Related: USA South Release
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The Covenant women's soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the USA South's West Division as the league announced its preseason coaches poll on Wednesday.
Covenant, coming off a 10-5-1 season in 2015, garnered 31 total points to place fourth in the division. The Lady Scots, under 23-year head coach Mark Duble, return 19 players and six starters off last season's squad which went 8-3-1 in the USA South and advanced to the conference tournament.
Maryville and Piedmont tied for the top spot in the division with 45 points apiece, but Piedmont tallied five first place votes while Maryville had three. USA South newcomer Salem was selected third with 38 points and Agnes Scott was fifth with 25 points. LaGrange (18 points), Huntingdon (13 points) and Wesleyan (nine points) rounded out the division rankings.
In the East, Meredith and Methodist shared the top spot with 46 total points and four first place votes each. Ferrum (32 points), N.C. Wesleyan (31 points) and Greensboro (27 points) completed the top five in the division.
The USA South Tournament will begin on Oct. 28 at campus sites. The top six teams from each division will qualify for the tournament.
Covenant begins its season on Sept. 1 at Berry in Rome, Ga. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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