Hagen is Preseason All-American; Opening Weekend Preview

Before we get into breaking down this weekend’s action to open the 2010-11 Milwaukee Athletics calendar, PantherU is proud to congratulate Sarah “Apple” Hagen on being named to the Preseason All-American Team by Soccer America.

Hagen is just nine goals away from tying Lisa Krzykowski’s 57 goals, the school record.  As you can see, we’ve added a counter to the right-hand side of the page to keep track as she chases history.  Go Apple!  Now, onto the season!

After seriously contemplating making the eight-hour drive to Columbus, spending the weekend there and coming back through South Bend on Sunday, I decided that it wasn’t exactly conducive to my bank account, or my beater car, to make the trip.  So, it comes with great regret that I’ll be following the live stats with all of you.  What are we up against, anyways?

Game 1: Ohio State Buckeyes, Friday 6:30 p.m. Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

The Buckeyes are coming off a solid 2009 campaign in which they went 14-4-2 overall and made the NCAA Tournament.  OSU has been picked second in the Big Ten preseason poll, behind Penn State.  Senior Lauren Steuer is the most prolific returning Buckeye, having scored 15 points on four goals and seven assists in 2009.  Graduating from last year’s team is Ashley Bowyer, tied for second on the 2009 team with 13 points.  Other returning goal scorers include Lauren Granberg and Paige Maxwell, who each scored six goals last season to lead the Buckeyes.  The Buckeyes top five returning goal scorers combined to score 23 of Ohio State’s 39 goals last season.  If you’re keeping score at home, they were one goal short of Sarah Hagen.  In the two teams’ only meeting, the Panthers escaped the possible upset with a 4-3 victory at Engelmann Field in 2008.

Fowlkes, All-American

Lauren Fowlkes is a Preseason All-American

Game 2: #4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Sunday 1:30 p.m. Alumni Stadium, South Bend, Indiana

There’s no getting around it: the Panthers don’t do well in South Bend.  In the 2008 NCAA Tournament, it was a 2-1 upset at the hands of underdog Michigan State.  In 2009, the Fighting Irish tallied their fifth victory in a row in the series, going up 5-1 all-time against Milwaukee.  This season, Notre Dame is again chasing national title aspirations and has the firepower to accomplish that goal.  Senior defender/midfielder Lauren Fowlkes and junior forward Melissa Henderson were also named to the Soccer America Preseason All-American Team along with Hagen.  The Irish come into the season ranked fourth in the nation and will be expecting a victory against our Panthers.  All I got to say is Cat Scratch Fever, Milwaukee, Cat Scratch Fever:

I don’t know exactly what it means for Notre Dame, but I hope it results in a Milwaukee victory.


  1. Michael

    August 20, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    YSU won their opener @ Robert Morris 3-1 tonight. New coach, new attitude, and a surprising opening win on the road in Pittsburgh. Worth noting we also beat a top 3 D2 team 3-0 in a scrimmage.

    Should be interesting to see if YSU has a decent soccer team for once.

    • Jimmy Lemke

      August 20, 2010 at 11:47 pm

      Nice! We need conference teams to start winning these non-conference games, it builds the talent in the Horizon.

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