Wisconsin Sweeps Final Big Ten Weekly Honors
Oct. 30, 2006
Offensive Player of the Week
Preiss led Wisconsin to its biggest win of the year as the Badgers closed out the regular season against Northwestern on Friday (Oct. 27). A loss against the Wildcats would have ended Wisconsin's season, but Preiss helped lead the Badger rally, scoring two goals and also adding an assist for five points in the match. With a 5-0 win, Wisconsin earned a berth in the Big Ten Tournament and a chance to defend their 2005 title.
The senior forward gave the Badgers an early lead in the 12th minute, notching her third goal of the year. Preiss put an exclamation point on the vital 5-0 victory with the team's final goal in the 84th minute of play. This marks Preiss' first-career weekly selection, giving Wisconsin its first Offensive Player of the Week award-winner since Amy Vermeulen on Sept. 13, 2004.
Defensive Player of the Week
The Badgers' senior goalkeeper made her seventh start of the year a memorable one, stifling the Northwestern offense to keep Wisconsin's postseason hopes alive in a 5-0 victory. Szczechowski earned her second shutout of the year, and made two saves to secure Wisconsin's No. 8 seed in the 2006 Big Ten Tournament.
The Plymouth, Mich., native earned her first Defensive Player of the Week honor, and becomes the first Badger to do so since Lynn Murray on Oct. 31, 2005.