INDIANAPOLIS- UIndy’s women’s soccer team is projected to finish sixth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in the 2009 season, according to a preseason coaches poll released by the league Wednesday. The Hounds totaled 142 points, just one vote shy of Rockhurst and two back of fourth-ranked Drury. Defending league-champion Wisconsin-Parkside was selected as the preseason favorite, amassing 196 total points and a maximum 14 first-place mentions.
2008 league runner-up Northern Kentucky was second with 176 points, grabbing the lone other first-place vote. Quincy was a close third with 174 points.
The Greyhounds are coming off an 11-5-2 season from 2008, a campaign that fell just short of the NCAA tournament after an overtime loss to Northern Kentucky in the GLVC tournament semifinals. The squad returns nine starters from last season— including the senior duo of Ashley Seehase (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) and Amanda Reese (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Carroll), who combined for 35 points a year ago— part of 19 total letterwinners back in the fold. Head Coach Geoff VanDeusen is 19-15-2 in his two seasons at the helm of the Greyhound program.
Illinois-Springfield and Maryville will be competing in the GLVC for the first time in 2009. The two new members bring the league’s membership to 15 for the 2009-10 academic year. Illinois-Springfield will not be eligible for the conference women’s soccer tournament until 2010 and Maryville will be eligible in 2011.
The 15 member institutions will compete in a 14-match round robin conference schedule and the top eight teams in the league standings will advance to the 2009 GLVC Tournament which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 1. The highest remaining seed following the quarterfinal round will host the GLVC semifinals and final on Nov. 6 and 8, respectively.
UIndy opens its season with a pair of matches at home, hosting Saginaw Valley State Aug. 28 and Northern Michigan on Aug. 30. The regular season wraps with a home tilt against GLVC-newcomer Maryville on Oct. 25 with the league tourney slated for the following weekend.