The University of Tennessee women’s soccer team was picked by league coaches to finish second in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division according to a poll released by the SEC on Tuesday. The Lady Vols received 47 points in the listing, 10 points behind Florida, which was tabbed to take home its second consecutive division title.
UT enters the season ranked No. 24 in both the NSCAA/adidas and the Soccer Buzz polls. The Big Orange also rank fourth in the Central region preseason poll and return eight starters including 2006 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, junior Kylee Rossi.
The SEC coaches selected Florida to win its second consecutive regular season title after UF registered a three year championship drought from 2002-2004. The Gators garnered nine first-place votes in both the overall and division race, while Kentucky, Georgia and Vanderbilt each received one first-place vote. Auburn was chosen to take its second straight Western Division crown, receiving eight divisional first-place votes.
The Lady Vols finished last season with a 12-7-4 record, going 6-3-2 in league play to tie for second place in the Eastern Division with Kentucky. UT was knocked out of the SEC Tournament in the semifinals by the Wildcats, marking the first year since 2001 that the Big Orange did not play in the tournament final.
Tennessee closes out its exhibition schedule tonight, hosting Louisville at Regal Soccer Stadium for a 5:00 p.m. start. The Orange and White kick off their regular season against Penn State at the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic on Aug. 31.
SEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Ole Miss (4)
Story Courtesy: UT Lady Vols Sports Information