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TUSCULUM TABBED FIFTH IN PRESEASON SAC WOMEN'S SOCCER POLL

South Atlantic ConferenceROCK HILL, S.C. --- The Tusculum College women’s soccer team is picked to finish fifth in the race for the 2009 South Atlantic Conference title, announced league officials Monday. The Pioneers received 46 points in a vote of the nine conference head coaches.

Tusculum returns 14 letter-winners from last year’s 10-9-1 squad, including junior midfielder and Preseason All-SAC First Team selection Courtney Turner. Joining Turner on the Preseason All-SAC Second Team is sophomore midfielder Michelle Meade, who finished the 2008 campaign second in the conference with nine assists.

Defending champion Carson-Newman College is tabbed as the unanimous preseason favorite in a vote of the conference coaches with nine first place votes and 81 total points. Catawba College is second with 62 points, followed by Wingate University (55), Lenoir-Rhyne University (53), Tusculum (46), Lincoln Memorial University (42), Newberry College (36), Mars Hill College (18), and Brevard College (12).

Tusculum opens the 2009 season on Friday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. against Davis and Elkins College in the second match of the Tusculum Soccer Classic.

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2009 SAC WOMEN'S SOCCER COACHES POLL

Pl School Pts.
1. Carson-Newman (9) 81
2. Catawba 62
3. Wingate 55
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 53
5. Tusculum 46
6. Lincoln Memorial 42
7. Newberry 36
8. Mars Hill 18
9. Brevard 12
(First place votes in parenthesis)

2009 WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON ALL-SAC

FIRST TEAM

Forward - Kelly Adams, Wingate
Forward - Laura Linehan, Lenoir-Rhyne
Forward - Kerstin Williams, Wingate
Forward - Abby Martin, Mars Hill
Midfielder - Amberly Fowler, Newberry
Midfielder - Becky Thompson, Lincoln Memorial
Midfielder - Misha Price, Mars Hill
Midfielder - Courtney Turner, Tusculum
Defender - Melissa Morris, Carson-Newman
Defender - Catherine Hauck, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defender - Katie Hunter, Carson-Newman
Defender - Madi Welch, Wingate
Goalkeeper - Lauren Mackenzie, Carson-Newman

SECOND TEAM
Forward - Morgan Gruenfelder, Carson-Newman
Forward - Trenna Howell, Carson-Newman
Forward - Nikki Brennan, Carson-Newman
Forward - Rebecca Lin, Lenoir-Rhyne
Midfielder - Nikki Blackwelder, Catawba
Midfielder - Audrey Moore, Lenoir-Rhyne
Midfielder - Caity Murnahan, Mars Hill
Midfielder - Allie Johns, Newberry
Midfielder - Michele Meade, Tusculum
Defender - Jessie Stephens, Carson-Newman
Defender - Samantha Baldwin, Wingate
Defender - Sara Geisman, Newberry
Defender - Brittany Downs, Mars Hill
Goalkeeper - Lindsay Webster, Catawba
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