Concord, Wheeling Jesuit Favored in WVIAC Women's Soccer Race
WV July 20, 2007 — Defending regular season champion Concord is the
overall favorite to claim the 2007 WVIAC women's soccer
championship. The Mountain Lions received five of the ten first
place votes from league head coaches, while 2006 conference
tournament winner Wheeling Jesuit garnered four votes. Upstart
Charleston received the other first place nod.
Wheeling Jesuit was a unanimous choice to earn the Northern Division
championship as the league divides into a pair of divisions for the first time
during regular season play in 2007. Concord is picked atop the South with nine
first place votes. Charleston also received one first place ballot and is in the
second position in the South.
WVIAC newcomers Seton Hill and Pitt Johnstown hold down the second and third
spots in the Northern Division coaches' poll, followed by Shepherd and Salem
International. West Virginia Wesleyan, Davis & Elkins, and Ohio Valley round out
the predicted order of finish in the Southern Division.
Defender Megan Davies, the 2006 co-WVIAC Player of the Year, helps key a sturdy
Concord (11-10, 7-0) defense that only allowed a pair of goals in seven regular
season league matches last season. Junior Sarah Coehlo was a first team All-WVIAC
pick in goal. Veterans Laura Ciccone and Jenny Cleland key the midfield for head
coach Steve Barrett's side.
Eight returning starters are on hand at Wheeling Jesuit (13-6, 5-2). Senior
forward Katie Groff led the Cards with 13 goals last season. Lindsay Getz added
seven goals and as many assists in 2006. Senior Amanda Lyons heads up the
defense. Lauren Lewicki, a first team 2005 All-WVIAC selection in goal, returns
following a redshirt season last year.
Charleston (10-8-1, 5-2) surged into contention last season with a tie for
second place in the final WVIAC regular season standings. Senior defender Andrea
Cooper hopes to lead the Golden Eagles to back-to-back winning campaigns.
Sophomores Whitney Sharp (G) and Sharon Lapinsky (F) look to pair with a
talented crop of rookies.
Seton Hill (12-4-2) should make an immediate impact on the WVIAC standings. The
Griffins will play a full league schedule and their contests will count in the
conference race, but SHU will not officially be able to win the WVIAC title
until becoming a full NCAA Division II member in 2008-09. Nicole Pergar (16
goals in '06) and Alisha Moulton (11 goals, 7 assists) provide veteran head
coach John Fogle with a dangerous offensive duo. Goalkeeper Sam Gilarski led the
WVIAC with a 0.79 goals against average in 2006.
West Virginia Wesleyan (8-8-1, 5-2) returned to their accustomed position near
the top of the WVIAC standings last season after a rough 2005 season. Sophomores
Ashley Rees (D, 4 goals) and Jill Morrison (F, 9 goals) earned first team
all-conference accolades in 2006. Junior Katie Schubert tallied a team-high 11
goals for Glenn Francis' club last season.
Pitt Johnstown (12-3-1) will compete for their first WVIAC championship in 2007.
The Lady Cats hope to contend behind a talented sophomore class. Forward Alicia
Zack topped all league players in points (53) and goals (22) as a rookie.
Chrissy Burnsworth had a WVIAC-high 12 assists, while Lindsay Plowman booted in
eight goals of her own.
Eight returning starters should help provide an improved record at Shepherd
(8-12, 2-5). Junior forward Jennifer Corkran ranked among the conference's best
with 17 goals and eight assists last year. Defender Brandie DeWitt and
goalkeeper Amy Bell hope to shore up the Ram defense.
Senior midfielder Danielle Anderson and junior defender Emilie Humes, a pair of
second team All-WVIAC picks in 2006, are the top returnees at Davis & Elkins
Salem International (4-13, 1-6) and Ohio Valley (0-13, 0-7) each welcome new
head coaches this season. Former Slippery Rock standout Sarah Arsenault takes
the reins at SIU, while Brianne Lodato is in charge at OVU.
The top three eligible squads in each division will qualify for the WVIAC
post-season. The highest remaining seed will host the championship contest on
Sunday, November 4.
2007 WVIAC Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll
1. Wheeling Jesuit (10) 50
2. Seton Hill 35
3. Pitt Johnstown 29
4. Shepherd 24
5. Salem International 12
1. Concord (9) 48
2. Charleston (1) 36
3. West Virginia Wesleyan 35
4. Davis & Elkins 20
5. Ohio Valley 12
Wheeling Jesuit 4
NOTE: Seton Hill is not eligible for the 2007 WVIAC women's soccer title.
However, all SHU contests will count in the league standings. The Griffins will
become eligible for the conference championship upon becoming full NCAA Division