Club Alumni Kick-Start College Seasons With Impact Performances in Top 25 Action

Stars at Wisconsin, Marquette, and Notre Dame Leading the Way!

The middle of August is an exciting time of year for fans of college soccer, as the exhibition season concludes and "real" games begin ... and from August 22-24, FC Wisconsin Eclipse alumns led their teams to big season-opening victories for multiple Top 25 teams.

Marquette University kicked off their 2014 campaign with a 3-0 win over Loyola University (IL).  The game was scoreless until the 80th minute when Mady Vicker assisted on the opening and game-winning goal.  Marquette also featured two other starters from the club in defender Jacie Jermier and midfielder Mary Luba.  Loyola also featured a trio of alumns, with GK Monica Gonyo, and defenders Valerie Gonyo and Mariah Vichich.

The University of Wisconsin opened their season in style with a Cara Walls golden goal in overtime to claim a 1-0 victory over Pac-12 opponent University of Oregon.  As usual, the Badgers also got a dominant midfield performance for 90 minutes from McKenna Meuer.

Notre Dame had a thrilling come-from-behind 3-1 win over the University of Illinois, with Brittany Von Reuden providing the assist on the winning goal.

Former staff coach Hideki Nakada, now at Stanford University, also had a great opening weekend, as the Cardinal defeated perennial powerhouses University of North Carolina and Duke University to start the year undefeated.  (Club alum Mary Elizabeth Bender is a freshman at Duke but did not see action this weekend.)

There are a lot of players in top 25 college soccer from Wisconsin ... come to a training at FC Wisconsin Eclipse to see why!

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