OFFICIAL BIG TEN PRESS RELEASE
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Penn State and Rutgers tied for first in the 2022 Big Ten Conference women’s soccer preseason poll, as selected by the conference’s 14 head coaches and released Monday. It’s believed to be the first time in conference history two schools have tied for top honors in the preseason women’s soccer balloting.
Penn State, which has won 20 conference titles and advanced to the third round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, has been chosen first in every Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll since 2003. Rutgers claimed its first Big Ten title last season and rode that momentum to the second NCAA College Cup berth in program history.
We are tabbed @B1GSoccer favorites with Rutgers! It marks the first tie in the Big Ten preseason poll history.@PennStateWSOC has been chosen first in every Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll since 2003.https://t.co/IgPXkZAjv4#WeAre pic.twitter.com/zgMLmNG0Sn— Penn State Women’s Soccer (@PennStateWSOC) August 15, 2022
Rounding out the top five in the team balloting were Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State. The Wolverines won their first Big Ten Tournament championship in 2021 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Badgers reached the NCAA third round last year and have competed in 10 of the past 13 NCAA tournaments, while the Buckeyes earned their 12th NCAA Tournament bid in the past 15 seasons.
Five Big Ten schools are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll, led by No. 6 Rutgers, No. 9 Michigan and No. 14 Penn State. Purdue and Wisconsin also received votes in the preseason poll.
We have been picked in a first-place tie in the #B1GWSOC preseason poll - the first @RUAthletics team to be picked No. 1 in a @bigten vote.— RUTGERS WOMEN’S SOCCER (@RUWSoccer) August 15, 2022
Sara Brocious, Meagan McClelland, & Riley Tiernan are #B1GWSOC Players to Watch.
📰 https://t.co/EPZCIKwIh6#WeNeverStop /// #GoRU! pic.twitter.com/dscFRyxjor
Also on Monday, the conference unveiled the 2022 Big Ten Players to Watch List, as selected by the conference coaches. Nearly half (19) of the student-athletes on the 2022 Big Ten Players to Watch List are returning all-conference selections, including two of last season’s individual award recipients — Michigan State’s Lauren Kozal (Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year) and Rutgers’ Riley Tiernan (Big Ten Freshman of the Year).
The Big Ten Players to Watch List features three United Soccer Coaches All-Americans (Kozal and Penn State’s Ally Schlegel and Penelope Hocking, the latter of whom transferred from USC during the offseason), along with 22 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and 10 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.
The 2022 Big Ten women’s soccer season kicks off Thursday with all 14 conference schools in action, highlighted by five Top 25 matchups, three of which will be on Big Ten campuses — No. 9 Michigan entertains No. 20 Washington State (7 p.m. ET), No. 14 Penn State hosts No. 19 Georgetown (7 p.m. ET), Purdue welcomes No. 15 USC (7 p.m.), Wisconsin visits No. 7 TCU (8 p.m. ET) and Iowa travels to No. 13 UCLA (10 p.m. ET).
2022 BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
1. (tie) Penn State
5. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
2022 BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST
Ashley Cathro, R-Sr., D, Illinois
Eileen Murphy, Sr., D, Illinois
Kendra Pasquale, R-Sr., M, Illinois
Jamie Gerstenberg, So., GK, Indiana
Jordyn Levy, So., F, Indiana
Arianna Rose, Fr., D, Indiana
Samantha Cary, Sr., D, Iowa
Kenzie Roling, So., F, Iowa
Hailey Rydberg, Grad., M, Iowa
Malikae Dayes, Grad., F, Maryland
Mikayla Dayes, Grad., F, Maryland
Juliana Lynch, Jr., M, Maryland
Hannah Blake, Sr., M, Michigan
Lily Farkas, Sr., M, Michigan
Avery Kalitta, So., M, Michigan
Ruby Diodati, Grad., D, Michigan State
Lauren Kozal, R-Sr., GK, Michigan State
Samantha White, Grad., D, Michigan State
Sophia Boman, Jr., M, Minnesota
Izzy Brown, Sr., F, Minnesota
Megan Plaschko, Sr., GK, Minnesota
Eleanor Dale, Jr., F, Nebraska
Reagan Raabe, Jr., M, Nebraska
Sarah Weber, So., F, Nebraska
Josie Aulicino, Jr., M, Northwestern
Meg Boade, Jr., F, Northwestern
Aurea del Carmen, Sr., M, Northwestern
Talani Barnett, Grad., D, Ohio State
Kayla Fischer, Grad., F, Ohio State
Sydney Jones, So., D, Ohio State
Penelope Hocking, Grad., F, Penn State
Payton Linnehan, Sr., F, Penn State
Ally Schlegel, R-Sr., F, Penn State
Sydney Duarte, Grad., M, Purdue
Gracie Dunaway, So., F, Purdue
Emily Mathews, Jr., M, Purdue
Sara Brocious, Jr., M, Rutgers
Meagan McClelland, Grad., GK, Rutgers
Riley Tiernan, So., F, Rutgers
Emma Jaskaniec, Sr., M, Wisconsin
Aidan McConnell, So., D, Wisconsin
Natalie Viggiano, Grad., M, Wisconsin