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Lumberjacks Picked Sixth in 2013 Preseason Poll

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - With the 2013 Soccer season right around the corner, the Big Sky pre-season poll has been released.  Northern Arizona has been picked to finish sixth in the Big Sky after finishing last season with a 5-9-5 record 3-3-3 in the Big Sky.

Entering his 13th season as NAU head coach, Andre Luciano brings back an experienced team with ten starters including goalkeeper Lauren Weaver who earned her second All-Big Sky Honorable Mention selection last season.  Not only do the Lumberjacks bring back seasoned veterans, but they also add 15 newcomers to the team as well. 

NAU will begin their season August 23 on the road against Long Beach State and will head home for their home opener against Lamar on August 25, which will air on Fox Sports Arizona.  

Claiming the top spot of the pre-season poll is Idaho State and Portland who ended up tied for first with 68 votes each.  Idaho State, after winning the Big Sky tournament last year, earned the most first place votes this year with four.  

2013 Coaches Poll

T1. Idaho State (4)……… 68

T1. Portland State (1)…. 68

3. Montana (2)……………. 65

4. Weber State (2)………. 58

5. Northern Colorado….. 57

6. Northern Arizona (1)... 43

7. Sacramento State…….. 37

8. Eastern Washington…. 28

9. Southern Utah………….. 16

10. North Dakota………….. 10