Women's soccer slated to finish fourth in Atlantic Sun preseason poll

Aug. 10, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With training camp starting on Friday, the Jacksonville University women's soccer team was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Sun Conference, according to the preseason coaches poll released by the league office on Thursday.

"Although polls are just pre-season, I think it is a fair representation of where we hope to finish during the regular season," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "If we play well as a team, we should make the top four to get one step closer towards winning the A-Sun title and earning an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. There is a long time to go and a lot of soccer to play, so we are looking forward to seeing how it will all play out."

Kennesaw State was picked to finish first with 99 votes and Campbell is second with 77. Gardner-Webb ranked third with 71 votes, while Jacksonville (64) and Stetson (56) rounded out the top five. North Florida (55), East Tennessee State (48), Mercer (40), Belmont (30) and Lipscomb (10) made up the rest of the poll.

Last season, the Dolphins finished 8-10-3 and earned their second consecutive A-Sun semifinal berth.

JU returns 11 starters from the 2005 squad including sophomore forwards Keri Zwikker and Michelle Lavine. Zwikker earned A-Sun Freshman of the Year honors after leading the team and conference with 17 goals. Lavine gained second team all-conference and all-freshman accolades by ranking fifth nationally with 10 assists.

The Dolphins begin the 2006 season with an exhibition match at the Ashley Sports Complex against Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m.