Women’s Soccer Team Picked to Finish Fifth in MIAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Calvin women’s soccer team has been picked to finish fifth in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll released this afternoon. Defending MIAA regular season champion Adrian has been picked to repeat as league champion while defending MIAA Tournament champion Alma has been picked second.
Kalamazoo is picked to finish third followed by Hope in fourth, Calvin in fifth, Saint Mary’s in sixth, Trine in seventh, Olivet in eighth and Albion in ninth. Adrian received seven of a possible nine first place votes while Alma and Hope both received one first place vote apiece.
A year ago, Calvin finished 10-10-0 overall and 10-6-0 in league play which was good for a tie for fourth place in the league standings.
Calvin brings back a large group of returning letterwinners including seniors Liz Cancel and Francesca Smith who were both named to the 2011 All-MIAA first team.
Calvin will open its season on September 4 at home against Wheaton (IL) - the 2011 national runner-up with the opening kickoff set for 4 p.m.
2012 MIAA Women’s Soccer Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis):
1. Adrian (7) 9 pts.
2. Alma (1) 18.
3. Kalamazoo 27.
4. Hope (1) 28.
5. Calvin 29.
6. Saint Mary’s 45.
7. Trine 51.
8. Olivet 53.
9. Albion 64.