Aug. 18, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - UNM was selected to finish third behind Utah and BYU in the Mountain West Conference women's soccer title in a vote by the league's coaches released today.
Third place is the highest preseason ranking for the Lobos in MWC history. The women have been picked to finish fifth the last three years.
The Lobos return nine starters including All-MWC first-team and All-MWC Tournament goalkeeper Kristen Winters to a team that finished 12-8-1 overall (3-2-1 conference) last year and finished second in the conference tournament.
The Utes collected a total of 34 points (four first-place votes) to capture the top position in the poll. BYU, which collected three first-place votes (33 total points), was picked to finish second in the ballot, followed by UNM (26), UNLV (19) and San Diego State (18). Air Force (9) and Wyoming (8) rounded out the voting as they were picked to finish sixth and seventh, respectively.
Utah is picked to winits first-ever MWC regular season crown after finishing 13-4-3 last season and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament play in its first appearance in school history. The Utes, led by second-year head coach Rick Manning, return 14 letterwinners and six starters from the 2002 squad. BYU, (16-6 overall, 6-0) the 2002 regular season and MWC Tournament champion, also returns 14 letterwinners (10 starters) from last year's NCAA Tournament team, including three-time All-American Aleisha Rose and MWC Freshman of the Year Brooke Bowman.
|2003 MWC Preseason Coaches Poll|
|Pl.||Team (1st votes)||Pts.|
|5.||San Diego State||18|