Women's Soccer Ranks 5th in Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll

Women's Soccer Ranks 5th in Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Four-time defending champion Limestone has been picked as the favorite in the 2019 Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Preseason Poll. 

Winners of 45 straight against Conference Carolinas opponents entering the 2019 season, Limestone received eight first-place votes and a total of 117 points to narrowly best Belmont Abbey in the preseason tally. The Saints narrowly held off the Crusaders, 1-0, last year in the Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Tournament Championship game.

Belmont Abbey collected four first-place votes in the preseason poll and a total of 112 points to claim second. North Greenville picked up 91 total points to secure the third spot, while Chowan (80) was fourth and Emmanuel (75) was fifth.

The voting was close from 6-10 with Barton (67) sixth, Mount Olive (58) seventh, Lees-McRae (54) eighth, Erskine (51) ninth and Southern Wesleyan (50) 10th. Converse and King closed out the voting in the annual preseason poll. 

 

2019 Women's Soccer Preseason Poll

Team

First Place

Total 

1. Limestone

8

117

2. Belmont Abbey

4

112

3. North Greenville

 

91

4. Chowan

 

80

5. Emmanuel

 

75

6. Barton

 

67

7. Mount Olive

 

58

8. Lees-McRae

 

54

9. Erskine

 

51

10. Southern Wesleyan

 

50

11. Converse

 

24

12. King

 

13

 

 

Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Players to Watch (Submitted by Conference Carolinas Coaches)

Anna Claire Albritton, Converse, Jr., MF, Chesapeake, Va.

Darian Bankston, Converse, Jr., GK, San Angelo, Texas

Rebekah Beal*, Barton, Sr., F, Nashville, N.C. (2018 second team All-Conference Carolinas; 2018 All-Championship Team selection)

Sara Berglund, Mount Olive, Jr., MF/F, Borlaenge, Sweden

Selina Boveleth*, Limestone, Jr., D, Neuss, Germany (2017 second team All-Conference Carolinas)

Rachel Curtis*, Southern Wesleyan, Sr., F, Rochester, N.Y. (2018 third team All-Conference Carolinas)

Jaelyn Brown*, Mount Olive, Jr., MF/F, Colorado Springs, Colo. (2018 second team All-Conference Carolinas)

Aidyn Cantor, Converse, Sr., MF, Lake Worth, Fla.

McKenzie Clarke, King, Sr., MF, Longwood, Fla.

Autumn Esposito, Lees-McRae, Sr., MF, Raleigh, N.C.

Amber Feaver, Erskine, Fr., MF, Chilliwack, BC, Canada

Anya Gross, King, So., F, Whangarei, New Zealand

Lauryn Harding*, Belmont Abbey, So., GK, Fayetteville, N.C. (2018 All-Championship Team selection)

Sarah Hazelwood*, North Greenville, So., D, Antreville, S.C. (2018 second team All-Conference Carolinas)

Sabrina Henderson*, Chowan, Jr., MF, Lake Mary, Fla. (2018 first team All-Conference Carolinas; 2017 third team All-Conference Carolinas)

Emma Hickson*, Limestone, Sr., D, Blackpool, England (2018 All-Championship Team selection)

Maya Houston, King, Jr., MF, Gray, Tenn.

Lindsay Lee*, Emmanuel, Jr., F, Lawrenceville, Ga. (2018 second team All-Conference Carolinas)

Hannah Logue*, Emmanuel, Jr., F, Fairfield, Pa. (2018 first team All-Conference Carolinas)

Moriah Logue*, Emmanuel, So., MF, Fairfield, Pa. (2018 third team All-Conference Carolinas)

Carolina Lucci*, Chowan, Jr., F, Monaca, Pa. (2018 first team All-Conference Carolinas; 2017 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year; 2017 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year; 2017 first team All-Conference Carolinas)

Jane Ashley Meredith, Erskine, So., F, Swansea, S.C. 

Kiara Montenegro, Lees-McRae, Jr., MF/F, Orlando, Fla.

Danielle Murray*, Limestone, Sr., F, Dublin, Ireland (2018 first team All-Conference Carolinas; 2017 All-Championship Team selection)

Joy Namyst, Southern Wesleyan, So., MF, Waldorf, Md.

Morgan Patton*, Belmont Abbey, Sr., F, Jacksonville, Fla. (2018 second team All-Conference Carolinas; 2018 All-Championship Team selection)

Sydney Pluhacek*, Belmont Abbey, Sr., MF, Lake Oswego, Ore. (2018 second team All-Conference Carolinas)

Ashley Portell, Erskine, Fr., MF, Granite City, Ill.  

Abby Robinson*, North Greenville, Jr., D, Greenville, S.C. (2018 third team All-Conference Carolinas)

Ashley Romanowski*, Southern Wesleyan, Sr., F, St. Clair Shores, Mich. (2018 first team All-Conference Carolinas)

Brianna Rowe*, North Greenville, Jr., GK, Smithsburg, Md. (2018 third team All-Conference Carolinas)

Pali Smith, Lees-McRae, So, F/MF, Fairview, N.C.     

Hannah Welch, Emmanuel, Sr., GK, Athens, Ga.

* - Denotes 2018 Conference Carolinas All-Conference and/or All-Championship or Award Winner 

 

About Conference Carolinas

Conference Carolinas has a rich tradition in roots that dates back to its early initial inception on Dec. 6, 1930. The NCAA Division II athletics conference presently has member schools located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Conference Carolinas member institutions for the upcoming 2019-20 athletic year are Barton, Belmont Abbey, Chowan, Converse, Emmanuel, Erskine, King, Lees-McRae, Limestone, Mount Olive, North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan. 

Conference Carolinas believes in the development and formation of the whole person in body, mind and soul. Our students are nationally recognized for their extraordinary success in the classroom, in the community and at the highest levels of NCAA competition.

Please visit conferencecarolinas.com to learn more about Conference Carolinas.