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Women’s soccer picked fourth; Denver tabbed to repeat

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          Release: 08/13/2014
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TULSA, Okla. – According to the Summit League coaches, the Oral Roberts University women’s soccer team will have an uphill climb this season as the Golden Eagles were picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll, the league announced on Wednesday.

The Golden Eagles finished their final season of Southland Conference play with a 15-4-1 overall record, recording the most wins in program history. ORU also closed the 2013 season 57th in the RPI, its highest RPI finish to date.

With the exception of preseason No. 25 Denver (18-2-1, 7-0-0), who had a final RPI of 17 last season, the next highest Summit League RPI finisher was South Dakota State (11-5-2, 6-1-0) at 194.

Denver earned the most first place votes in the preseason poll with eight and was picked to retain the Summit League title, while SDSU was picked to finish second and pulled in one first place vote. North Dakota State (9-10-0, 4-3-0) was just six points ahead of the Golden Eagles in the poll as the Bison were picked to finish third.

Western Illinois (8-9-2, 3-4-0) and Fort Wayne (6-12-1, 3-3-1) were picked to finish fifth and sixth, respectively. Rounding out the preseason poll for the nine team league was IUPUI (5-9-5, 1-4-2) who was picked to finish seventh, Omaha (3-11-2, 1-6-0) was picked to finish eighth and South Dakota (6-8-4, 1-5-1) is tabbed for ninth.

The Summit League Championship will be held at Denver, with the top four teams in the standings qualifying for the tournament.

ORU kicks off the 2014 campaign Saturday afternoon as they travel to Conway, Ark., to face former Southland Conference rival Central Arkansas at 5 p.m.

For more information on ORU women’s soccer, follow @ORUWSOC on Twitter, or visit ORUAthletics.com.

2014 Summit League Women's Soccer Preseason Poll
NOTE: Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team

Place

Team

Points (1st)

2013 Record

1.

Denver

64 (8)

18-2-1 (7-0-0)

2.

South Dakota State

55 (1)

11-5-2 (6-1-0)

3.

North Dakota State

48

9-10-0 (4-3-0)

4.

Oral Roberts

42

15-4-1 (N/A)

5.

Western Illinois

34

8-9-2 (3-4-0)

6.

Fort Wayne

31

6-12-1 (3-3-1)

7.

IUPUI

19

5-9-5 (1-4-2)

8.

Omaha

17

3-11-2 (1-6-0)

9.

South Dakota

14

6-8-4 (1-5-1)

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