Women's Soccer: Panthers picked eighth in preseason USA South poll

Women's Soccer: Panthers picked eighth in preseason USA South poll

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) – Christopher Newport University was picked in the preseason coaches' poll to win the USA South Athletic Conference women's soccer title in 2012. The Captains are the three-time defending USA South Regular Season Champions. Last season's regular season crown was the program's seventh in the last ten years. CNU advanced to last fall's USA South Tournament final but was defeated by Shenandoah University.

The 2012 season marks the first in the USA South for new Conference members LaGrange College, Maryville College and Piedmont College. Each institution is a former member of the Great South Athletic Conference.

The Panthers are picked eighth in the preseason poll. The Panthers were 6-12-3 last season and reached the championship game of the Great South Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.

"I think it is a fair assessment of the three of us as new teams coming into the conference," said fourth-year head coach Jim Robbins. "I think it is a fair placement of us and it will be a good challenge to see if we can move up the table and see if we can finish four or five. Obviously we have to earn it on the field."

Christopher Newport received nine of 12 first place votes (119 points) as head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting.

Averett University finished second in the balloting with 110 points and the remaining three first place votes. Newcomers Maryville and Piedmont came in at third and fourth in the poll with 95 and 90 points, respectfully. Rounding out the top-half of the ranking was Greensboro College with 82 points.

The women's soccer regular season gets underway on Friday, August 31 as six teams are in action. The Panthers host Florida College in their 2012 season opener at 5:30 p.m. at Panther Field.

The USA South Tournament will once again head to Martinsville, Virginia as the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority will host the 2012 Men's and Women's Soccer semifinals and finals. The contests will be held at the Smith River Sports Complex on November 2 and 3. The first round games of the tournaments will continue to be held on the campuses of the higher seeded team and will take place on Saturday, October 27. The top-eight seeded teams after the conclusion of regular season competition will advance to the tournament.

2012 USA South Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1.

Christopher Newport (9)

119

2.

Averett (3)

110

3.

Maryville

95

4.

Piedmont

90

5.

Greensboro

82

6.

Meredith

71

7.

Methodist

65

8.

LaGrange

49

9.

Ferrum

48

10.

N.C. Wesleyan

31

t-11.

Mary Baldwin

16

t-11.

William Peace

16