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August 7, 2013

WOMEN’S SOCCER PICKED SEVENTH IN PRESEASON BIG SKY POLL

OGDEN, Utah – The Sacramento State women's soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the preseason Big Sky Coaches' Poll, the conference announced Wednesday.

The Hornets garnered 37 points in the poll to place seventh ahead of Eastern Washington, Southern Utah, and North Dakota. Defending Big Sky champion Idaho State and Portland State tied for first with 68 points apiece, though the Bengals earned a conference-best four first place votes. Montana, Weber State, Northern Colorado, and Northern Arizona were ranked third through sixth ahead of Sacramento State.

Head Coach Randy Dedini's Hornets return five starters and 15 letter winners from their 2012 squad that went 5-9-4 overall and 3-4-2 in the Big Sky, finishing eighth in the conference. Among the returners are four All Big-Sky performers in junior Jessica Small and sophomores Kassidy Kellogg, Alyssa Anderson, and McKenna Swanson. Kellogg was an All-Big Sky second team selection as a true freshman while Anderson, Small, and Swanson earned honorable mention accolades.

That talented group of underclassmen are part of large junior and sophomore classes which will be joined by four seniors, five newcomers, and five players coming off redshirt seasons. The Hornets will have the benefit of playing five Big Sky matches at home with only four conference matches on the road.

The team will play its first of two exhibition games next Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at Santa Clara before hosting the Sacramento Storm in an exhibition game at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. The Hornets kick off the regular season against Causeway rival UC Davis on Aug. 23 in Davis.

2013 Big Sky Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll 

School

Total Votes (1st Place Votes)

T1. Idaho State

68 (4)

T1. Portland State

68 (1)

3. Montana

65 (2)

4. Weber State

58 (2)

5. Northern Colorado

57

6. Northern Arizona

43 (1)

7. Sacramento State

37

8. Eastern Washington

28

9. Southern Utah

16

10. North Dakota

10

 

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