TAMPA, Fla. (August 7, 2019) -- The Johnson & Wales women's soccer team has been selected third in the 2019 Sun Conference Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.
Coming off the its most successful year in program history, reaching the 10-win plateau for the first time, JWU returns 11 letterwinners from a year ago, including NAIA All-American and First-Team All-Sun Conference selection Savannah Jackson. Jackson posted an unbelievable 28 goals and 62 points in 17 matches. Shattering the previous single-season record (set by her in 2017 – 17 goals, 35 points), Jackson ranked No. 4 in the nation in total points, total game-winning goals, points-per-game (3.65) and goals-per-contest (1.65).
The preseason selection of third is the highest in JWU history.
Keiser, 20-3-2 in 2018, received seven first-place votes and a total of 96 points in the balloting by the 11 conference coaches (coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams). Southeastern, 20-2-2 a year ago, received three first-place votes and 90 total points. JWU (68), Thomas (60) and SCAD Savannah (59) rounded out the poll's top five.
Warner (58), St. Thomas (55), USC Beaufort (51), Ave Maria (29), Webber International (29) and Florida Memorial (10) completed the preseason rankings. Ave Maria secured the other first-place vote.
2019 Sun Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll (first-place votes)
|1.||Keiser 96 (7)|
|2.||Southeastern 90 (3)|
|3.||Johnson & Wales 68|
|5.||SCAD Savannah 59|
|7.||St. Thomas 55|
|8.||USC Beaufort 51|
|9.||Ave Maria 29 (1)|
|10.||Webber International 29|
|11.||Florida Memorial 10|