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The Field House Chronicles: Coaches pick men’s soccer to be okay

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Volleyball arrives this weekend; Men’s hockey starts exhibitions; The Ice Garden loves Wisconsin; Women’s soccer faces rival Marquette

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 02 Penn State at Wisconsin Photo by Lawrence Iles/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome to The Field House Chronicles, where we look at the goings on of the wide world of Badger sports. We almost called it “The Field House / Kohl / LaBahn / Goodman / Porter / McClimon / Nielson / URidge Chronicles,” but it maxes out the character limit. Take a look as we highlight the happenings of UW sports that are not football or men’s basketball.

Volleyball

The No. 5 Wisconsin volleyball team begins the season this weekend in the Big Ten / ACC challenge in Chapel Hill, NC.

Dana Rettke and company start with Florida State 2:30 p.m. on Friday, and they wrap up against North Carolina on 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Men’s Soccer

Heading into the season opener against UC Davis this Friday at 7pm, the Big Ten coaches selected Wisconsin to finish fifth out of nine teams this season. Indiana, the defending league champs, are expected to repeat in 2019. Also, Rutgers was picked to finish last.

The coaches also nominated three Badgers for preseason honors:
Dean Cowdroy (GK, Sr.)
Noah Leibold (M, Sr.)
Robin Olofsson (D, Sr.)

For context, each team has three nominees, so this only really helps us understand who are the most respected Badgers and not how they compare with other Big Ten soccer players.

After taking on UC Davis, the Badgers face UAB 7 p.m. Sunday.

No. 16 Women’s Soccer

The Badgers take on Marquette in Madison today at 7 p.m., and then it will go up against Butler at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both games will be at the McClimon Complex in Madison.

Men’s Hockey

Men’s hockey will take on the British Columbia Thunderbirds in a pair of exhibition games in Vancouver, BC. The first game is Friday night at 9 p.m, and the second game is Sunday at 5 p.m.

Women’s Hockey

Our friends over at The Ice Garden annually count down the top 25 women’s hockey players under 25, and you are right to assume a ton of Badgers made the list.

1. Annie Pankowski (2014-2019)
9. Sarah Nurse (2013-2017)
10. Daryl Watts (Junior)
16. Emily Clark (2014-2019)
21. Sophie Shirley (Sophomore)