Women's Soccer Team Picked to Finish 4th in HCAC

Women's Soccer Team Picked to Finish 4th in HCAC

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season, in a preseason poll of league coaches released August 17.

The women's soccer squad finished 11-8 overall and 6-3 in conference play in 2016 to qualify for its third HCAC Tournament in the last four years.

Rose-Hulman returns 19 letter winners from last season's roster, including 10 starters from a team that allowed just 25 goals in 19 matches.  Individually, first-team all-league honorees Jessica Wells and Madeline Romeo return, and Wells was named 2016 HCAC Freshman of the Year.  Honorable mention all-league selection Samantha Jacobs also returns to the lineup.  Last year's starting goalkeeper Carli Weinberg (1.14 GAA) also returns to help bolster the defensive effort.

The 2017 Rose-Hulman home schedule includes nine games and five HCAC contests.  The regular season wraps up with four of the last five matches at home, including preseason league co-favorites Franklin (Oct. 25) and Hanover (Oct. 28).  Rose-Hulman also hits the road to face defending NCAA Division III national champion Washington University (Mo.) on Sept. 7.

2017 HCAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL

Finish Team First Place Votes 2016 Overall Record  2016 HCAC Record
1 Hanover 85 (5) 14-6 8-1

Franklin 85 (4) 16-4 8-1
3 Mt. St. Joseph    72 11-7-1 7-2
4 Rose-Hulman 69 (1) 11-8 6-3
5 Transylvania 58 4-11-2 4-5
6 Anderson 51 8-5-3 4-4-1
7 Manchester 41 4-11 4-5
8 Earlham 39 1-14-1 1-7-1
9 Defiance 29 2-13 2-7
10 Bluffton 21 0-11 0-9