INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team is projected to finish second in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Coaches' Poll presented by Under Armour, the conference announced Friday.
The Panthers accrued 134 points and four first place votes which trailed only defending champion Ohio Valley who totaled 139 points and eight first place votes. Walsh received the last first place vote as they accounted for 120 points to place third. Cedarville (107) and Ursuline (93) round out the top five while Trevecca Nazarene just trailed Ursuline (91).
Rounding out the preseason rankings was Tiffin (69), Findlay (66), Kentucky Wesleyan (62), Lake Erie (48), Malone (39), Davis & Elkins (28) and Alderson Broaddus (18).
The Panthers return 20 athletes and bring in 13 more to a team that went 16-5-2 overall and 11-2-1 in the conference. Ohio Dominican finished second in the conference a year ago and notched their second NCAA Tournament appearance in four years.
Coming back to lead the offense for the women's soccer program is junior Becca Gordon (Johnstown Ohio) and sophomore Samantha Buck (Reynoldsburg, Ohio). Gordon was third on the team a year ago with nine goals and 21 points while Buck had five goals and led the team with seven assists.
Leading the defense will be senior goalkeeper Marissa Wierzbicki (Powell, Ohio) and Lindsay Buten (Cincinnati, Ohio) who were both first team all-conference athletes a year ago and helped lead a defense to nine shutouts a year ago.
The Panthers women's soccer program opens their 2018 season with four straight home games starting with Saginaw Valley on Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. Ohio Dominican opens their conference schedule with a home matchup against Malone on Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Great Midwest Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll presented by Under Armour (Friday, Aug. 17)
- Ohio Valley (8) - 139
- Ohio Dominican (4) - 134
- Walsh (1) - 120
- Cedarville - 107
- Ursuline - 93
- Trevecca - 91
- Tiffin - 69
- Findlay - 66
- Kentucky Wesleyan 62
- Lake Erie - 48
- Malone - 39
- Davis & Elkins - 28
- Alderson Broaddus - 18
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