Scots Women's Soccer picked to finish second in MIAA Coaches Poll

The 2012 Alma College Women's Soccer team, who won the 2011 conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, was picked to finish second this season in the league's coaches poll. Defending champion Adrian has been chosen as the preseason favorite to win the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's soccer championship.

"It comes as no surprise that Adrian was tabbed as the preseason favorite based on the number of key returning players," said Alma Head Coach Jeff Hosler. "I believe our poll placement is a reflection of the expectations, stability and success of the program we've had in recent years, none of which we plan to change in 2012, as we pursue another championship."

In 2011, the Scots defeated Adrian, 1-0, in the MIAA Tournament Championship to advance to the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament. Alma was defeated by Capital (OH), 1-0, in a first round game played at Wheaton College (IL) and finished the season with a record of 18-4-1.

The Bulldogs, who won their first MIAA title in school history last fall with a 14-2 league record, received seven out of a possible nine first-place votes in the preseason poll of the league's coaches. Alma received one first-place vote and was chosen to finish second, while Hope received the other first-place ballot.

Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Adrian (7) 9 pts. 2. Alma (1) 18. 3. Kalamazoo 27. 4. Hope (1) 28. 5. Calvin 29. 6. Saint Mary's 45. 7. Trine 51. 8. Olivet 53. 9. Albion 64.

MIAA teams will begin nonconference play on Friday, Aug. 31, with conference action getting underway on Thursday, Sept. 13.