A-Sun Announces Preseason Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – With the start of the 2011 women's soccer just over two weeks away, the Atlantic Sun has announced its preseason coaches' poll as well as the preseason all-conference team. USC Upstate was tabbed 10th in the poll released today by the conference office in Macon, Ga.
The Spartans look to improve on last season's success under now second year head coach Renee Lopez. A season ago, the Spartans posted their highest A-Sun points total while earning a pair of double-overtime draws against A-Sun Champion Florida Gulf Coast and A-Sun tournament participant Stetson.
"We made strides last year in close games with FGCU, Stetson, ETSU and Mercer," said Lopez. "We have some great additions to our team with our 2011 recruiting class. These players will add much needed depth, especially in our offense that can help us in important A-Sun games."
FGCU was tabbed to repeat as regular season champions with six first-place votes and 96 total points. The Eagles were also picked to win the conference tournament with six of 11 votes.
Jacksonville was picked second with 83 points and collected one first-place vote, with Mercer following in third with 80 votes and one first-place vote. Kennesaw State picked up the final two first-place votes and was selected fourth with 79 votes.
North Florida (54 points) was predicted fifth while Stetson (47) and Belmont (44) followed in sixth and seventh, respectively. ETSU (37), Lipscomb (17) and Upstate (13) rounded out the 2011 preseason poll.
KC Correllus was chosen as both Preseason Player and Defensive Player of the Year. The FGCU Defender claimed both postseason awards last season.
The Spartans kick-off the 2011 season with an exhibition against Spartanburg Methodist College on Aug. 16th at 6 p.m.
Preseason Player of the Year: KC Correllus, FGCU
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: KC Correllus, FGCU
Preseason All-Atlantic Sun Team
Pos. Name School CL
GK Stephanie Powers FGCU Sr.
*D KC Correllus FGCU Sr.
D Gretchen Sutch Belmont Sr.
D Alexis Hermosa Stetson Sr.
*MF Olivia Tucker Mercer Sr.
MF Liz Fink Jacksonville Sr.
MF Jessica Hurtado Jacksonville Sr.
MF Olivia Elias FGCU Sr.
*F Lauren Hopfensperger North Florida Sr.
F Brittany Vining Kennesaw State Sr.
F Alyssa Mahan Kennesaw State So.
*- Unanimous Choice
Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches Poll
Pl. Team (1st Place Votes) Points
- FGCU (6) 96
- Jacksonville (1) 83
- Mercer (1) 80
- Kennesaw State (2) 79
- North Florida 54
- Stetson 47
- Belmont 44
- ETSU 37
- Lipscomb 17
- USC Upstate 13
Predicted 2011 Tournament Champions: FGCU (6 votes)