Ring, Hohlbein earn academic honors
Before netting a game-winner Thursday, Jessica Ring reaped a regional honor. Ring, a junior defender on Wisconsin's women's soccer team, was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District V team Thursday morning. That evening she notched the game-winning goal in the Badgers improbable 4-3 shootout victory over top-seed Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal at the McClimon Complex in Madison.
Joining Ring on the academic all-district team was Jed Hohlbein, a junior forward on Wisconsin's men's soccer team. Hohlbein, who majors in geography, is in his first year with Wisconsin after transferring from Southwest Missouri State. The Middleton, Wis., native leads the Badgers in scoring with nine goals and four assists for 22 points. He has played in and started 18 games this season.
Ring hails from Rockford, Ill. and is double-majoring in criminal justice and legal studies. Prior to last night's heroics, her stat line read two assists in 12 games.
Ring and Hohlbein are now on the ballot for the 2003 CoSIDA Academic All-America teams to be announced Tuesday, Nov. 25.
U.S. bests Canada at Four Nations Cup
Katie King and Natalie Darwitz tallied goals Thursday as the U.S. Select Team defeated Team Canada 2-0 in round-robin play at the Four Nations Cup tournament in Skovde, Sweden.
Wisconsin junior defenseman Carla MacLeod is a member of Team Canada, which is now 1-1 in the tournament, with its final round-robin game scheduled for 10 a.m. (CST) against Finland (0-2).
The U.S. moved to 2-0 in tournament play, benefiting from King's second period goal and a third period, short-handed score from Darwitz, who is a sophomore forward for the University of Minnesota. Brown University's Pam Dreyer had 27 saves for Team USA.
Team USA concludes its round robin play Saturday against Sweden (1-1). The U.S. is virtually assured a spot in Sunday's gold medal game and could face a rematch with Team Canada in the final.