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Soccer Selected as Top Pick in Preseason Poll

Meredith College soccer team huddle

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The Meredith College women's soccer team received four first-place votes in the USA South East Division Coaches Preseason Poll to claim a share of the top pick with new division member Salem College. Salem, a member of the West last year, received three first-place votes, and the Methodist Monarchs garnered one.

The 2016 reigning champion Piedmont Lions claimed the top rank in the league's West Division with Maryville College and Covenant following in second and third.

The Avenging Angels collected a third consecutive regular season championship last fall with a 12-6 overall record, and the Salem Spirits finished 18-2-1 to earn the title in the West.

With 16-year Head Coach Paul Smith at the helm, Meredith opens the season with back-to-back home tournaments beginning September 1 versus Sewanee. The Angels face off with Greensboro September 23 to kickoff the conference campaign.

Each divisional preseason poll only includes votes from coaches within that particular division, and head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting. This is the first season that the conference will split into divisions in the sport of women's soccer as the conference welcomes new league members Berea College, Brevard College, and Pfeiffer University. Berea will be the only one of the three to function as a full member, while Brevard and Pfeiffer will not be included in polls, conference schedules, championships, and athletic recognitions as they both reclassify from Division II.

The 2017 USA South Women's Soccer Tournament will once again be conducted exclusively on campus sites beginning with divisional playoffs October 25. The top-six teams from each division will advance to the tournament.

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2017 USA South Women's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll
West Division

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1.

Piedmont (6)

48

2.

Maryville (1)

41

3.

Covenant (1)

39

4.

Agnes Scott

28

5.

Huntingdon

27

6.

LaGrange

18

7.

Berea

12

8.

Wesleyan

11

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*Brevard

-

*Ineligible for USA South Championship
(Div. III Reclassifying Member)

2017 USA South Women's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll
East Division

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

t-1.

Meredith (4)

44

t-1.

Salem (3)

44

3.

Methodist (1)

38

4.

Ferrum

29

5.

N.C. Wesleyan

27

6.

Averett

19

7.

Greensboro

16

8.

William Peace

7

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*Pfeiffer

-

*Ineligible for USA South Championship
(Div. III Reclassifying Member)