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.
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.