GRINNELL, Iowa – Fresh off its first ever Midwest Conference (MWC) championship and its first trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Knox College women’s soccer team has been picked by the league coaches to earn its second straight league title.
The Prairie Fire went perfect against MWC competition last fall, garnering 11 victories between the regular season and the four-team conference tournament. In the poll, they earned four first-place votes, tied for the most in the league with Lake Forest College, to earn 75 points, narrowly edging out the Foresters by two. St. Norbert College earned the final two top tallies and finished third with 65 points. Grinnell College took fourth in the poll with 63.
Ripon College is expected to finish fifth in the conference for the second straight fall (46 points), while Illinois College and Monmouth College tied for sixth with 38 points. Beloit College (22), Cornell College (18) and Lawrence University (13) complete the 10-team poll.
The 2017 regular season starts on September 1 with all 10 teams in action. League play kicks off Saturday, September 23 and the MWC Tournament will take place at the home field of the regular season champion on November 3-4.
MWC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Knox (4) 75
2. Lake Forest (4) 73
3. St. Norbert (2) 65
4. Grinnell 63
5. Ripon 46
6. Illinois College 38
6. Monmouth 38
8. Beloit 22
9. Cornell 18
10. Lawrence 13