Alverno College Soccer: 2017 Season Outlook

2017 Alverno College Soccer Team

The 2017 Alverno College soccer team looks to build on last season's early success and keep moving up the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference standings.

Second-year head coach Lisa Waltz' squad is comprised of seven returners and 12 newcomers.

"The returners have been awesome leaders for the freshmen and transfers," said Waltz. "They've set the tone right from the beginning -- they all came in shape, which is huge."

Last season, the Inferno had the best start in program history with a 5-1 record through six games and moved up two spots to a ninth-place finish in the NACC. Alverno looks to continue its rise in the league this year with hard work on the field.

"When you're stepping on the field you're representing Alverno" added Waltz. "You're representing this team. Whenever you step on the field you have to give your best, step up, play to the best of your ability and work hard."

The Inferno opens the season Friday, September 1 versus Crown College of Minnesota at the Mount Mary University Invitational at 5 p.m. followed on Saturday versus North Central University at 12:30 p.m.

The home opener is slated for Saturday, September 9 versus visiting Maranatha Baptist University at 2:30 p.m.

Alverno Soccer Season Outlook Interview with Coach Lisa Waltz

Returners:
Andrea Binkley, Sr., M/F, Hinckley, Ill./Hinckley-Big Rock
Lauren Fischer, Sr., D, Oak Creek, Wis./Oak Creek
Alex Bonikowske, Jr., D, Greenville, Wis./Hortonville
Lauren Gambill, Jr., F, Milwaukee, Wis./Pius XI
Delainey Smith, Jr., D/F, Salem, Wis./Westosha Central
Allison Weick, Jr., GK/D, Monroe, Mich./Jefferson
Rikki Nelson, So., D/F, Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer

Newcomers:
Martha Maldonado, Jr., M, Milwaukee, Wis./Bradley Tech/MATC
Kiara Calmese, Fr., D/M, Milwaukee, Wis./School of Languages
Tara Crews, Fr., D, Philadelphia, Pa./Mercy
Aimee Espino, Fr., D, Milwaukee, Wis./Greenfield
Gloria Esquivel, Fr., D/M, Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King
Cynthia Nunez, Fr., D, Milwaukee, Wis./Audubon
Crystal Prieto, Fr., F/M, Kenosha, Wis./Indian Trail
Julissa Rodriguez, Fr., D, Berwyn, Ill./Riverside Brookfield
Alejandra Salinas, Fr., M, Milwaukee, Wis./Brookfield Academy
Becca Skrobis, Fr., F, Oak Creek, Wis./Oak Creek
Shoua Vang, Fr., F, Milwaukee, Wis./Riverside
Sunshine Xiong, Fr., M, Milwaukee, Wis./Marshall

2017 Season Opener: Friday, September 1 vs. Crown College (Minn.) at Mount Mary Invitational Tournament

2017 NACC Preseason Poll: Picked 10th

2016 Record: 5-12, 1-9 NACC (9th)