The Women’s Soccer Club will take to the field this fall when RecSports allows the formation of club teams for sports with Notre Dame varsity teams for the first time. Freshman Ally Kirst, an officer of the Women’s Soccer Club, said the team came to be after junior Emma Russ spent the past year negotiating with RecSports. “We are very excited to finally be able to start up,” Kirst said. Freshmen Alexis Pala and Shannon Hogan will join Kirst as officers of the club team. Pala said Notre Dame needed a soccer club because of the large difference between the varsity and interhall teams. Many female students have played competitive soccer in high school, but neither the interhall nor the varsity teams provide a comparable environment to that of their high school teams, she said. “This club is for girls who are committed and have a love for soccer, but don’t want the commitment that the varsity level calls for,” Pala said. “It’s more serious and competitive than intramurals, but less than a varsity sport.” Kirst said the team will practice two to three days per week and have 10 regular season games during the fall semester, not including tournament games. They will compete against teams in the Midwest Alliance Conference, which includes schools such as Purdue University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Indiana University, she said. The club is looking for a roster of about 24 girls, Kirst said. Although the officers are mostly looking for girls who have some experience and skill from playing competitive soccer, Kirst said they would like to see anyone with any interest in soccer try out . “We are looking for talented players, of course,” she said, “but also team players as well.” Pala said the team wants to bring the spirit of soccer to non-varsity players. “It will bring back the feeling of being a part of a team and having a commitment to it,” she said. Even though next year will be the first year of the team’s existence, Pala said the girls already have high hopes for the team’s success. “We would love to be a dominating club within our league, but more than that we want to be a valuable addition to this campus and be a good outlet for female students,” Pala said. “Our goals are to be successful, to create a strong team environment, and to grow as people and players.” An information meeting for the Women’s Soccer Club took place Wednesday, but interested students can contact any of the officers. Tryouts will take place in the fall.
The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer (4–4–1, 1–1 Big Ten) claimed their second consecutive road win with a 1–0 victory over the University of Marquette (3–6–0, 1–1 Big East) Wednesday.The match was a tight contest throughout with no love lost between the two sides. The 32 fouls and two yellow cards that were dished out by referee Nick Balcer are a clear indicator of the tough nature of the match.The first half saw the Badgers get off eight shots to Marquette’s one, but they couldn’t capitalize on their attacking dominance and the match remained scoreless at the half.The deadlock was broken at the 55-minute mark when inform freshman Andrew Akindele picked up his second goal of the season for the Badgers after getting on the end of a through ball from Michael Russell II.Men’s soccer: Badgers follow miracle comeback win with game against MarquetteFollowing a come-from-behind 2–1 win over Maryland, confidence will be high for Wisconsin (3-4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) as they travel Read…In a conversation with UW Athletics post-match, Badger Head Coach John Trask was pleased to see some goal-scoring production from his forwards.“Nice to get a goal from one of our forwards,” Trask said. “It was a challenge I put to the forwards at half-time so it was nice to see Andrew get a goal.”After the Wisconsin goal, there was plenty of attacking play from Marquette as they looked to get back into the match. However, despite having eight shots and six corners in the second half, Marquette was unable to get on the scoreboard and the game finished 1–0 Wisconsin.Speaking post-match, Trask acknowledged that at times the soccer on display wasn’t easy on the eyes, but sometimes you’ve got to dig deep and scrap for wins.“This is a part of college soccer. You can win by doing good things and you can win by battling,” Trask said. “You have to have both those parts if you’re going to be successful.”The games don’t get any easier for Wisconsin as they have a date with No. 5 Michigan State (8–0–2, 2–0 Big Ten) in East Lansing Sunday.Women’s soccer: Badgers look to capitalize this weekend against Rutgers, MarylandThe No. 22 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (8–2–1, 2–1–1 Big Ten) heads home this weekend to play Rutgers Read…The highly ranked Michigan State side are yet to suffer defeat this season with eight wins and two draws next to their name. Those eight wins include a victory over No. 8 Notre Dame, as well as Big Ten wins over Rutgers and Penn State.While Wisconsin has had trouble finding the scoring touch at times this season with only eight goals through nine games, Michigan State has not had these problems. The Spartans have scored 22 goals in 10 matches this season, with Ryan Sierakowski and DeJuan Jones leading the team in goals with five each.The match kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.