Soccer’s Knight and Schumann named to All-WIAC First Team

Ally Gwidt, Assistant Sports Editor

Of the 208 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer athletes, UW Oshkosh sophomores Mallory Knight and Tory Schumann were among 22 players named to the 2018 All-WIAC First Team.

The first-time all-conference award winners aided the Titans to their sixth-place conference finish with a record of 3-4 and an overall record of 7-11-1.

Knight, who was one of nine forwards selected for the first team recognition, led the Titans in goals scored this season with seven of UWO’s 23 goals.

The Neosho native also piloted the Titans with 16 points and 29 shots on goals in 18 matches, including 17 as a starter.

Knight said being only one of eight sophomores to be selected for the all-league recognition was a bit surprising.

“It is a huge honor that I was not expecting,” Knight said. “A lot of the girls on this team worked really hard and definitely deserved it as well, so I feel really lucky to have been chosen as a sophomore.”

Schumann was only one of five defenders named amongst the WIAC’s finest a statement that she said she still can’t believe.

“It feels amazing to be one of five defenders to get this award,” Schumann said. “I was in shock when I found out, and it is truly incredible.”

Schumann appeared in all 19 of this season’s matches, including eight as a starter. She defended the Titans to five shutouts and managed to record one goal in a 2-0 victory over UW-Whitewater on Oct. 3.

Schumann said this achievement is dedicated to the time and effort she and her teammates gave this season.

“It was a lot of hard work from me and my teammates,” Schumann said. “You get out what you put in and with the help of them, I was able to do my job on the field.”

Head coach Erin Coppernoll said Knight and Schumann’s consistent performances this year allowed them to be recognized as all-conference players.

“They both deserved it and it is a great honor for them,” Coppernoll said. “They exhibit outstanding play day in and day out, and I really look forward to having them for two more years.”

For the second consecutive season, UW-La Crosse captured both of the WIAC’s highest individual recognitions as senior midfielder Margaret Harings and senior midfielder Maya Schmitt earned Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.

UW-La Crosse finished first in the WIAC standings with a 6-0-1 record while UW-Stevens Point completed their season second in conference with a 5-0-2 record. Following the Pointers in the standings was UW-Eau Claire in third with 4-2-1, UW-Whitewater fourth with 3-4, UW-Platteville fifth with 3-4, UWO sixth with 3-4, UW-River Falls seventh with 2-5 and UW-Stout eighth with 0-7.