Women's Soccer Picked 6th by IIAC Coaches Poll
Aug 16, 2017
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The University of Dubuque women's soccer team was selected to finish tied for sixth in the 2017 Iowa Conference season by the coaches pre-season poll. UD finished with 29 points after finishing 6-10-1 overall last season and 2-6 in the IIAC.
The Spartans will look to underclassmen to step up and provide the experience in 2017. UD returns just one honorable mention All-Iowa Conference and will look to Lauren Cangelosi for some offense, she returns after finishing with 13 points last season. Alexa Martin started 14 games and returns as a key defender along with Megal Moll in goal who ended 2016 with 67 saves and four shutouts. Injuries left the Spartan squad sparse for back-ups last season, a great pool of newcomers should solidify the 2017 squad when they begin on Friday, Sept. 1 at home against the UW-La Crosse Eagles at 6:00 p.m.
“I expect this to be another tough year in the IIAC," said coach Jason Berna. "Several teams will have the talent to compete for a conference championship. I am excited with the girls we have coming back and the girls coming in that we will have a strong group to try and win our program’s second conference title."
The top six teams qualify for the 2017 tournament which begins on Saturday, October 28 with the 4/5 seeds and the 3/6 seeds meeting at the higher seeded home field. The winners of the opening round games will face the 1 and 2 seeds on Wednesday, November 1. The semifinal winners will face-off on Saturday, November 4 for the tournament title and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
|2017 IIAC Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll|
|Rank||School (1st place votes)||Points||2016 Record|
|1.||Loras (5)||56||12-4-3, 6-0-2 IIAC (IIAC Regular Season Co-Champion)|
|2.||Wartburg (1)||55||10-5-4, 5-2-1 IIAC|
|3.||Luther (2)||48||13-3-3, 6-0-2 IIAC (IIAC Regular Season Co-Champion, IIAC Tournament Champion)|
|4.||Central||46||15-4-1, 6-2 IIAC|
|5.||Coe||36||11-7-2, 4-4 IIAC|
|T6.||Dubuque||29||6-10-1, 2-6 IIAC|
|T6.||Nebraska Wesleyan (1)||29||7-11-1, 2-5-1 IIAC|
|8.||Simpson||16||3-11-3, 2-6 IIAC|
|9.||Buena Vista||9||3-13-1, 0-8 IIAC|