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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The Covenant women's soccer team was picked to finish third in the USA South's West Division, as the league unveiled its annual preseason coaches' poll on Wednesday afternoon.
Each divisional preseason poll only includes votes from coaches within that particular division-only. Head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting.
Covenant, coming off an 11-7-1 season in 2017 and a run to the USA South Tournament semifinals, picked up 50 total points in the division to be placed third. The Lady Scots have finished in the top three in the division in each of the last two seasons and return 10 starters from last season's squad that went 5-2 in league play.
Defending division co-champions Maryville and Piedmont tied atop the league's poll in the West. Maryville tallied five first place votes and 60 points, while Piedmont garnered the other four first place tallies and also had 60 points. Brevard (37 points) and Huntingdon (35 points) complete the top five in the division.
In the East, reigning USA South Tournament champion Methodist collected 41 points and two first place votes to take the preseason favorite role. Salem had three first place votes and 40 overall points to be selected second.
The USA South Tournament begins on Oct. 24 with the top six teams in each division qualifying.
Covenant will open its 25th season of competition, all under head coach Mark Duble, on Aug. 31 against No. 5-ranked Messiah in Grantham, Pa. Covenant's home opener is set for Sept. 12 against Sewanee.
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