Preseason Coaches’ Poll: Defending CIS champion Spartans rank #1

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Sept 4, 2-14 (INS) – Preseason Coaches’ Poll (WSoc): Defending CIS champion Spartans rank #1

Pandas start Canada West title defense at first in the Prairies & fourth
overall


New Westminster, BC – The Trinity Western Spartans begin the women’s
soccer season where they finished last year – at the top. After capturing
their fifth CIS national title in November, the head coaches across the
conference voted the Spartans as the favourites again for the 2014 season,
garnering 14 of 15 first-place votes and totalling 253 of a possible 255
points.

The Victoria Vikes received 220 points and the other two first-place
votes, after retooling in the summer following their 2013 Canada West
bronze medal finish. Their provincial rivals UBC Thunderbirds look to
improve on last year’s 8-1-3 record at third with 192 points. The
preseason poll’s top three teams all hail from the newly-formed Pacific
Division.

The defending Canada West Champions, the Alberta Pandas, find themselves
at fourth overall and first in the Prairie Division with 192 points. The
Calgary Dinos look to challenge them for the division bragging rights at
fifth overall with 160 points.

New Canada West soccer members Grant MacEwan Griffins, Thompson Rivers
University WolfPack and UBC Okanagan Heat will begin their journeys ranked
11th, 12th and 13th, respectively, in the conference.

The season kicks off on Friday, September
5.

Complete voting results:
Overall

Points (First-place votes)

Division (rank)

1

Trinity Western

253 (14)

Pacific (1)

2

Victoria

220 (2)

Pacific (2)

3

UBC

196

Pacific (3)

4

Alberta

192

Prairie (1)

5

Calgary

160

Prairie (2)

6

Fraser Valley

152

Pacific (4)

7

Saskatchewan

142

Prairie (3)

8

Regina

109

Prairie (4)

9

Mount Royal

101

Prairie (5)

10

Manitoba

98

Prairie (6)

11

MacEwan

91

Prairie (7)

12

Thompson Rivers

70

Pacific (5)

13

UBC Okanagan

65

Pacific (6)

14

Northern BC

43

Pacific (7)

15

Winnipeg*

39

Prairie (8)

16

Lethbridge

39

Prairie (9)

*Received more higher-place votes than Lethbridge.

Point system:

Rank

Points

1

17

2

15

3

13

4

12

5

11

6

10

7

9

8

8

9

7

10

6

11

5

12

4

13

3

14

2

15

1

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