ST. PAUL, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Morris women’s soccer team finished second in the UMAC Preseason Poll, released by the conference office on Monday. The Cougars took 43 points and two first-place votes in the poll of the conference’s head coaches.
The favorite heading into the 2021 UMAC women’s soccer season is the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The Yellowjackets ended with 46 points and five first-place votes in the poll. Minnesota Morris was close behind with 43 points and two first-place votes. The remaining first-place vote went to the University of Northwestern, who were in third place with 40 points.
Bethany Lutheran College was picked to finish fourth in the UMAC, collecting 29 points. Martin Luther College was fifth with 25 points and Crown College was sixth with 19 points. Northland College (13 points) and North Central University (nine points) rounded out the poll.
Minnesota Morris returns an impressive amount of talent from last season’s 6-5-0 squad, which ended in third place in the UMAC standings. Monica Calderon was a First Team All-UMAC selection after scoring eight goals and adding five assists. Jay Kwateh was also a First Team choice as a defender. Harper Toward was Second Team All-UMAC after leading the Cougars with eight assists. Caroline O’Donnell and Emma Giere also took home conference honors as defenders.
The 2021 season gets underway for the Cougars on Wednesday with a 5:30 p.m. home match against the College of Saint Benedict. The UMAC schedule opens with a road match at Crown on Sept. 18. The first of seven home UMAC matches will be on Sept. 24 against North Central and concludes with Senior Day against Northland on Oct. 30. The top-four teams in the conference will advance to the UMAC Tournament, with semifinals on Nov. 3 and the championship match on Nov. 6.
Points (First-Place Votes)