Sept. 1, 1999
KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's women's soccer team opens regular-season play at the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa, hosted by Iowa State University. WMU will face the host Cyclones on Sept. 3 before taking on Loyola-Chicago to conclude tourney action.
In exhibition play on Sunday (Aug. 29), WMU defeated Olivet College, 7-0, in the squad's only exhibition action of the preseason. Senior Brandi Buschhausen and newcomer Kersten Conklin collected two goals apiece in the offensive explosion. Freshman Amber Scyphers chipped in a pair of assists to aid in the scoring department. The Bronco pressure was also able to force two Comet defensive miscues, which developed into two Olivet own goals.
Six members of the 1999 squad comprise the fourth-year program's first-ever senior class. Jennifer Haller, Katie Markey, Angela Pandoff, Hollie Bonnema, Shelley Mayer and Kerri Verardi have all helped to lay the foundation for a successful program. This group has compiled numerous individual accolades, earned a total of 17 letters, established several school records and will be key in the team's success this season.
Senior midfielder Katie Markey, already in possession of 16 statistical records at WMU, returns for her final season poised to distance herself even further from her nearest competition. A two-time All-Mid-American Conference honoree, Markey is the all-time leader in career goals (18), career game-winning goals (6), career shots (183) and shots in a season (88).
First Team All-MAC selection Jennifer Haller is back to anchor the Bronco defense in 1999. A three-year letterwinner, Haller is the WMU record holder in every goalkeeping statistical category. The Grand Haven, Mich., native started every contest last season, compiling a 1.54 goals-against-average in the process. Haller is the only Bronco to ever earn the MAC's Defensive Player of the Week honor (Sept. 2, 1997).
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