CONWAY, S.C. The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team has been picked to finish third in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll as voted by the Leagues Head Womens Soccer Coaches and Sports Information Directors, the conference announced today (Aug. 13). In addition, redshirt junior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) finished runner-up in the voting for the Big South Preseason Player of the Year.
Coastal received 98 points, including three first-place votes, to finish third in the balloting. Liberty was picked to win the conference, garnering 109 points and five first-place votes. Winthrop earned the second spot by one point, getting 99 points and a League-high six first-place votes. Coastal was followed by UNC Asheville (90 points, one first-place vote), High Point (59 points), Radford (57 points), Charleston Southern (45 points, one first-place vote) and VMI (19 points).
McColl received three first-place votes and eight overall points to finish second in the Preseason Player of the Year voting. Winthrops Dimitra Poulos, the 2006 Big South Player of the Year, was named the Preseason Player of the Year with 11 first-place votes and 25 points. McColl was followed by UNC Ashevilles Robyn Busha (seven points, one first-place vote) and Charleston Southerns Emma Mattsson (four points, one first-place vote).
McColl is a two-year starter for the Lady Chanticleers in the midfield. The 2007 All-Big South Tournament Team member scored three goals and added three assists last season and currently has 19 career points. McColl also is playing on the New Zealand Womens National Team and played 24 minutes in a friendly against the United States this past Sunday.
Coastal opens the 2007 season Monday, Sept. 3 at Wofford. Game time is at 6 p.m.