Calvin Women's Soccer Picked Third in MIAA Preseason Poll

Calvin Women's Soccer Picked Third in MIAA Preseason Poll

The Calvin women's soccer team has been picked to finish third in the MIAA preseason coaches poll released this afternoon.

Calvin was one of five teams in the poll to receive at least one first place vote. Defending MIAA champion Hope received four first place votes and tops the poll with 54 points with Albion second, Calvin third and Kalamazoo fourth. Albion and Calvin both received one first place vote while Kalamazoo received two. Trine, picked seventh in the poll, also received one first place vote.

Adrian and Alma meanwhile were tied for fifth with Olivet picked eighth and Saint Mary's ninth.

"I think the fact that five different teams have received a first place vote indicates that our league will be very competitive and exciting this fall," said Calvin women's soccer coach Mark Recker. "Teams that have been lower in the league table are building and I do not think any game will be an easy one. We are eagerly looking forward to the season and the challenges that lie ahead."

A year ago Calvin finished 11-9-1 overall and in fourth place in the MIAA with a 10-5-1 conference record. The Knights reached the MIAA Tournament before bowing to rival Hope in the tournament semifinals.

The Knights return several letterwinners from last year's team including junior defender Kali Mouw (Avon, N.Y./Avon Central HS) who was an All-MIAA second team selection in 2016.

Calvin is scheduled to open its season on September 1 and 2 at a weekend tournament hosted by Milwaukee School of Engineering. The Knights will face Lake Forest College September 1 and MSOE on September 2.

1. Hope 54 points (4 first-place votes)
2. Albion 49 (1)
3. Calvin 46 (1)
4. Kalamazoo 40 (2)
T5. Adrian 36
T5. Alma 36
7. Trine 29 (1)
8. Olivet 23
9. Saint Mary's 11