Women’s Soccer 2011 Season Preview

Women’s Soccer 2011 Season Preview

Click here to listen to the entire 2011 season preview podcast with women's soccer head coach Ryan Middendorf.

MEQUON, Wis. -- A combination of experience, leadership, and talent has CUW women's soccer head coach Ryan Middendorf more excited than nervous heading into the 2011 campaign.

Middendorf, entering his ninth season at the helm, added a slew of new faces to this year's roster including transfers Ashley Apazeller (West Bend West) from UW-Milwaukee and Laurin Herber (Warren, Ind.) from the University of St. Francis (Fort Wayne, Ind.).

On the offensive side of the ball, CUW shouldn't skip a beat with the return of the 5-foot-6 junior midfielder Lauren Straehler (Pewaukee, Wis.). As a sophomore, Straehler led the Falcons in points (34) and goals (16), which ranked in the top-10 among Northern Athletics Conference players.

A year ago the Falcons closed the regular season with four Northern Athletics Conference victories to finish with 11 wins - their 13th double-digit winning season in program history and seventh under Middendorf. CUW's 7-4-1 NAC record earned itself a fifth-seed, which they turned into an opening round 1-0 victory over MSOE. The Falcon season ended after a loss to NCAA qualifier Aurora University.

With a strong non-conference schedule featuring defending WIAC Co-Champion UW-Whitewater slated to open the Falcons season, this year's team is looking for another successful campaign. A benefit to CUW's conference portion of the schedule is that the Falcons will have home contests against NAC regular season and tournament champion Aurora University, while also hosting Edgewood College and MSOE- teams that finished above the Falcons a season ago in the standings.