Women's soccer coach fired

NU announced Monday that women's soccer coach Stephanie Foster will not have her contract renewed, after a 2-16-1 season, the lowlights of which included a 6-0 loss to Stanford and a 6-1 loss to Iowa.

Foster is a decorated NU alum, who graduated in 1998 as the program's all-time leader in goals and points. (She was passed up by 2007 graduate Kelly Hans). She took over the reins as head coach in 2006 after Jenny Haigh resigned in the wake of a hazing scandal. In Foster's six years, she went 42-62-13 overall, 20-35-6 in the Big Ten, never reaching the NCAA tournament and never finishing higher than fifth in the conference.

The Wildcats had a pretty young roster this year, with five freshmen and two sophomores regularly in the starting lineup, and it showed on the field, as they were outscored 44-14 on the season. The season before, NU was briefly ranked after upsetting powerhouse UCLA and starting off the season 2-0-1, but it was all pretty much downhill after that.

NU said it would begin a national search for her replacement. Whoever comes on board will be taking over a program that hasn't exactly been stellar, with just three winning seasons since its last NCAA tournament appearance in 1998, two of those under Foster.

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