Women’s Soccer Tabbed Sixth in Landmark Preseason Poll

TOWSON, MD – The Landmark Conference announced its 2014 Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll on Wednesday. The Juniata Eagles came in sixth with a total of 22 points and just three points away from fifth-place Moravian (25).

Conference newcomers Elizabethtown College secured four first place votes and 59 total points to lead the poll. The University of Scranton was picked second with one first place vote and 46 points while the 2013 champion, Drew University, was voted third with 42 points and two first-place votes. Catholic University rounds out the top half of the poll with the final first-place vote and 40 points. Goucher College (7-9-2, 2-3-1) earned the seventh spot with 15 points and Susquehanna University (1-14-2, 0-6) wraps up the poll in eighth with seven points.

The Eagles are coming off a record-breaking 2013 campaign that saw them set a new program record for wins in a season (14), goals in a season (55), and tied the best marks for longest unbeaten streak (7) and fewest losses (6). With a 4-2 record in the Landmark Conference regular season, Juniata finished the year second in the league and qualified for the postseason tournament for just the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2010. After the Eagles fell to the eventual conference champion Rangers, they earned a bid to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Tournament – just the second ECAC bid for the program.
Juniata begins its 2014 season on August 30th against Capital University at 4 p.m. at Winton Hill Field. The Crusaders, ranked #14 in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, ended last season with a final record of 19-5-2 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four.