BY MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS
(LEBANON, Ill., Aug. 28)- The McKendree University women’s soccer team has been picked to finish 11th out of 16 schools in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) in 2014. The league’s annual pre-season poll was released Thursday by the GLVC office in Indianapolis.
The poll was voted on by the 16 head women’s soccer coaches in the GLVC, and the Bearcats received 97 votes, trailing 10th place Lewis University by 14 points for a spot in the top 10. Three teams received first place votes, led by preseason favorite and No. 13 Quincy University with 14, followed by second place Truman State University and third place Rockhurst University both earning one first place vote.
McKendree earned a GLVC postseason berth for the first time in program history last season after posting a 7-6-6 record overall. Head coach Tim Strange is entering his 17th season as head women’s soccer coach for the Bearcats and returns six starters and 12 letterwinners, including three of their top five scorers, from last season.
“We’re in our third year in the GLVC and have improved every year,” said Strange. “We qualified for the conference tournament last season and lost a close game in the opening round. We want to take that next step and I believe we have the group to do that this season.”
McKendree opens the season in Florence, Ala., at University of North Alabama on Thursday, Sep. 4 at 7 p.m., before returning for its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 6 against Hannibal-LaGrange University at 4 p.m.
2014 GLVC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll