Lady Blues Confident of Repeat

By: Gene Cassell, Sports Information Director
By: Gene Cassell, Sports Information Director

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The Washburn Lady Blues Soccer team was picked to repeat as champions by the league's coaches in the annual MIAA preseason poll which was released today (Aug. 1). The Lady Blues open the 2007 season on Aug. 25 against Central Oklahoma in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Washburn, who snapped the seven-year run of Truman State University as the MIAA's only champion, edged Missouri Southern for the top spot in the ranking, 43-41. The Lady Blues collected four of the seven available first-place votes.
Washburn returns the league's top scorer and '06 Most Valuable Player, junior F Jessica Mainz (13 goals, 4 assists, 30 points). The Lady Blues return nine letter winners from last season’s squad which went 15-1-6 overall and 10-1-3 in MIAA play clinching the conference title on the last regular season date of the year with a 2-1 win over Missouri Southern. Washburn reached the NCAA Central Regional Final, but fell in penalty kicks to No. 1 ranked Nebraska-Omaha.

2007 MIAA Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

School Pts.
1. Washburn (4)................... 43
2. Missouri Southern (2).......... 41
3. Central Missouri (2)........... 37
4. Southwest Baptist.............. 33
5. Truman......................... 31
6. Northwest Missouri State....... 18
7. Emporia State.................. 14
8. Missouri Western............... 7

Points awarded on an 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Coaches could not vote for their own school.


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