FREELAND, Mich. – The Adrian College women's soccer team was tabbed to finish second in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play this season according to the coaches in the MIAA.
With three All-MIAA players returning to the squad, the Bulldogs received 54 points in the poll with one first-place vote, putting them ahead of Kalamazoo (48, one first-place vote), Calvin (40), Albion (38), Olivet (27), Alma (25), Trine (21), and Saint Mary's (8). Only defending champions Hope were ahead of AC in the polls, picking up 63 points and the remaining seven first-place votes. The Black and Gold will host Hope on Oct. 13.
The poll awards eight points for a first-place vote, seven for a second-place vote, etc. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own school.
Adrian is coming off of one of their most successful seasons in school history, finishing with a record of 13-5-3. Its conference record of 10-4-2 earned them a third place finish in the MIAA, its highest finish since winning the crown in 2011. The Bulldogs had three returning players earn All-MIAA distinction last year, with forward Caroline Fleming and defender Rachel Rodeheffer earning First Team honors, and goalkeeper Ayverie Giller earning a Second Team nod. Two defensive players earning All-MIAA awards should not come as a surprise to Bulldog fans as the team allowed just 16 goals in 21 matches last season. Fleming led the way on offense for the Black and Gold last year, scoring a team-high ten goals last year, putting her fifth in the conference.
The Bulldogs will kick off their season on Aug. 31 when they travel to Wooster. The first home game of the year will come on Sep. 15 when Michigan-Dearborn comes to town.
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