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Eagles Picked Third In ODAC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll

Bridgewater is picked No. 3 in the ODAC women's soccer preseason poll. Cat Huafe returns to the midfield for the Eagles this season.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College women's soccer team was picked third in the ODAC Coaches Preseason Poll released today.

Lynchburg received 10 first-place votes to secure the No. 1 ranking in the preseason poll. Virginia Wesleyan received two-first place votes and 149 points to edge Bridgewater by three points for the second spot in the poll. The Eagles received the remaining two first-place votes to lock up the third spot.

Bridgewater is coming off its best season in program history. The Eagles were 15-4-2 overall and tied for first place in the ODAC regular season standings with a 7-1-2 record. Bridgewater received an at-large bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament, the program's first-ever appearance in the national tournament.

Following the Eagles, the remainder of the poll includes in order, Randolph-Macon, Washington and Lee, Roanoke, Shenandoah, Eastern Mennonite, Ferrum, Guilford, Randolph, Emory & Henry, Hollins and Sweet Briar.

The Eagles open the 2019 season on Friday, Aug. 30 against Denison at the Washington and Lee tournament.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

1. University of Lynchburg (10)    166 pts.

2. Virginia Wesleyan University (2)    149 pts.

3. Bridgewater College (2)    146 pts.

4. Randolph-Macon College    131 pts.

5. Washington and Lee University     130 pts.

6. Roanoke College    111 pts.

7. Shenandoah University    98 pts.

8. Eastern Mennonite University    71 pts.

9. Ferrum College    69 pts.

10. Guilford College    63 pts.

11. Randolph College    59 pts.

12. Emory & Henry College    43 pts.

13. Hollins University    20 pts.

14. Sweet Briar College    18 pts.