BEREA, Ky. — The University of Rio Grande women’s soccer team was picked to finish third in the 2014 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll released on Thursday.
The RedStorm collected one first-place vote and 23 points in the balloting of the league’s seven coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own squad.
Rio Grande lost just one senior from last year’s squad, which finished 10-8 for the program’s first-ever winning season. The list of returnees includes junior forward Kasey Crow (Chillicothe, OH), who became the program’s all-time leading scorer last season.
Asbury University was tabbed as the league’s favorite, receiving 27 points and three first-place votes, while Point Park University had 24 points and two first-place votes to edge Rio for second place.
Carlow University (22) finished just behind the RedStorm in fourth place, with Cincinnati Christian University (14), Brescia University (9) and Midway College (7) rounding out the list.
The 2014 women’s soccer season begins later this month. The KIAC Tournament will take place in November.
Rio Grande opens its regular season schedule on Saturday, Aug. 30, when Milligan (Tenn.) visits Evan E. Davis Field.