OGDEN, Utah - Defending Big Sky
Champion Northern Arizona collected two first-place votes,
collecting 40 points overall in being picked to finish second in
the Big Sky in the preseason coaches poll. The Lumberjacks come
into the season with 10 returning starters from last season's
championship squad, including 2008 Newcomer of the Year Jenna
Samora. Samora finished her freshman season with 16 points and
seven goals, placing her third in the conference in points and tied
for second in goals.
The Big Sky Conference coaches selected Weber State as the favorite to win the 2009 soccer championship.
The Wildcats won the regular season title last season but were defeated on their own pitch by Northern Arizona in the Big Sky Championship match. Even without four time All-Conference selection Hayley McCoy, the coaches think that Weber State returns enough talent to win the conference title. Weber State received six of the seven first-place votes for a near unanimous selection. Coaches could not vote for their own team.
Last season’s favorite, Sacramento State, looks to rebound from missing the conference tournament last season. Before 2008, the Hornets had made three straight appearances in the postseason. The coaches think the Hornets will return to the tournament and voted them third with 38 points.
Montana, Portland State, Northern Colorado, Idaho State, and Eastern Washington round out the poll. Both Montana and Portland State were conference tournament participants in 2008.
The first conference matches are slated for Oct. 8. The top four teams from the regular season will advance to the Big Sky Championship Nov. 5 & 8 at the site of the regular-season champion.
Complete results of the poll are below. A first-place vote was worth seven points, a second-place vote worth six points, etc.
2009 Big Sky Soccer Preseason
School (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Weber State (6) 48
2. Northern Arizona (2) 40
3. Sacramento State 38
4. Montana 28
5. Portland State 27
6. Northern Colorado 20
7. Idaho State 15
8. Eastern Washington 8
-- Big Sky Release --