Aug. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Washington (Mo.) Athletics

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Washington University in St. Louis women’s soccer team is ranked No. 2 in the NSCAA/adidas preseason top-25 poll, as announced by the website.
Third-year head coach Jim Conlon returns 18 letterwinners and six starters from last year’s team, which advanced to the NCAA Division III national championship game before falling to No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Messiah College. The Bears tied a school record with a 17-4-3 overall record, and won their fourth-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) championship.
Three all-UAA performers return for the Bears in 2010, including junior forward Emma Brown. A second-team all-UAA and NCAA All-Tournament Team selection a year ago, Brown led the conference in goals scored (15) and points (36).
Sophomore goalkeeper Clara Jaques joined Brown on the all-UAA second team, and also picked up UAA Rookie of the Year honors. Jaques recorded a 16-4-3 record with six shutouts in 23 games started as a freshman. Junior Lee Ann Felder, an honorable-mention all-UAA honoree in 2009, started all 24 games in the midfield and recorded six goals and eight assists for 20 points.
Also returning for the Bears are three starting defenders: senior Julie Tembunkiart (20 starts) and juniors Natalie Callaghan (23 starts) and Alyssa Marulli (22 starts).
Defending national champion Messiah enters the season as the No. 1 ranked team in Division III. The Bears will face four teams ranked in the preseason top-25 poll:  Wheaton College (Ill.) (No. 12), Calvin College (No. 15), University of Chicago (No. 22) and Illinois Wesleyan University (No. 24).
Washington University opens up the 2010 season on the road on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Division I Southeast Missouri State University. Washington U. begins its UAA title defense on Oct. 3, at home against Emory University. The Bears have won seven UAA championships in school history.

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