Washburn, ESU Picked At The Bottom Of The Pack In MIAA Soccer

By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending MIAA champion Central Missouri once again tops the MIAA preseason women’s soccer poll. The Jennies, who went 10-0-2 last season, earned 11 of the possible 12 first place votes. Central Oklahoma claimed the other first place vote as they were picked to finish second by the coaches.

Northeastern State, who finished 7-4-1 last year, is picked to finish third in the league. The RiverHawks come in just two points ahead of 2012 MIAA tournament champion Fort Hays State who is slated fourth. Northwest Missouri coming off a season where they went 6-4-2 is picked to finish fifth in this year’s poll. Southwest Baptist earns the sixth place slot in the poll while Missouri Southern earned the votes to receive a seventh place ranking.

Nebraska-Kearney is picked eighth in the this season’s coaches poll. Missouri Western is in the ninth slot coming in just one point ahead of Washburn who is slated tenth. Lindenwood has been picked to finish 11th with Emporia State picked to finish 12th this year by the league’s coaches.

The 2013 soccer campaign will get underway on September 5 and will culminate on November 8 & 10 with the conference tournament semi-finals and finals at the College Boulevard Activities Center in Olathe, Kan.

2013 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Central Missouri (11) 132
2. Central Oklahoma (1) 121
3. Northeastern State 104
4. Fort Hays State 102
5. Northwest Missouri 85
6. Southwest Baptist 77
7. Missouri Southern 64
8. Nebraska-Kearney 46
9. Missouri Western 37
10. Washburn 36
11. Lindenwood 32
12. Emporia State 22

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WU Release:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Washburn Ichabod soccer team was tabbed 10th in the MIAA Preseason Coaches poll which was released Tuesday by the conference office. Washburn is coming off a 4-14 season.

Washburn will play three exhibition matches beginning with the alumni team on Aug. 24 and then travel to Salina, Kan., to face Kansas Wesleyan on Aug. 27 and then wrap the exhibition slate with Minnesota State on Sept. 1 in Topeka.

The Ichabods will then have five non-conference, in-region matchups as they open the home slate and regular season on Sept. 6 against Northern State.

2013 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Central Missouri (11) 132
2. Central Oklahoma (1) 121
3. Northeastern State 104
4. Fort Hays State 102
5. Northwest Missouri 85
6. Southwest Baptist 77
7. Missouri Southern 64
8. Nebraska-Kearney 46
9. Missouri Western 37
10. Washburn 36
11. Lindenwood 32
12. Emporia State 22

Season Preview
The Washburn Ichabod soccer team will return a wealth of experience for the 2013 season as 16 players who saw action last year will return to the squad looking to continue their climb back to the top of the MIAA.
Nine seniors including a NCAA Division I transfer will look to improve on last season's 4-14-0 record. Washburn finished in a tie for 11th in the MIAA standings with a 4-8-0 mark.

One stat from 2012 the Ichabods would like to change is their 2-9 record in one-goal matches. The Ichabods dropped their last four matches of the season by 2-1 scores.

"We will have one of the most experienced lineups our program has ever had," 11th-year head coach Tim Collins said. "Adding in to that the experience of our newcomers in big games in their prep careers, we will be able to overcome some of the mistakes we made last season in the close matches."

Forwards

Leading the attack on the front line will be senior honorable mention all-MIAA pick Caysie Beetley. Beetley is the team's leading returning scorer after recording 15 points on five goals and a team-high five assists. Beetley enters her final campaign at Washburn with nine career goals starting 37 of 43 career matches.

Also returning is senior Kelsey Ewert who started six matches appearing in seven before a knee injury caused her to miss the remainder of the season. Returning is sophomore Whitney Skinner who scored one goal while playing in all 18 matches receiving one start. She will be joined by fellow sophomore Bailey Wobig who appeared in 16 games with two starts after tallying an assist in her first season at Washburn.

Kaitlyn Doescher, a senior transfer from St. Louis University will join the squad this fall after playing in 30 games for the NCAA Division I Billikens.

Freshman Olivia Stovall will also compete for playing time up front after earning all-district honors in high school.

"It's been a while since we have been this deep at the forward position," Collins said.

Midfielders

Roaming the middle of the field will be seniors Danielle Curtis, Brianna Ament and Lara Doescher who started 40 combined games last season. Doescher scored a pair of goals in her first season at Washburn and Curtis led the team with 40 corner kick opportunities. Ament took five shots during the season.

Also returning is junior Valerie Harms who appeared in 18 games making 10 starts as well as sophomoresCarlee Seitz and Sara Specht who will all compete for time. Seitz scored a goal last season and Specht had an assist in her first season at Washburn.

Newcomers who will compete for time are freshman Devon Schmitz, Kelly Schunk, Lexi Barton and Cadence Bourne.

"This group of players all will have the ability to score and contribute to our ball-controlled offense helping out on both the offensive and defensive ends of the pitch," Collins said.

Defenders

Holding down the backline of the Ichabod formation are seniors Megan Buckley, Taylor Mayhew and Rachel Hansen. Buckley was an honorable mention all-MIAA selection last season starting 17 of 18 matches recording an assist. Hansen made 12 starts playing in 15 matches and Mayhew returns after playing in only four matches last season after suffering a knee injury in the fourth match of the year missing the final 14 of the season.

Junior Jenna Cunningham will also see time. Cunningham made 10 starts appearing in all 18 matches during the season.

Incoming freshmen Kate Combs, Sophia Sabala, Hailey Ruder and Michelle Keleher are a talented quartet of players who will have an impact on the upcoming season.

"We are solid with this position in the lineup and we are looking for big things from each member of this group this year," Collins said.

Goalkeepers

Washburn will return junior goalkeeper Tori Fuglister who started 15 matches while playing in 17 during the season. She recorded 85 saves and a 1.80 goal against average adding a pair of shutouts.

The Ichabods' only other goalkeeper on the roster is incoming freshman Randi Watson.

Season Outlook

"We play in the toughest conference in America so each match is a battle," Collins said.

Washburn will play three exhibition matches beginning with the alumni team on Aug. 24 and then travel to Salina, Kan., to face Kansas Wesleyan on Aug. 27 and then wrap the exhibition slate with Minnesota State on Sept. 1 in Topeka.

The Ichabods will then have five non-conference, in-region matchups as they open the home slate on Sept. 6 against Northern State.

After road matches at Wayne State and Rockhurst on Sept. 8 and Sept. 11 respectively, the Ichabods return home to face Augustana and Colorado Christian on Sept. 13 and Sept. 15.

Washburn will open MIAA play at Emporia State on Sept. 20 and then return to non-conference play hosting Newman on Sept. 22.

The Ichabods will continue their longest homestand of the season with Central Missouri on Sept. 27 and Southwest Baptist on Sept. 29.

Washburn will then face Fort Hays State on Oct. 4 and Nebraska-Kearney in the Lopers' first trip to Topeka on Oct. 6.

Washburn will travel to St. Joseph, Mo., to face Missouri Western on Oct. 11 before facing Northwest Missouri on Oct. 13.

The Ichabods will then wrap up Homecoming festivities on Oct. 20 when they face Lindenwood.

Because of the unbalanced MIAA schedule, the Ichabods will play host to Emporia State in non-conference action on Oct. 23 in Yager Stadium in a second Turnpike Tussle battle.

Washburn will then have a busy senior night on Oct. 25 hosting Missouri Southern as nine Ichabods will play their final regular season game in Yager Stadium.

The Ichabods will wrap up the regular season with matches at Central Oklahoma on Nov. 1 and Northeastern State on Nov. 3.

The MIAA Tournament begins on Nov. 7 and will have the semifinals on Nov. 9 and the championship match on Nov. 10 in Kansas City.

The NCAA tournament starts on Nov. 15 and will run until the national championship match on Dec. 7.

"Our MIAA slate will put us in a position to be successful in the NCAA Tournament," Collins said. "But the pressure is on us to do well in our regular season - both the regional contests and the conference matches - so we can have the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament."

Release from the MIAA
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending MIAA champion Central Missouri once again tops the MIAA preseason women's soccer poll. The Jennies, who went 10-0-2 last season, earned 11 of the possible 12 first place votes. Central Oklahoma claimed the other first place vote as they were picked to finish second by the coaches.

Northeastern State, who finished 7-4-1 last year, is picked to finish third in the league. The RiverHawks come in just two points ahead of 2012 MIAA tournament champion Fort Hays State who is slated fourth. Northwest Missouri coming off a season where they went 6-4-2 is picked to finish fifth in this year's poll. Southwest Baptist earns the sixth place slot in the poll while Missouri Southern earned the votes to receive a seventh place ranking.

Nebraska-Kearney is picked eighth in the this season's coaches poll. Missouri Western is in the ninth slot coming in just one point ahead of Washburn who is slated tenth. Lindenwood has been picked to finish 11th with Emporia State picked to finish 12th this year by the league's coaches.

The 2013 soccer campaign will get underway on September 5 and will culminate on November 8 & 10 with the conference tournament semi-finals and finals at the College Boulevard Activities Center in Olathe, Kan.

2013 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Central Missouri (11) 132
2. Central Oklahoma (1) 121
3. Northeastern State 104
4. Fort Hays State 102
5. Northwest Missouri 85
6. Southwest Baptist 77
7. Missouri Southern 64
8. Nebraska-Kearney 46
9. Missouri Western 37
10. Washburn 36
11. Lindenwood 32
12. Emporia State 22


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