Former Wisconsin women's hockey defenseman Molly Engstrom has been named to the 2005-06 U.S. women's national team, which will play 11 games in the United States in preparation for the Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. That includes two matchups versus a Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Star team headed up by Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson.
Engstrom recently competed in the 2005 USA Hockey National Women's Festival Aug. 18-24 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and was tabbed for the 22-member U.S. national team after that festival.
At Wisconsin Engstrom was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Year two straight years, was a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award finalist in 2004-05 and was a first-team All-American.
Chanda Gunn, who saw some playing time at Wisconsin as a goaltender in 1999-2000 season before taking a medical redshirt and then transferring to Northeastern, is also on the Team USA roster.
"We are excited with the talent assembled for our U.S. women's national team," said U.S. women's national and Olympic team head coach Ben Smith (Gloucester, Mass.). "The festival featured a deep pool of players and really highlighted the tremendous development of women's hockey in the United States."
Sanders on Butkus watch list
Wisconsin senior will linebacker Dontez Sanders is on the 2005 Butkus Award watch list. The award goes to the nation's best linebacker.
Sanders started 12 games last year and had a team-high 76 tackles, earning 2004 consensus honorable mention all-conference honors.
Women's soccer wins opener at Creighton
The Wisconsin women's soccer team defeated Creighton 2-0 Friday in Omaha, Neb., to win its season opener.
Wisconsin senior midfielder/forward Amy Vermeulen and midfielder/forward freshman Elise Weber notched Wisconsin's goals.
"Our goal was to get the shutout," Wisconsin coach Dean Duerst said. "Creighton is a very good team and they will do well. We started out in a flash and it was a very physical game. Our girls battled well."
Wisconsin took an early 1-0 lead, thanks to a goal from Vermeulen 6:38 into the game. Wisconsin held Creighton at bay into the second half, and added a second goal from Weber at 59:09.
Wisconsin (1-0) outshot Creighton (0-1) 21-10, including a team-high eight shots from Vermeulen. Creighton, though, held a 7-6 advantage on corner kicks.
Badger sophomore goalkeeper Lynn Murray had three saves in her first win this season. The Badgers, ranked No. 25 in NSCAA/adidas preseason poll, were the first ranked team to face Creighton on their field, which was built in 2003.
Wisconsin next travels to Topeka, Kan., to play No. 23 Kansas Sunday.
Men's soccer player named to top 100 freshman list
Wisconsin midfielder Kenny Dix has been named to College Soccer News' list of the top 100 freshmen to watch in the United States.
Dix saw some time on the field in Wisconsin's exhibition win over the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Aug. 20.
Wisconsin opens its season Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. against UNLV in Madison as part of the Big Toe Soccer Invitational.