Reigning California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women’s soccer Champion Cal State Los Angeles was predicted to also claim the 2015 Conference Championship title following a poll of the league coaches.
The Eagles collected 130 points and five first-place votes to finish ahead of their 12 counterparts. Cal State Stanislaus, which snagged four first-place votes was picked to finish second with 128 points.
Also receiving first-place votes were 2014 NCAA West Region runner-up Cal Poly Pomona (2), Sonoma State (1), and Chico State (1). The Broncos jumped up four spots from last season’s predictions and were selected third overall with 112 points.
Cal Poly Pomona returns few playmakers from last year’s team and with the loss of CCAA Defensive Player of the Year and leading scorer Alison Sauve. This season, interim head coach Vanessa Valentine will depend on Melissa Martinez and Daisy Duran to lead the Broncos offensive efforts. Martinez ranked second behind Sauve with six goals and three assists last season, while Duran chipped in five goals and dished out a team-high six assists.
Three CCAA teams begin the 2015 campaign ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Preseason national rankings. The Warriors are ranked No. 10, while the Golden Eagles debut at No. 18 and the Broncos at No. 20.
The 2015 season begins on Thurs., Sept. 3 with 11 teams — Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State L.A., Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State San Marcos, Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State Monterey Bay, Humboldt State, Sonoma State, and UC San Diego taking on their west-region foe 12-of-13 institutions kickoff CCAA play on Fri., Sept. 18.
|2015 Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll|
|Rank||Institution||Total Points (first-place votes)|
|1.||Cal State L.A.||130 (5)|
|2.||Cal State Stanislaus||128 (4)|
|3.||Cal Poly Pomona||112 (1)|
|4.||Sonoma State||109 (2)|
|5.||Chico State||103 (1)|
|6.||Cal State San Bernardino||98|
|7.||UC San Diego||93|
|8.||Cal State Monterey Bay||55|
|9.||Cal State East Bay||54|
|10.||San Francisco State||44|
|11.||Cal State San Marcos||37|
|13.||Cal State Dominguez Hills||19|