MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University women's soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the GLIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll as announced by the league recently during its GLIAC Soccer Media Day.
The Wildcats earned 91 points in the poll, which was voted on by the league's 13 head coaches. Coaches vote for every team but their own.
A season ago, the Wildcats finished with a 5-10-3 overall record, but put together a winning 5-4-3 mark in the GLIAC to finish sixth.
Northern Michigan University freshman Tabitha Boze makes a long pass during a practice on Aug. 21 at the NMU soccer fields. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
Wildcats sophomore Caroline Glantz dives to stop the ball during the same practice. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
A year ago, the Wildcats were tabbed to finish fifth in the preseason poll.
Grand Valley State was tabbed as the No. 1 team in the league, earning 10 of a possible 12 first-place votes, since coaches couldn't vote for themselves, while Michigan Tech is the coaches' No. 2 pick with 123 points and three first-place tallies.
Next came Ohio Dominican in third with 112 votes; Ferris State, fourth, 107; and Ashland, fifth, 105.
Picked behind NMU were Saginaw Valley State, seventh, 90 votes; Northwood and Findlay, tied for eighth, 59 each; Walsh, 10th, 45; Tiffin, 11th, 40; Lake Erie, 12th, 25; and Malone, 13th, 17.
The poll is quite similar to last year's final standings, with GVSU winning the league with a 12-0 mark and MTU second at 9-2-1. The only team picked to finish more than one place away from where it did last season was Ashland, which was third in the league but picked fifth this year.
Northern opens its season with four consecutive nonconference games against opposition from the state of Minnesota at the NMU Soccer Field. The first games are at 5 p.m. Friday against St. Cloud State (Minnesota) and noon Sunday vs. Winona State. Two more home games follow the next weekend before the team hits the road for two weeks, including its first GLIAC game at Michigan Tech on Sept. 21.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.