MVC Preseason Poll Projects Missouri State Women's Soccer to Finish Second
The Missouri Valley Conference released its 2009 women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll today. The Missouri State Bears were picked to finish second behind Illinois State. The Bears and Redbirds each received three first-place votes in the poll. Creighton, Evansville, Drake, UNI and Indiana State round out the poll.
“We have a young team,” said head coach Rob Brewer. “We have a solid defense and have added attackers, so I am cautiously optimistic. It is good to see that other coaches recognize the quality of core returners we have. The Valley is a challenge every season. We are going to be competitive and I think that we will be as good as anybody in the league.”
The MVC also announced the preseason All-MVC team today. Senior Samantha Aguilar and junior Jordan Reppell were the two Bears on the squad. Aguilar led the Bears in goals scored (7), game winning goals (3) and points (17), while starting 14 of the 19 matches she played in 2008. She had at least one point in eight of the 19 games and converted the clinching penalty kick in the MVC Tournament quarterfinal win over Creighton.
Reppell started all 19 matches on defense for the Bears last year and was an All-MVC First-Team selection.
The Bears were 10-7-2 last season, going 3-3-0 in conference play. Missouri State advanced to the semi-finals of the State Farm MVC Tournament in 2008 before falling to the number one seed and eventual champion, Evansville.
“Sam and Jordan deserve this honor,” stated Brewer. “They are leaders on this team and are at the top of their game. If they continue to work hard, they could be among the best in the MVC.”
The women’s soccer team will play three exhibition matches in four days at Plaster Sports Complex beginning on Thursday, August 13 against Drury at 6 p.m. The Bears also host Missouri Southern on Friday at 3 p.m. and Central Missouri on Sunday at 6 p.m. All three matches will be played at Plaster Sports Complex. The Bears’ regular season opener is August 21 at the University of Oklahoma.
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2009 MVC Women's Soccer Pre-Season Team