Uphill Climb Begins for Women’s Soccer after Preseason Poll is Released

Uphill Climb Begins for Women’s Soccer after Preseason Poll is Released

WINTER PARK, Fla. – The 2012 Sunshine State Conference Tournament Champion Tampa Spartans narrowly received the nod as the favorite to win the 2013 SSC women's soccer title.

The Spartans received 61 points and five of the nine first-place votes, while Rollins earned 60 points and collected the remaining four first-place votes to sit in the second position in a preseason poll conducted among the conference head women's soccer coaches. 

The Tars, who were the 2012 preseason favorite, captured the 2012 regular-season championship before falling to Tampa in the SSC title match in penalty kicks, 4-2. The two teams met again in the South Region semifinal where Tampa advanced with a 1-0 victory.

Florida Southern received 47 points to be placed third, where they finished the 2012 season. Nova Southeastern (38 points) and Florida Tech (31 points) rounded out the top-five. Concluding the poll was Lynn (27 points), Barry (26 points), Eckerd (25 points) and Saint Leo (9 points), respectively.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released its preseason poll on Aug. 13 with Tampa ranked No. 8 and Rollins at No. 15.

2013 Sunshine State Conference Preseason Women's Soccer Poll

Rank – Team, Points (1st-place votes)

1 – Tampa, 61 (5)

2 – Rollins, 60 (4)

3 – Florida Southern, 47

4 – Nova Southeastern, 38

5 – Florida Tech, 31

6 – Lynn, 27

7 – Barry, 26

8 – Eckerd, 25

9 – Saint Leo, 9