Women's Soccer Ranked Fourth on Conference Preseason Poll

Aug. 23, 2011

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – After a Cinderella run that saw the University of Massachusetts Boston women’s soccer team earn a place in last year’s Little East Conference championship game, the Beacons were picked to finish fourth on the 2011 preseason poll, as announced by the conference office.

Overall the Beacons collected 40 points, which was the most ever in the program’s history.  It was also the third consecutive year that the Beacons were ranked fourth on the preseason poll.

Selected to win the regular season was nationally ranked Eastern Connecticut State University, who collected six of the eight first place votes and 62 points.  In second was defending Little East Conference tournament champions Western Connecticut State University.  The Colonials earned two first place votes and 54 points.  Keene State College was ranked third after tallying 50 points. 

After the Beacons, the University of Southern Maine (5th, 26 pts), Plymouth State University (6th, 23 pts), Rhode Island College (7th, 18 pts), and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (8th, 15 pts) closed out the preseason poll.

Looking to build off of last season’s success, head coach Amy Zombeck will welcome back one of the program’s largest senior classes this season.  Last season Zombeck guided the Beacons to a 14-6-4 mark, and the number four-seed in the conference tournament. 

Following a 1-0 first round win over Southern Maine, the Beacons upset the number one seed Eastern Connecticut State Warriors in penalty kicks to become the first number four-seed to advance to the conference championship.

Despite their best efforts, the Beacons were defeated by Western Connecticut by the score of 1-0 in an extremely hard fought match.  The team did go on to compete in the ECAC New England Regional tournament, where they advanced to the semi-final round before falling to Endicott College by the final score of 3-0.

This fall, Zombeck will look to 2010 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year Tayla Andrews and second team all-conference honoree Kristin Mulry to pace the Beacons offense.  In her rookie season Andrews led the squad with 16 goals (3rd in the LEC) and 36 points (4th in the LEC).  Mulry’s all-conference year was highlighted by 10 goals and three assists.

Women’s soccer is set to kick-off their new season on Thursday, September 1 when they travel to Western New England College for a 5 p.m. match.  The match was originally scheduled as a home game, but has been changed to an away match.

 

 

2011 Little East Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Rank

Institution

First Place

Total Points

1

Eastern Connecticut State University

6

62

2

Western Connecticut State University

2

54

3

Keene State College

 

50

4

University of Massachusetts Boston

 

40

5

University of Southern Maine

 

26

6

Plymouth State University

 

23

7

Rhode Island College

 

18

8

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

 

15