Daniel J Lauletta
August 20, 2013, NEW HAVEN, Conn. (ISN) – After capturing the 2012 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season title on the final day, the Wilmington University women’s soccer team ran through the CACC Tournament to capture its first Tournament Championship by defeating Philadelphia, 1-0.
It appears as though these two teams are going to be at it once again this season, as each team was picked tied atop the 2013 CACC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll, released by Commissioner Dan Mara today.
The Wildcats garnered seven first place votes to hold the slight advantage over Philadelphia’s four, but both ended with 158 points to lead the pack of 13 squads heading into the campaign. Caldwell picked up a first place vote and 138 total points to finished third followed by Georgian Court who earned the final first place vote and 131 points to sit in fourth.
The gap begins to widen for the rest of the pack as Holy family and Nyack were tied in fifth with 103 points, followed by Felician in seventh with 98 points. Chestnut Hill finished close to Felician with 94 points and in eighth place.
Dominican finished with 65 points in ninth place followed by Post in 10th with 47 points. Rounding out the final three teams were Bloomfield (40 points), Goldey-Beacom (33), and Concordia (15).
The Wildcats became the first team since Holy Family in 2007 to claim both the regular season and tournament titles. Junior Victoria Vasapolli was named the 2012 CACC Tournament MVP after scoring two goals in the semifinals and providing the assist for the lone goal of the championship match. She returns this season under the guidance of reigning CACC Coach of the Year Josh Ruggiero.
The top eight teams from the regular season standings will advance to the CACC Championship Tournament beginning with the quarterfinals at the high seed’s field on November 4. The four remaining squads advance CACC Final Four at the WU Athletics Complex on November 7-9.
Wilmington opens its 2013 campaign with a two-match weekend at Franklin Pierce on September 6-8. The team begins the season against Southern New Hampshire on Friday before playing host Franklin Pierce on Sunday. The team’s home opener at the WU Athletics Complex is on September 14 at 12 p.m. against Felician.
2013 CACC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll:
1 – Wilmington (7 first place votes), 158 points
1 – Philadelphia (4), 158
3 – Caldwell (1), 138
4 – Georgian Court (1), 131
5 – Holy Family, 103
5 – Nyack, 103
7 – Felician, 98
8 – Chestnut Hill, 94
9 – Dominican, 65
10 – Post, 47
11 – Bloomfield, 40
12 – Goldey-Beacom, 33
13 – Concordia, 15