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Angels Soccer Selected to Finish Third in USA South East

Angels soccer seen in action from behind the net

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College was selected to finish third in the USA South East Division as announced in the recent coaches poll. Head Coach Paul Smith, entering his 17th season with the Avenging Angels, will prepare his team for a fifth consecutive run at a Division title. All-State and All-Conference first team selection Kirstie King returns to lead the effort as a fourth-year Meredith defender.

Each divisional preseason poll only includes votes from coaches within that particular division-only. Head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting.

The defending tournament champion Methodist Monarchs led the East Division poll with 41 points. The 2017 co-Division Regular Season Champion Salem Spirits and Meredith followed closely with 40 and 39 points, along with four first-place votes combined. Pfeiffer, who will compete as a conference member this season, and the Greensboro Pride each received one first-place vote.

Maryville and Piedmont tied for first in the West Division poll, each with 60 points, combining for all nine top votes.

The Avenging Angels open the season August 31 at Sewanee for a two-day tournament, playing the Tigers and Berry College Vikings. Meredith returns home September 8 for the Meredith Classic.

USA South Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

2018 USA South Women's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll
East Division
Rank Institution (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. Methodist# (2) 41
2. Salem^ (3) 40 
3. Meredith^ (1) 39 
4. Pfeiffer* (1) 33 
5. Greensboro (1) 31
6. N.C. Wesleyan 19 
7. Averett 14 
8. William Peace 7
*Ineligible for USA South Tournament (Div. III Reclassifying Member)
^Defending Division Co-Champion
#Defending Tournament Champion
2018 USA South Women's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll
West Division
Rank Institution (1st Place Votes) Pts.
t-1. Maryville^ (5) 60
t-1. Piedmont^ (4) 60 
3. Covenant 50 
4. Brevard* 37 
5. Huntingdon 35 
6. Agnes Scott 32 
7. Wesleyan 18 
8. Berea 17 
9. LaGrange 15 
*Ineligible for USA South Tournament (Div. III Reclassifying Member)
^Defending Division Co-Champion