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August 6, 2013

Mejia's Viking tabbed for second in CCIW

Augustana has been picked for second place in the 2013 CCIW pre-season women's soccer poll

NAPERVILLE, Ill.-Coming off a CCIW regular season championship and an NCAA tournament appearance in 2012, Coach Scott Mejia's Augustana women's soccer team has been tabbed for a second-place conference finish this year in a poll of the league's coaches. The Vikings received two first-place votes and 43 total points, just three behind pre-season favorite Wheaton, which received the other six first-place tallies.

  Augustana finished 16-5 a year ago and won the CCIW regular season title with a perfect 7-0 mark. Wheaton, which defeated the Vikings in the CCIW tournament, was 21-4-2 in 2012 and 5-1-1 in the league.  

Illinois Wesleyan (9-9, 5-2-0 in 2012) was picked for third in this year's poll with 37 points, followed by North Central (6-9-3, 2-3-2), who was fourth 29 points. Elmhurst (8-6-3, 1-4-2) received 27 votes to rank fifth, with North Park (5-9-2, 1-4-2) picked for sixth with 19 votes.   Carthage (5-10-4, 1-4-2), with 16 points and Millikin (5-11-3, 1-5-1), with seven, rounded out the poll.  

Augustana opens its 2013 season on August 30 against UW-Oshkosh in Aurora, Illinois. The Vikings' home opener at Thorson-Lucken Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on September 14 against Prinicipia.  

2013 CCIW Pre-Season Women's Soccer Poll

Rank Team Points First Place Votes
1 Wheaton 46 6
2 Augustana 43 2
3 Illinois Wesleyan 37
4 North Central 29
5 Elmhurst 27
6 North Park 19
7 Carthage 16
8 Millikin 7