Ladies Soccer Selected Ninth in Preseason ASC Poll
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
RICHARDSON, Texas -- The Centenary women's soccer team was recently selected to finish ninth in the American Southwest Conference, while defending NCAA Division III national champion Hardin-Simmons was predicted to win its ninth consecutive and 14th overall ASC women's soccer title, announced by the ASC office after a vote by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

Taking preseason player of the year honors were HSU's Katie Kuykendall and Brittany Vacca.

Hardin-Simmons, which went 24-0-1 overall (13-0 ASC) last season, totaled 449 points and received all but one of the possible 30 first-place votes to be the favorite in the annual preseason poll.

Texas-Tyler (14-5, 11-2 ASC) was picked to finish as the runner-up with 414 points. Head coach Stefani Webb's Patriots reached the conference title game last season. Two-time ASC champion Texas-Dallas (12-6-2, 10-2-1 ASC) was the choice for third place with 394 points and the other first-place vote. Mississippi College (8-4-1, 12-5-2 ASC) received 341 points to be the fourth-place pick.

Howard Payne (11-5-3, 8-3-2 ASC) totaled 319 points to be in the fifth position and Concordia Texas (10-6-3, 7-4-2 ASC) had 287 points to round out what would be the league's six teams to qualify for the ASC Championship Tournament.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (258 pts.) was picked to finish seventh, followed by East Texas Baptist (235 pts.), new league member Centenary (219 pts.) and Texas Lutheran (183 pts.) to conclude the top 10 spots. Schreiner (162 pts.) was eleventh, followed by LeTourneau (126 pts.), McMurry (91 pts.), Ozarks (70 pts.) and Louisiana College (53 pts.).

The 2011 ASC season - the 16th in league history - begins as early as September 1.

2011 ASC PRESEASON WOMEN'S SOCCER POLL
[Voted on by ASC Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors]

    Team (first place votes)         Points           2010 Record
1. Hardin-Simmons (29)   449                24-0-1, 13-0 ASC (1st)
2. Texas-Tyler                    414                14-5, 11-2 ASC (2nd)
3. Texas-Dallas (1)            394                12-6-2, 10-2-1 ASC (3rd)
4. Mississippi College        341                12-5-2, 8-4-1 ASC (5th)
5. Howard Payne               319                11-5-3, 8-3-2 ASC (4th)
6. Concordia Texas            287               10-6-3, 7-4-2 ASC (6th)
7. Mary Hardin-Baylor      258                8-8-1, 7-5-1 ASC (7th)
8. East Texas Baptist         235                 6-8-1, 6-5-1 ASC (8th)
9. Centenary                      219                4-14, 1-8 Summit League (9th)
10. Texas Lutheran           183                 7-11, 5-8 ASC (T9th)
11. Schreiner                     162                 6-12, 5-8 ASC (T9th)
12. LeTourneau                126                  2-15-1, 2-10-1 ASC (11th)
13. McMurry                      91                   2-15, 2-11 ASC (12th)
14. Ozarks                          70                   0-17-2, 0-11-2 ASC (13th)
15. Louisiana College       53                    0-17-1, 0-10-1 ASC (14th)