SoCon Announces Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll and All-Conference Team

Posted by Press Release on August 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced its preseason coaches poll today, August 8, along with the preseason all-conference team. Elon was selected sixth in the poll, while sophomore goalie Kate Murphy picked up preseason all-league honors.

Murphy had a solid rookie season in 2011, going 6-5-1 overall (5-1-1 in SoCon play) with a .80 goals against average. Murphy ended the season with three shutouts and 52 saves.

Samford was selected as the preseason favorite with 120 points and 10 first-place votes. The Bulldogs were followed by College of Charleston, Furman, UNCG, Davidson, Elon, Georgia Southern, Western Carolina, The Citadel, Appalachian State, Wofford and Chattanooga.

Elon begins the 2012 season at home on August 17 when it hosts Cincinnati at Rudd Field.

   2012 Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
   1. Samford (10)                         120
   2. College of Charleston (1)            106
   3. Furman (1)                            97
   4. UNCG                                  88
   5. Davidson                              80
   6. Elon                                  77
   7. Georgia Southern                      53
   8. Western Carolina                      50
   9. The Citadel                           44
  10. Appalachian State                     37
  11. Wofford                               28
  12. Chattanooga                           12
        () denotes first-place votes

    2012 Women’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team
    F       Vanessa Aponte, The Citadel
    F       Becca Fisher, Davidson
    F       Martha Hall, Furman
    F       Becca Smith, Chattanooga
    MF      Sarah Schaidle, College of Charleston
    MF      Mariana Garcia, The Citadel
    MF      Michelle Moll, Samford
    D       Ali Simpson, Furman
    D       Cat Barnekow, UNCG
    D       Sabbath McKiernan-Allen, Samford
    GK      Kate Murphy, Elon

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