West Chester tops PSAC women's soccer preseason poll
After a run to the NCAA quarterfinals last season, West Chester was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women’s soccer preseason poll.
The Rams, who claimed seven of 17 first-place votes, are ranked No. 8 in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll. The 2017 PSAC runner-up return PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Year Julia Kirkpatrick and two other all-conference picks.
Four-time defending conference champion East Stroudsburg garnered six first-place votes and the second spot in the preseason rankings. The Warriors are ranked 14th in the United Soccer Coaches poll and advanced to the NCAA third round last season.
The final four first-place votes went to Kutztown, which was third in the poll, followed by Gannon, Slippery Rock, IUP, Seton Hill, Bloomsburg, Edinboro, Mercyhurst, Shippensburg, Clarion, Millersville, Lock Haven, Cal (Pa.), Pitt-Johnstown and Mansfield.