First-year Mountain Lions picked to finish at bottom of RMAC

By Doug Fitzgerald published August 19, 2008

In what amounts to no surprise to anyone, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' first-year women's soccer program was predicted to finish at the bottom of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the preseason coaches' poll which was released Tuesday.

Conference coaches ranked teams from 1-9 (omitting their own team) with one being the team they felt would finish the highest.

Fort Lewis was picked as the preseason favorite to win the RMAC with seven first-place votes and only 11 points overall. Metro State was tabbed second with 15 points and the other three first-place votes. Those two were followed by Colorado School of Mines and Colorado State-Pueblo, which were in a third-place tie.

The Mountain Lions will be competing in women's soccer for the first time this season. Coach Nichole Rick will take on some of the finest competition in all of Division II with a roster comprised of one senior, six juniors, three sophomores and 16 freshmen.

The top six teams in the regular season advance to the RMAC tournament. The first round will be played on Wednesday, November 5. The #3 seed will host the #6 seed, while the #5 seed travels to the #4 seed. The winners of those matches will go to the #1 site for the semi-finals on Friday, November 7. The championship will be on Sunday, November 9.

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