Rock Hill, S.C. - Allie Hovis was selected to the preseason All-SAC First Team and the Tornados were picked 10th in the preseason coaches poll as announced by the conference office on Thursday.
Hovis scored two goals and added an assist to her totals last season in being honored by the SAC Coaches last season on the All-SAC Second Team. She becomes the first Brevard College player to earn SAC Preseason honors.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which finished one win shy of the 2010 NCAA Women’s Soccer Final Four, is a nearly unanimous selection by the SAC coaches to win the 2011 league title, it was announced on Thursday.
The Bears, 2010 co-regular season champions and Food Lion SAC Tournament winners, received nine of the 10 first-place votes.
L-R is also heavily represented on the preseason All-SAC team, with six first-team selections, including defending conference Player of the Year and Daktronics All-American Catherine Hauck. The Bears also have one student-athlete on the second team.
Wingate comes in at No. 2 in the preseason poll. The Bulldogs, runners-up in last season’s Food Lion SAC Tournament, also have two first-team and one second-team preseason All-Conference selections. This includes 2010 first-team All-SAC honorees Izabella Miranda and Kelly Moldenhauer.
No. 3 in the poll is Tusculum, which features four preseason All-Conference selections. TC forward Tramicka James is the Pioneers’ lone first-team selection after also being named to the 2010 All-SAC first team.
Carson-Newman, which tied Lenoir-Rhyne for the 2010 regular season title is fourth in the coaches’ poll and received the other first-place vote. The Eagles also landed one student-athlete on the preseason All-SAC first team, 2010 first-team selection Trenna Howell, and two on the second team.
Next in the poll is Catawba at No. 5, Newberry at No. 6 and Lincoln-Memorial at No. 7. Catawba and Lincoln Memorial each placed two on the preseason All-Conference team, while Newberry has one.
Rounding out the coaches’ poll is Mars Hill at No. 8, Anderson at No. 9 and Brevard at No. 10.
MHC has two preseason All-SAC selections, and Brevard and Anderson each have one.
The SAC women’s soccer season officially kicks off on Sept. 1, and the Food Lion SAC Championship is slated for Nov. 1-6, with the semifinals and final taking place in Rock Hill.
SAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Team Points (1st Place)
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 99 (9)
2. Wingate 88
3. Tusculum 73
4. Carson-Newman 72 (1)
5. Catawba 54
6. Newberry 46
7. Lincoln-Memorial 45
8. Mars Hill 40
9. Anderson 19
10. Brevard 14
Preseason All-SAC Team
F - Trenna Howell, Carson-Newman
F - Allie Hovis, Brevard
F - Sarah Taylor, Lincoln Memorial
F - Tramicka James, Tusculum
MF - Elizabeth Hawes, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF - Kaelia Frazier, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF - Catherine Hauck, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF - Izabella Miranda, Wingate
D - Jessica Schob, Lenoir-Rhyne
D - Casey McDonnell, Lenoir-Rhyne
D - Kelly Moldenhauer, Wingate
D - Cassie Smith, Newberry
GK - Caitlin Scruggs, Lenoir-Rhyne
F - Bianca Hall, Carson-Newman
F - Laura Linehan, Lenoir-Rhyne
F - Patience Leonard, Tusculum
F - Juliana Conte, Catawba
MF - Leanne Reid, Lincoln Memorial
MF - Michelle Meade, Tusculum
MF - Kelly Adams, Wingate
MF - Carrie Settle, Anderson
D - Marissa DiMarco, Catawba
D - Racquell Pimental, Carson-Newman
D - Martha Taboas, Mars Hill
D - Amy Morford, Tusculum
GK - Chelsea Parker, Mars Hill