ODAC Poll Unkind To EMU Women

Ted Erickson (left) gets his first collegiate head coaching position, taking over an EMU team which just completed their best season in seven years.

After last year's return to the ODAC Tournament, the EMU soccer women are being left with room to surprise once again.  The Royals were picked No. 9 in the ODAC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll, as the ODAC coaches predicted that Eastern Mennonite would be left one spot out of the eight-team conference tourney.  They finished in a tie for seventh place in 2013.

The women totaled 49 points, two tallies ahead of Guilford at 47, but still behind Emory & Henry at No. 8 with 63 points.  EMU beat the Wasps last year, 1-0.  Lynchburg, which has won the last four ODAC Championships, received 10 first-place votes and is No. 1 in the preseason poll.  Washington and Lee split the remaining top votes with Virginia Wesleyan, as the two teams were No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Eastern Mennonite returns eight starters from last year's 10-9 season (5-7 ODAC).  All-ODAC Second Team forward Nora Osei (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) was fourth in the conference last fall with 14 goals and 31 points, providing EMU's biggest scoring presence.  Junior midfielder Morgan Hill (Martinsville, Va./Carlisle) was second in the league with nine assists and has racked up 15 assists in her two seasons.  Classmate Elisa Ott (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) also hit double figures in points last year, with four goals and two assists.

The Royals open their year with two games in the Baltimore, Md., area this weekend.  They play at Stevenson Friday at 4:00pm, followed by a date at Goucher Saturday at 1:00pm.

Click here to see the entire 2014 EMU women's soccer schedule.

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2014 ODAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes first place votes

1. Lynchburg (10)

141 pts.

2. Washington and Lee (1)

130 pts.

3. Virginia Wesleyan (2)

124 pts.

4. Roanoke

107 pts.

5. Bridgewater

103 pts.

6. Shenandoah

91 pts.

7. Randolph-Macon

78 pts.

8. Emory & Henry

63 pts.

9. Eastern Mennonite

49 pts.

10. Guilford

47 pts.

11. Randolph

39 pts.

12. Hollins

21 pts.

12. Sweet Briar

21 pts.