Thomasville, Belmont Abbey women's soccer has been selected the top team going into the 2006 season. Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference head coaches voted the Crusaders the top team in an annual preseason poll to rank predicted order of finish within the league.
The Crusaders selection comes upon good merit by
finishing the 2005 campaign with an 18-4 overall and 10-1 CVAC
record. With that they captured the CVAC tournament championship
and split the regular season title, all in head coach Glad
Bugariu's first season at the helm.
The Crusaders return 14 players off last year's squad, including their top three scorers, headlined by junior forward Erin Kolb, who scored a team-leading 14 goals en route to earning First Team All-CVAC and All-Region honors. Also, Bugariu has brought in 13 talented newcomers to add to the solid core of returnees to help the Abbey continue their winning ways.
New Pfeiffer Head Coach Sarah Denton leads ten returning starters from last year's regular season CVAC conference co-champions (10-1 in the CVAC, 14-5 overall). Led by junior forward Laura Crews, who was the 2005 CVAC Player of the Year, All-CVAC First Team and All-Region team member, and senior midfielder Maria Reis, who was also an All-CVAC First Team member, the Falcons hope to continue last year's success. Second Team All-CVAC members junior Kristen Brahosky and sophomore Katie Franca will secure the Falcon defense. Coach Denton added, "I am very happy to be here at Pfeiffer. I hope with hard work and dedication we can continue to build on last season's success. It should be a very exciting year."
The Barton College women's soccer team has high expectations for the 2006 season after finishing third in the CVAC at 9-2 and posting a 14-5 overall record last fall. The Lady Bulldogs, of fourth-year head coach Stacey Tant, achieved rankings of first in the Southeast Region and tenth nationally and won nine games straight at one point. Back from that squad are All-CVAC first-teamers Jordan Carter in the midfield and Tara Davis at forward. Both were second-team All-Region selections as well. Anchoring the defense will be returning All-CVAC second team performer Stephanie Schraw. That trio will be joined by 11 returnees and a talented cast of eight newcomers.
Rounding out the poll 4-12 was: Mount Olive, Limestone, Queens, Erskine, Coker, Lees-McRae, Anderson, Converse, and St. Andrews respectively.
CVAC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll (# of First Place Votes in Parenthesis)
1. Belmont Abbey (8) 116
2. Pfieffer (3) 112
3. Barton 97
4. Mount Olive (1) 96
5. Limestone 79
6. Queens 69
7. Erskine 61
8. Coker 44
9. Lees-McRae 37
10. Anderson 35
11. Converse 27
12. St. Andrews 19