ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Union College women’s soccer team has been voted ninth in the 2015 Appalachian Athletic Conference Coaches’ Preseason Poll, which was released by the conference office on Tuesday night.
Overall, the Bulldogs garnered 29 total voting points in the ranking to take the ninth position in the poll.
Elsewhere, defending AAC Tournament Champion Reinhardt (Georgia) is voted the heavy favorite to win the 2015 AAC Championship. Reinhardt collected 10 first-place votes for 120 total voting points, the most any one team could receive.
Tennessee Wesleyan is slated to finish second with 105 voting points, while Point (Georgia) and Truett-McConnell (Georgia) are tied for third with 86 points each. St. Andrews (North Carolina), which picked up the only other first-place vote, comes in at fifth with 85 points.
Making up the rest of the field are Columbia (South Carolina) (62 points), Montreat (North Carolina) (60 points), Milligan (Tennessee) (53 points), Union, Bryan (Tennessee) (28 points) and Bluefield (Virginia) (12 points).
Union is led by Camila Mendes, who enters her fifth season at the helm of the Bulldogs. Mendes and the Bulldogs are looking to improve from a 7-9-1 record a season ago. The Bulldogs will be led offensively by Sharika Ingram (SR/Manchester, Jamaica), who ranked third on the team with five goals and second with three assists in 2014.
Kendall Ellington (JR/London), an All-AAC Second Team in 2014 returns at goalkeeper for the Bulldogs. Ellington collected 92 saves and ranked 35th nationally in saves per game (6.57) during the 2014 season.
Union will open their 2015 campaign on Aug. 26 as they host Georgetown for the first home sporting event of the 2015-2016 athletic season. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.