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Gallaudet women's soccer ranked in NEAC preseason coaches poll

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GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University women's soccer team was picked 13th in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) preseason coaches poll announced on Tuesday. The Bison accumulated 34 points in the 14-team preseason poll.

Gallaudet finished last season with a 2-15 record and 1-12 mark in conference play.

Four-time defending NEAC champion Penn St.-Berks is No. 1 as the Nittany Lions claimed 13 first-place votes and 169 points. Lancaster Bible is second with 149 points and one first-place vote while Penn College (131), SUNY Poly (129) and Penn St.-Abington (124) round out the top five.

The Bison begin the season on Friday, Sept. 1, at Trinity Washington University for a 4:30 p.m. non-conference game.

2017 NEAC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll

  1. Penn St.-Berks (13)
  2. Lancaster Bible (1)
  3. Penn College
  4. SUNY Poly
  5. Penn St.-Abington
  6. Keuka
  7. Wells
  8. Morrisville St.
  9. Cazenovia
  10. Bryn Athyn
  11. SUNY Cobleskill
  12. Wilson
  13. GALLAUDET
  14. St. Elizabeth

( ) = First-place votes

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The preseason poll rankings were conducted by the NEAC women's soccer coaches, with each coach ranking out all teams but their own using a staggered points system (14 points for a first-place vote, 13 points for second, etc.). No self-voting was allowed. This is the third year the NEAC has held preseason polls.