UMD's Warrick and Wallace mystify the NSIC
UMD junior Jennifer Warrick, the 1999 NSIC Soccer Player of the Year, holds the school records for total points in a game (8), most shots on goal in a season (56), and consecutive games with a goal (6). She is currently second to Beth Byers in ca...
UMD junior Jennifer Warrick, the 1999 NSIC Soccer Player of the Year, holds the school records for total points in a game (8), most shots on goal in a season (56), and consecutive games with a goal (6). She is currently second to Beth Byers in career Bulldog goals with 38. Byers scored 41. She's also second in career points with 89. Byers scored 105. Warrick said that her record-setting career at UMD began by learning from Byers.
So it was fitting that on Saturday night the woman who learned so much from the person she's chasing in the record books, passed something along to the woman that will be chasing her, freshman phenom Cathy Wallace.
What she passed to Wallace was the soccer ball. What Wallace did was score her team leading 11th goal of the year with just over one minute left in UMD's game against Southwest State. It proved to be the game winner, as the Bulldogs scooted away with a 1-0 victory, and much more for the dangerous duo that has led UMD into the nation's Division II top ten for the first time.
"Byers was that person for me," said Warrick, who's assimilating into the teacher's role with ease. "You need to orient the new players, but with Cathy, I don't see it that way at all. She stepped on the field and she was my equal. It takes a lot of pressure off me to have this awesome freshman come in and put the ball in the net."
Warrick won't accept much responsibility for Wallace's success. The junior from Lino Lakes is quick to point out that Wallace is simply a gifted player with a bright future. But the freshman wunderkind from Bloomington is quick to give credit where credit's due.
"For me, it's just cool that I'll get to play with Jen for two years," said Wallace. "I'm learning from her, and that's why we can do what we do."
Rarely has a relationship between an upperclassman and a freshman been so synergistic, but to this tandem, there's no mystery as to why.
"As soon as he stuck us on the field together, it just came," said Warrick. "We trust each other."
That trust is a direct result of Warrick's teaching technique, which has had Wallace feeling like just another leader instead of like just another rookie.
"She treats me as an equal and I just feel at home playing with her," said Wallace. "It's felt so natural."
Which, oddly enough, is how Wallace is described by nearly everyone who watches her play.
"She such a difficult player for the other teams to control," said UMD head coach Greg Cane. "She and Jen just complement each other so well."
And the Bulldogs are reaping the rewards.