MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team was again picked to finish second in the Northeast-10 standings this season by a narrow margin for the second consecutive year after the NE10 Preseason Coaches' Poll was announced by the league office Thursday.
The Penmen collected five first-place votes and 155 points, as they finished just behind defending NE10 Champion Franklin Pierce University, which claimed the top spot in the poll with seven first-place votes and 160 points. The College of Saint Rose (142) and Adelphi University (132) each received one first-place vote, and slotted in third and fourth, respectively.
Stonehill College (114), Assumption College (95) and American International College (91) finished off the top half of the poll, while Southern Connecticut State University (87), Saint Anselm College (86), Bentley University (67), Pace University (64), Le Moyne College (37), the University of New Haven (25) and Saint Michael's College (19) rounded it out.
Led by sixth-year head coach Elie Monteiro, the Penmen are coming off a season in which they finished 14-4-3, after going 10-2-2 in league play to earn the program's second straight No. 2 seed. SNHU was ousted in the semifinal round of the NE10 Championship, but did enough to earn an at-large bid for its second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. Southern New Hampshire played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer in the opening round before bowing out in penalty kicks.
SNHU must replace three of its top five leading scorers from a year ago, but after receiving major contributions from its rookie class last season, the Penmen are in great shape to do that. Graduate student and co-captain Ariana Silvia (Brockton, Mass.), who garnered United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Third Team and NE10 All-Conference First Team accolades in 2018, returns for her final season after playing a key role on a defensive unit that led the league in goals-against average. Sophomore Sydney Carney (Northborough, Mass.) is the team's top returning scorer, as she scored seven goals and dished six assists for 20 points to collect NE10 Second Team honors in her first season. Third Teamer and fellow sophomore Dorthea Glorud (Brumunddal, Norway) is also back after a six-goal, seven-assist, 19-point campaign, as is senior co-captain Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.), who also found a spot on the Third Team last year (3-2-8) as the team's primary holding midfielder. Backing it all up will be sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Rose (Waterloo, Ontario), who went 13-4-3 with five shutouts, a 0.91 GAA and .819 save percentage in 20 matches last year to claim Third Team honors.
The Penmen kick off the season Friday, Sept. 6 (5 p.m.) when they play host to Mercy College at Penmen Stadium. They return two days later to battle the defending NCAA National Champion and second-ranked University of Bridgeport on Sunday, Sept. 8 (5 p.m.).
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2019 NE10 Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll
- Franklin Pierce - 160 (7)
- Southern New Hampshire - 155 (5)
- Saint Rose - 142 (1)
- Adelphi - 132 (1)
- Stonehill - 114
- Assumption - 95
- American Int'l - 91
- Southern Connecticut - 87
- Saint Anselm - 86
- Bentley - 67
- Pace - 64
- Le Moyne - 37
- New Haven - 25
- Saint Michael's - 19
(#) – indicates first-place votes