CHARLOTTE, N.C.---The Big South Conference released its 2011 women's soccer preseason poll on Monday, as voted on by league head coaches. The Campbell University women's soccer team shared the sixth place conference ranking in the poll with Winthrop University, as each school garnered 72 points in the vote. High Point University was selected to win the league, with the Panthers taking five first place votes and 108 total points.
Head coach Todd Clark looks forward to a better travel arrangement for his team as well as the balanced level of competition from top to bottom in the BSC. "From years of being on the outside looking in, I think the Big South is a league that annually has six or more teams that can win not only the regular season title but the tournament as well," Clark said. "In the Big South there is so much parity and I think that is exciting for fans and teams because every single game can be the deciding match."
As evidence of the parity within the Big South Conference, the 2010 season saw five teams tie for the regular season championship, as well as the seventh-place team play in the tournament championship match. "When five teams tie for the regular season championship like last year, every goal might mean the difference between a title and second place," Clark said.
Clark will take his team up against outside competition for the first time on Tuesday, August 9th when the Camels will travel to Johnson City, Tenn. to face former Atlantic Sun rival East Tennessee State in an exhibition match. First kick is slated for 4 p.m.
Campbell is making its return to the Big South Conference after competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference for the past 17 seasons. The Camels' athletic teams were a member of the inaugural Big South Conference from 1983-1994.
2011 Big South Conference Preseason Women's Soccer Poll
Team (first place votes) Points
1. High Point (5) 108
2. Radford (2) 102
3. Charleston Southern (2) 90
4. Coastal Carolina (1) 80
5. Liberty 75
T6. Winthrop (1) 72
T6. Campbell 72
8. Gardner-Webb 59
9. VMI 25
10. UNC Asheville 23
11. Presbyterian College 20