Women's Soccer

    Keller, Smith, Ellis Named Players To Watch

    Go Hoosiers! Tori Keller, Abby Smith, Veronica Ellis
    Go Hoosiers!
    Tori Keller, Abby Smith, Veronica Ellis
    Go Hoosiers!
    Aug. 13, 2014

    CHICAGO - The Big Ten Conference announced the 2014 Big Ten Women's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Poll as well as the Players To Watch list, featuring three Hoosiers. The players to watch from Indiana include senior midfielder Tori Keller, senior midfielder Abby Smith and sophomore midfielder Veronica Ellis.

    Keller played in all 23 matches last year as a defender, helping the Hoosiers set a program record with nine shutouts on their way to advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She has two goals and four assists in her career.

    Smith has 11 career goals scored - six of which have proven to be the game-winning goal - to go along with 11 assists as she enters her senior season. Last year, she registered five goals and eight assists as a junior.

    Ellis made a splash during her freshman campaign, scoring three goals - all of which were game-winning goals. Perhaps the biggest goal of the season came in the first round of the NCAA Tournament when her goal late in the second half propelled the Hoosiers to a 1-0 victory over DePaul.

    In the coaches' poll, the Hoosiers were picked to finish 10th out of the 14 conference team as voted on by the conference coaches. Last year, Indiana checked in at 12th in the preseason coaches' poll but went on to a 6-5 record and finished the regular season in fourth place.

    BIG TEN WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
    1. Penn State
    2. Wisconsin
    3. Maryland
    4. Nebraska
    5. Michigan
    6. Ohio State
    7. Illinois
    T8. Iowa
    T8. Rutgers
    10. Indiana
    11. Minnesota
    12. Michigan State
    13. Northwestern
    14. Purdue

     

     

    BIG TEN WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH
    Jannelle Flaws, Illinois, Sr., Forward
    Taylore Peterson, Illinois, Jr., Midfield
    Aliina Weykamp, Illinois, Jr., Defense/Midfield
    Tori Keller, Indiana, Sr., Midfield
    Abby Smith, Indiana, Sr., Midfield
    Veronica Ellis, Indiana, So., Midfield
    Melanie Pickert, Iowa, Sr., Defense
    Cloe Lacasse, Iowa, Sr., Forward
    Caitlin Brown, Iowa, Sr., Defense
    Aubrey Baker, Maryland, Jr., Midfield
    Rachelle Beanlands, Maryland, Jr., Goalkeeper
    Cory Ryan, Maryland, Sr., Forward
    Madisson Lewis, Michigan, So., Midfield/Forward
    Nicky Waldeck, Michigan, So., Forward
    Ani Sarkisian, Michigan, Fr., Midfield/Forward
    Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz, Michigan State, Jr., Defense
    Paige Wester, Michigan State, Sr., Forward
    Megan Marsack, Michigan State, Sr., Midfield
    Katie Thyken, Minnesota, Sr., Midfield
    Tarah Hobbs, Minnesota, So., Goalkeeper
    Josee Stiever, Minnesota, So., Midfield
    Jaycie Johnson, Nebraska, So., Forward
    Mayme Conroy, Nebraska, Sr., Forward
    Caroline Gray, Nebraska, Sr., Midfield
    Niki Sebo, Northwestern, Jr., Midfield
    Margo McGinty, Northwestern, Jr., Defense/Midfield
    Jackie Alyinovich, Northwestern, Sr., Defense
    Nichelle Prince, Ohio State, So., Forward
    Kayla Varner, Ohio State, Sr., Forward
    Nikki Walts, Ohio State, Fr., Midfield
    Emily Hurd, Penn State, Sr., Midfield
    Mallory Weber, Penn State, Jr., Forward
    Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State, Jr., Forward/Midfield
    Mollie Kuramoto, Purdue, Sr., Midfield
    Maddy Williams, Purdue, So., Forward
    Alex Hairston, Purdue, Sr., Forward
    Madison Tiernan, Rutgers, So., Midfield
    Erica Skroski, Rutgers, Jr., Defense
    Stef Scholz, Rutgers, Sr., Forward
    Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin, So., Midfield/Forward
    Cara Walls, Wisconsin, Sr., Forward
    Genevieve Richard, Wisconsin, Sr., Goalkeeper


       

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