Wildcat soccer picked 12th by NSIC coaches
Wayne State was picked to finish 12th in the 2018 Preseason NSIC Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll earlier this week.
The Wildcats received 69 points in voting conducted by league coaches in this year’s poll. WSC returns eight starters from last year’s team that was 4-8-6 overall and tied for 12th in the NSIC with a 3-7-5 league mark.
Minnesota State is the preseason favorite to win the NSIC with 220 points and 12 first-place votes. Bemidji State was second with 206 points and two first-place votes while Augustana came in third with 194 points and one first-place vote. Minot State collected the final first-place vote in fourth with 189 points with Concordia-St. Paul fifth at 156 points.
Christina Stasi, a 5-foot-5 senior forward, is listed as Wayne State’s Offensive Player to Watch. Stasi led the Wildcats in scoring last season with four goals and one assist for nine points while playing in 18 games with 17 starts. Her success on the field in the 2017 season was rewarded with an All-NSIC Honorable Mention nod, her second in three years (2015).
Natalie Rech, a 5-foot-4 defender, was selected as the Wildcat Defensive Player to Watch this season. The three-year starter appeared in all 18 matches last season and recorded one goal and two assists while ranking third on the team in minutes played (1,528).
Wayne State opens the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1, facing Montana State–Billings at the Colorado Christian Tournament in Lakewood, Colorado at 11 a.m.