Greenwood, Ind. – A new era approaches the Transylvania women's soccer team, and the latest signal of that beginning is a predicted fifth-place finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, according to Thursday's newly-released 2017 coaches preseason poll.
In Thursday's release of the annual preseason survey of the conference's 10 women's soccer coaches, the Pioneers received 58 voting points, good for fifth out of 10 teams. The 2017 poll produced a logjam at the top as Hanover College and Franklin College each received 85 points to finish tied for first in the preseason poll. Mount St. Joseph University checked in at third with 72 points, while Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology tallied 69 points for fourth.
Thursday's poll paints a measured picture of outside expectations for Transylvania first-year head coach Luis Reis, who inherits a team which finished sixth in HCAC conference play last season.
The Pioneers lost five seniors to graduation in 2016, but also welcome five new freshmen into the fold for 2017. Transylvania returns leading goal-scorer in junior midfielder Bailey Browning, and is joined by fellow juniors Maddie Sjogren and Noel Obata, who ranked third and fourth, respectively in total points last season.
Transylvania kicks off the 2017 women's soccer season Friday, September 1, when it takes on Wilmington College in Cincinnati, Ohio at 7:00 p.m. in the Mount St. Joseph University tournament.
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