CLEVELAND, OHIO -- The Hiram College women's soccer team was picked to finish eighth in the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll that was released today (Thursday, Aug. 23). [2012 NCAC Preseason Poll]
The Terriers had 17 points to place eighth of nine teams. Defending NCAC Tournament Champions Ohio Wesleyan University was picked to repeat as the favorite with 76 points and six of nine first-place votes. Allegheny (Pa.) College was second at 68 points and one first-place vote and Denison University rounded out the top three schools with 61 points and two first-place votes.
Hiram (3-13-2, 0-7-1 NCAC in 2011), will return nine starters and one goalkeeper from last year and will be led by six seniors, including leading scorer and All-NCAC forward Ernestina Zappa (Brooklyn/Laurel). To go along with nine starters, the Terriers also welcome back 13 letterwinners to this season's roster.
Zappa led the team in almost every statistical category including: goals (six), assists (three) and total points (15). She started all 18 games in 2011 and had a .261 shot percentage tallying 23 shots with 12 being on goal.
The Terriers open the 2012 season on Friday, Aug 31 against Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y. The game will be one of eight non-conference games to begin the season before Hiram opens North Coast Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 22 against DePauw (Ind.) University. The Terriers will play seven of 10 games in September at home, but will only play three of its final seven games at home in the month of October to wrap-up the regular season.