Saint Leo, Fla. (August 8, 2006) - The SLU women's soccer team and first-year head coach Ged O'Connor was picked third in the 2006 SSC Women's Soccer Pre-Season Poll released today. Defending champion Tampa was picked to repeat, while last year's runner-up, Barry University, was second. The Lions women's soccer team matched its highest ever finish a season ago when it went 5-2-1 in league play, which was good for third-place.

Voting for the SSC pre-season polls was conducted among the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

The SLU men's and women's soccer teams both open their 2006 campaigns on Thursday, August 24. The men will host Briar Cliff University at University Field, while the women will travel to St. Petersburg, Fla. to face Eckerd College in a non-conference encounter. Both matches will kick off at 7:00 p.m.