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LHU women’s soccer ranked 6th in preseason coaches’ poll

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Tuesday the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) announced the women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and the Lock Haven University women’s soccer team was listed at No. 6 in the East division preseason rankings.

Bloomsburg topped the voting in the East receiving eight of the nine first place votes. Kutztown and West Chester rounded out the top three and East Stroudsburg was picked fourth and received one first place vote. Millersville was tabbed fifth just ahead of the Bald Eagles.

The 2018 season was a flagship year for the Bald Eagles who soared to a record breaking 11-5-1 mark. The 11 wins were the most for the team since 2004 and the first PSAC playoff appearance in 12 years.

The Haven will look to fill up the back of the net this season and are bolstered by the return of their two All-PSAC forwards. Senior Marah Foltz was named the D2CCA was named Atlantic Region Player of the Year for her 17 goal season, which tied the LHU all-time record for single season goals. Also returning is senior Haleigh Swam who was named third team All-PSAC after a nine goal campaign.

The Bald Eagle back line will look to rely on two key returning starters including senior Erika Landis and sophomore Taylor Moritz who each played in all 17 games for the Haven last season and anchored a back line that allowed just 18 goals last season that propelled the team to a +14 goal differential.

Lock Haven will open the 2019 season on Sunday, September 8 when they host Mercyhurst at 12:30 p.m.

PSAC play will have a different look this season for the Bald Eagles as conference play has been divided into an East and West division. Below is a look at the full poll results and the teams in their specific divisions. Matchups with teams from opposite divisions will not count towards conference play.

2019 PSAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll Results

EAST

1. Bloomsburg (8)

2. Kutztown

3. West Chester

4. East Stroudsburg (1)

5. Millersville

6. Lock Haven

7. Shippensburg

8. Shepherd

9. Mansfield

WEST

1. Slippery Rock (6)

2. Gannon (3)

3. Seton Hill

4. Mercyhurst

5. IUP

6. Edinboro

7. Pitt-Johnstown

8. Clarion

9. Cal U

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