Badger Sports Roundup, Aug. 29

Women's soccer undefeated; Badgers help in Team USA wins; Butler places 12th at Olympics; new assistant rowing coach hired

Women's soccer sweeps opening weekend

The women's soccer team picked up two dominating wins at the Kentucky Invitational Aug. 27-29 in Lexington, Ky.

Friday, the Badgers defeated Ohio University 6-0, as sophomore midfielder Kara Kabellis and junior midfielder/forward Amy Vermeulen notched two goals apiece. Sophomore midfielder/forward Allison Preiss and junior midfielder/forward Katy Lindenmuth scored the other two goals. The defense stymied the Bobcats, allowing only one shot on goal, which freshman goaltender Lynn Murray saved.

Against Kentucky, Murray allowed one goal but contributed six saves as Wisconsin defeated the Wildcats 3-1 Sunday afternoon with the help of familiar faces. Lindenmuth earned her second goal in the first period and Kabellis scored her third goal of the season early in the second period. Junior midfielder/forward Marisa Brown notched Wisconsin's final goal of the tournament. The Badgers, who went 2-0, picked up nine goals and posted a plus-eight goal differential but placed second in the invite, behind No. 15 West Virginia. West Virginia had the same goal differential and record but won the tiebreaker after tallying 10 goals.

U.S. takes U-22 series

The United States Under-22 women's hockey team defeated Canada's U-22 squad each time the teams met during the three-game series Aug. 25-28, with the assistance of four current Badgers. Team USA defeated Canada 3-1 Aug. 25, 4-2 Aug. 26 and 3-2 Aug. 28. Sophomore forward Meaghan Mikkleson suited up for Team Canada and, over three games, grabbed one assist.

For Team USA, junior goalie Meghan Horras collected 30 saves on 32 shots while senior defenseman Molly Engstrom added three assists. Sophomore forward Lindsay Macy also played for Team USA.

Former UW runner finishes 12th at Olympics

Kathy Butler, a distance runner at UW from 1994-97, placed 12th in the 10,000-meter race at the Olympic Games Aug. 27. Butler, competing with Great Britain, finished in 31:41.13 while China's Huina Xing won in 30:24.36.

Butler will be inducted into the UW Athletic Hall of Fame Sept. 3 after winning three consecutive national outdoor titles in the 3,000 meters and five NCAA championships, including the 1995 NCAA cross country championship.

Badgers hire men's rowing assistant

Eric Mueller, a former Wisconsin rower, has been hired as an assistant and will coach the freshmen. Head coach Chris Clark made the announcement Aug. 25. Mueller will replace Scott Alwin, who recently departed the program, and begins work immediately.

Mueller coached at Wisconsin in 1998-99 as an assistant varsity coach before he left to prepare for the 2000 Olympic Games, where he placed fifth in the men's four. He worked with the Badgers' small boats and helped guide them to four gold medals and one silver medal at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championships.

As a Badger, Mueller competed with the varsity eight boat from 1991-93; during this time, his boats twice placed ninth and once took sixth at the NCAA championships. After graduation in 1994, he competed at the 1996 Olympic Games, where he won a silver medal in the quadruple sculls. He also participated on the first-place men's eight boat at the 2002 World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.

"We are very pleased to have Eric," Clark said. "Apart from being an alumni and having coached here, he's a double Olympian. He comes fully qualified with loads of rowing experience, plus the coaching experience of having been here already. I'm very excited."

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