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Women's Soccer Picked Seventh in Summit League Preseason Poll

Women's Soccer Picked Seventh in Summit League Preseason Poll

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Golden Eagles women's soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the 2019 Summit League preseason coaches' poll, while Jordan Langebartels was one of 13 athletes named to The Summit League Players to Watch list, the league announced Monday.

For the third consecutive season Denver has been selected as the favorite to win The Summit League. Denver received 63 total points and seven first place votes, while South Dakota State received two. The Pioneers return 10 starters including Hannah Adler, a two-time Summit league First Team member and The Summit League Tournament MVP, as well as Samantha Feller the 2018 Freshman of the Year. Jeff Hooker led his squad to a 12-6-2 overall record in 2018 and a 7-1-0 record in league play to earn Coach of the Year honors.

A year after finishing 12-6-1 overall and 7-1-0 in league play, South Dakota State was picked to finish second with a total of 57 points. SDSU head coach Brock Thompson has led the Jackrabbits to a 15-1 mark in Summit League play through his first two seasons in Brookings.

Despite losing Annie Williams, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, the Jackrabbits return star seniors Maggie Smither and Leah Manuleleua. Smither, a two-time Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year and 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-West Region Second Team member leads a defense that posted 10 shutouts in 2018. Manuleleua led the Jackrabbits offense with 14 points and 5 goals. 

Third through seventh place in the poll were separated by only 10 points. North Dakota State led that pack with 41 points and will look to finish inside the top three in the league standings for the fifth-consecutive season. Omaha (39 points) was picked to finish fourth a season after advancing to the Summit League Championship match for the first time in program history.

South Dakota (37 points) was picked to finish fifth after missing out on postseason play by a single point in head coach Michael Thomas' first season with the program. North Dakota (32 points) also came up just short of a postseason bid in its first season as a league member in 2018. The Fighting Hawks were picked sixth (32 points) and will try to replace the production of Offensive Player of the Year Katie Moller, who led the league in goals in 2018 with 15.
 
Oral Roberts (31 points) was picked to finish seventh and the Golden Eagles were part of a four-team pack that was within four points of earning of the final tournament berth in 2018. Purdue Fort Wayne (14 points) and Western Illinois (10 points) rounded out the final two spots in the poll.

 

2019 Summit League Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

School

Points (1st)

2018 Record (SL)

1.

Denver

63 (7)

13-6-2 (7-1-0, 21 pts.)

2.

South Dakota State

57 (2)

12-6-1 (7-1-0, 21 pts.)

3.

North Dakota State

41

9-7-0 (6-2-0, 18 pts.)

4.

Omaha

39

8-11-2 (4-3-1, 13 pts.)

5.

South Dakota

37

9-7-2 (4-4-0, 12 pts.)

6.

North Dakota

32

9-6-2 (3-4-1, 10 pts.)

7.

8.

9.

Oral Roberts

Purdue Fort Wayne

Western Illinois

31

14

10

8-12-0 (3-5-0, 9 pts.)

4-12-3 (1-7-0, 3 pts.)

3-14-1 (0-8-0, 0 pts)


2019 Summit League Women's Soccer Players to Watch

Jordan Langenbartels | Oral Roberts | Senior | Midfielder

• Led Golden Eagles with career-highs in goals (7) and points (18)

• Appeared in 15 matches, earning nine starts

 

Hannah Adler | Denver | Senior | Midfielder

• 2017 and 2018 First Team All-Summit, 2018 Summit Championship MVP

• 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-West Region First Team

• Five of seven goals in 2018 were game-winners

 

Samantha Feller | Denver | Sophomore | Forward
• 2018 Summit League Freshman of the Year, 2018 First Team All-Summit and All-Freshman Team, 2018 All-Tournament Team

• Top returning goal scorer in The Summit League after netting nine as a rookie


Meg Halvorson | Denver | Junior | Midfielder

• 2018 First Team All-Summit

• 2017 Summit League Freshman of the Year, 2017 Summit League All-Freshman Team, 2017 Second Team All-Summit

• Four of six goals in 2018 were in Summit League action

 

Cheyenne Shorts | Denver | Senior | Defender

• 2018 First Team All-Summit, 2018 All-Tournament Team

• Helped Pios' defense record 10 shutouts in 21 matches in 2018


Megan Wright | North Daktoa | Junior | Forward
• Tallied two goals and four assists in 2018

• Three of her assists set up game-winning goals for the Fighting Hawks

 

Mariah Haberle | North Dakota State | Senior | Midfielder

• 2018 First Team All-Summit

• Registered a career-high 16 points in 2018, four of six goals were game-winners


Andrea Daves | Omaha | Senior | Midfielder

- Led Mavericks with a six assists and lone goal in 2018 was the game-winner vs. Green Bay

- Saw action in all 21 matches, earning 17 starts 

 

Kayla Wisniewski | Purdue Fort Wayne | Sophomore | Forward

- 2018 All-Freshman Team

- Ranked third in The Summit League with eight goals and fourth in points with 19

- Eight goals were third most by a Mastadon rookie in program history

 

Alexis Mitchell | South Dakota | Junior | Midfielder

- Started all 18 games in 2018, netting a goal and three assists

- Helped lead USD to a Division I record for wins in a season in 2018

 

Leah Manuleleua | South Dakota State | Senior | Forward

- 2018 Second Team All-Summit, 2017 First Team All-Summit

- Led Jackrabbits with 14 points and shared team lead with four goals

 

Maggie Smither | South Dakota State | Senior | Goalkeeper

- 2017 and 2018 Summit League  Goalkeeper of the Year, 2017 and 2018 All-Summit First Team

- 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-West Region Second Team

- Posted 10 shutouts in 2018 and has 18 during her career

 

Lauryn Peters | Western Illinois | Junior | Forward

- Logged a goal and two assists in 2017 and 2018

- Appeared in all 35 matchers over the past two seasons

 

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