Ranger of the Week: Ally Francisco

Junior tallies her first career goal as Parkside women's soccer team blanks Purdue Northwest


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Athletics Department is committed to a balanced student-athlete experience that develops future leaders and active community members. As the only NCAA Division II member in the state of Wisconsin, we strive to live the “Life in the Balance” philosophy by promoting academic excellence, athletic success, and community engagement to ensure personal growth and development.

The Parkside women’s soccer team traveled to Hammond, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 1, to take on Purdue Northwest. The Rangers offense was in complete control from beginning to end, defeating the Pride, 3-0. Helping lead the Rangers to victory was junior Ally Francisco, our Kenosha.com Ranger of the Week.

Francisco scored her first career goal in Saturday’s win. The junior from Ada, Mich., recently moved from a defensive role and now sees time as a forward, as she presents more of a threat to opponents up top. Francisco is a double major in Economics and Marketing at Parkside.

Lifelong soccer player

Francisco started playing soccer at three years old when she joined a league with her preschool friends. Her inspiration to start playing soccer was her older brother, who went on to play Division III soccer at Hope College. Francisco also grew up playing with current teammate Chloe Grooters, as they were on club and high school teams together throughout their careers.

Why Parkside?

Francisco chose to attend Parkside because of the campus’ location near Lake Michigan and the job opportunities that were presented between Chicago and Milwaukee. She also chose Parkside for the opportunity to compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Her hometown is near several GLIAC schools, which has allowed her parents to never miss a game.

Up next for the Rangers

The Rangers return home on Friday (Oct. 7) to face Saginaw Valley State. Kickoff is scheduled to begin at noon at Wood Road Field. For more information, visit parksiderangers.com.