-- The Northern Athletics Conference
announced its 2011 women's soccer preseason coaches' poll and the
Concordia University Wisconsin women's soccer program was chosen
fifth overall. Five-time defending champion, Aurora University, was
first after receiving 11-of-13 first-place votes and 161
The Falcons finished last season with an 11-9-1 overall record and a 7-4-1 NAC record. CUW earned the fifth seed in the conference tournament last year and knocked off MSOE, 1-0, in the opening round of the conference tournament after junior Lauren Straehler's (Pewaukee, Wis.) scored on a penalty kick in the opening minute.
CUW's season begins with a non-conference match on Thursday, Sept. 1, against UW-Whitewater at 3 p.m. at Fitting Field. The contest is the first part of a doubleheader with the men's program that hosts St. Norbert College 30 minutes following the conclusion of the match. There is free admission to all regular season games.
Dominican University (15-5-1, 10-1-1) was second in the poll with 150 points and a first-place vote, followed by Edgewood College (15-5-1, 9-3-0) in third with 142 and MSOE (11-7-2, 8-2-2) in fourth with 132 and the remaining first-place vote. CUW (11-9-1, 7-4-1) was picked fifth and Marian University (9-8-1, 7-4-1) sixth to finish up the top half of the poll. The full preseason poll is available below.
Teams open play on Sept. 1, 2 or 3, and the first conference games take place on Sept. 6. The winner of the conference tournament, which takes place Oct. 29, through Nov. 5, receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
2011 Northern Athletics Conference
Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Aurora (11), 161
2. Dominican (1), 150
3. Edgewood, 142
4. MSOE (1), 132
5. Concordia Wisconsin, 119
6. Marian, 102
7. Benedictine, 100
8. Maranatha, 75
9. Alverno, 57
10. Lakeland, 55
11. Wisconsin Lutheran, 44
12. Concordia Chicago, 33
13. Rockford, 13
first-place votes in parentheses
voted on by the conference's 13 head coaches
To view the complete NAC release, click here.