any returning Wildcat player. She is a three-year starter and captain for Wayne State.
The Wildcat Defensive Player to Watch is senior defender Madison Burgard. Last season, Burgard helped the Wildcat defense record five shutouts and played the second-most minutes (1,247) of any returning player.
Wayne State opens the 2019 season on Friday, Sept. 6, facing Harding (Ark.) at the Nebraska-Kearney Tournament, with the first home contest slated for Friday, Sept. 27 against Minot State at 3 p.m.