WINTER PARK, Fla. (August 20, 2010) - For the first time in program history, the Rollins women's soccer team sits atop the Sunshine State Conference preseason poll as they enter into regular season action. The preseason poll, announced Friday by league officials, is voted upon by conference coaches and sports information directors.
The thirteenth-ranked Tars were the run-away favorites, with 14 of 18 first-place votes and 189 points. Led by first-year head coach Patrick Baker, Rollins heads into the season seeking a third straight SSC title.
Behind the Tars, Florida Tech finished second with four first-place nods and 154 points. The Panthers are the only other conference school to be listed on the NSCAA DII Preseason National Poll, which was announced on August 10. Tech just barely edged out Florida Southern, who comes in at No. 3 on this season's poll, with 152 points.
The Saint Leo Lions collected a total of 137 points, and fall in behind the top three to rank fourth in the conference as they enter 2010 competition. The following two slots will be fought over by Lynn and Tampa, who fall into the poll within one point of each other as they pull in 87 and 86 points, respectively.
Barry and Nova Southeastern tie for seventh with 71 points, with Eckerd rounding out the list at ninth with 25 points.
The Tars have not lost a regular season conference match since 2007, and look to hold onto their current first-place standing for the third straight season. With seven returning starters from a team that posted a record of 16-2-2, and a 7-0-1 mark in conference action, Rollins looks to be a solid contender both in SSC and national play.
Rollins kicks off their exhibition season on Saturday, August 21, when they travel to Embry-Riddle to take on the Eagles at 6 pm. For the latest news, updates, and information on all of Rollins women's soccer, visit the Tars home on the web at RollinsSports.com.
2010 SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE PRESEASON WOMEN'S SOCCER POLL
Rank - Team, Points (1st Place Votes)
1 - Rollins, 189 (14)
2 - Florida Tech, 154 (4)
3 - Florida Southern, 152
4 - Saint Leo, 137
5 - Lynn, 87
6 - Tampa, 86
T7 - Barry, 71
T7 - Nova Southeastern, 71
9 - Eckerd, 25