Panthers Are Preseason Favorites For 15th-Straight League Crown
Aug. 19, 2014
MILWAUKEE - High expectations are nothing new for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer program, and that's exactly what Horizon League coaches have in mind of the Panthers this year.
After winning the league's regular season title for the 14th-straight year and the league tournament title for the sixth-straight season, Milwaukee has officially been picked to finish on top again in the league's preseason coaches' poll.
UWM garnered six first-place votes and 62 points overall. Oakland, which lost to Milwaukee in the Horizon League Tournament Championship, was picked second with 51 points and two first-place votes. Wright State also received a first-place nod and was voted third with 50 points.
Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.
The Panthers enter 2014 looking for their 15th-straight regular season championship, a streak that is currently the longest active in NCAA Division I women's soccer.
Milwaukee returns the bulk of last year's roster, including league player of the year Kelly Lewers and First-Team All-Horizon League selections Krissy Dorre and Kelsey Holbert, all of which are entering their senior campaigns. All-league second-team member and senior Amy Kauffung leads the defensive unit, while all-freshman members Paige Lincicum and Kelly Manski will start their sophomore seasons with the Black and Gold.
UWM kicks off its season Friday, taking on Tennessee in Madison, Wis. at 4 p.m.
Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll