Women's soccer voted ODAC favorite in 2018

Women's soccer players high-fiving.

Forest, Va. -- Following yet another Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship, the league's coaches have tabbed University of Lynchburg's women's soccer program as the favorite for the 2018 campaign in their annual preseason ballot.

Lynchburg, the defending league champion and a qualifier for the NCAA's Division III Sweet 16 a year ago, earned seven of the 14 first-place votes and topped the conference with 163 points in the poll.

Virginia Wesleyan ranked second with 155 points and five top nods. Washington and Lee followed with 140 points, while Bridgewater sat fourth with 137 points and two first-place votes.

Roanoke (125) and Randolph-Macon (112) also topped the century mark in the voting, trailed by Shenandoah, Ferrum, Eastern Mennonite, Emory & Henry, Guilford, Randolph, Hollins, and Sweet Briar.

RELATED: 2018 ODAC women's soccer preseason poll

Lynchburg's head into the 2018 campaign looking to repeat the success of a season ago, when they won the league for the 15th time and reached the NCAA tournament's Round of 16 for the sixth time in program history. The Hornets finished 20-4 and won a pair of national tournament matches.

Five All-ODAC players return from that squad, including a pair of first-teamers in senior forward Caitlin Mertens (Succasunna, N.J.) and senior midfielder Kara Rombough (Fredericksburg, Va.). Two second-team selections, graduate student midfielder Rachel Cooke (Charlottesville, Va.) and senior forward Kennedy Jakubek (Leesburg, Va.), are also back for the Hornets, along with one third-teamer, junior midfielder Georgie Duggan (Stafford, Va.).

Lynchburg opens the season at home next weekend with the annual Shellenberger Classic, kicking the year off Friday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. vs. Gettysburg. The tournament will continue Saturday, Sept. 1 as Gettysburg and Roanoke play at 2 p.m., followed by Lynchburg and Maryville at 4:30.

RELATED: 2018 Lynchburg women's soccer schedule

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2018 ODAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL

(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. University of Lynchburg (7)

163 pts.

2. Virginia Wesleyan University (5)

155 pts.

3. Washington and Lee University

140 pts.

4. Bridgewater College (2)

137 pts.

5. Roanoke College

125 pts.

6. Randolph-Macon College

112 pts.

7. Shenandoah University

99 pts.

8. Ferrum College

82 pts.

9. Eastern Mennonite University

71 pts.

10. Emory & Henry College

55 pts.

10. Guilford College

55 pts.

12. Randolph College

42 pts.

13. Hollins University

21 pts.

14. Sweet Briar College

17 pts.

--LYN--

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September 15, 2018 Women's soccer blanks Emory U.
Fri Sep 20
at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. -- Day 1
Sat Sep 21
at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. -- Day 2
Sat Sep 21
Fresno State
vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Match
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Sat Sep 21
2:00 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
Parents Weekend
Sat Sep 21
2:00 PM
Southern Virginia
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Sep 21
4:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Lynchburg
Sun Sep 22
at Bridgewater Invitational, Lakeview GC, Harrisonburg, Va. -- Day 1
Sun Sep 22
at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. -- Day 3
Mon Sep 23
at Bridgewater Invitational, Lakeview GC, Harrisonburg, Va. -- Day 2
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Fri Nov 08
TBA
Lynchburg
vs. TBA
@ Hood College, Frederick, Md. MMI Tip-Off Tournament
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Fri Aug 30
Final
4 Roanoke
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Sep 07
Final
0 Maryville (Tenn.)
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Regent
10 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
Final
2 No. 16 Mary Washington
0 vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
Final
1 No. 13 Oglethorpe
2 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
Final - 2OT
0 Lynchburg
0 at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Oct 16
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 19
7:30 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
7:00 PM
Shenandoah
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Fri Nov 01
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- First Round
Sun Nov 03
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
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No Event
Sat Aug 31
Final
2 No. 10 Johns Hopkins
0 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sun Sep 01
Final
2 Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
7 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sat Sep 07
Final
1 Maryville (Tenn.)
2 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Kalamazoo
3 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
Final - 2OT
2 No. 19 Lynchburg
3 at Emory
Sun Sep 15
Final
1 No. 19 Lynchburg
0 at Piedmont
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
12:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 05
1:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
4:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Tue Oct 15
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Wed Oct 16
4:00 PM
Sweet Briar
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 19
5:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sun Oct 27
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
1:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Wed Nov 06
TBA
TBD
vs. Lynchburg
@ High Seed ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
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