BRIDGEPORT — Fairmont State, West Virginia Wesleyan and Concord are predicted to win their divisions in Mountain East Conference women's soccer competition this spring.
In the spring season, the conference divided the 12 programs into three divisions to help complete the eight-game schedule.
Each team will play teams in its division twice, and will have two additional games against non-division opponents. The top two teams in each division will advance to the MEC Tournament, which will be conducted on campus sites.
Fairmont State is the preseason favorite in the North Division finishing with 42 points, including nine first-place votes. T
he Fighting Falcons advanced to the MEC Tournament final in the fall of 2019.
Notre Dame was second (36 points, three first-place votes), followed by West Liberty (24) and Wheeling (15).
West Virginia Wesleyan is the pick to win the Central Division. The Bobcats racked up 42 points, and registered nine first-place votes.
Frostburg State was tabbed as the runner-up with 32 points (two first-place votes), just ahead of Davis & Elkins with 28 points (one first-place vote). Alderson Broaddus completed the division with 14 points.
Concord, the 2019 MEC Tournament champion and NCAA Tournament participant, landed atop the South Division preseason standings.
The Mountain Lions collected 48 points and had 11 first-place votes. CU returns a host of players from that 2019 squad, including the MEC Offensive Player of the Year (Leah Foster), Defensive Player of the Year (Morgan Carmichael) and the Freshman of the Year (Rachel Bell).
Charleston was picked second in the division with 30 points and had one first-place vote.
West Virginia State, in its first season of varsity competition, was slotted third (21 points), just ahead of Glenville State (17 points).
MEC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. Fairmont State — 42 (9)
2. Notre Dame — 36 (3)
3. West Liberty — 24
4. Wheeling — 15
1. West Virginia Wesleyan — 42 (9)
2. Frostburg State — 32 (2)
3. Davis & Elkins — 28 (1)
4. Alderson Broaddus — 14
1. Concord — 48 (11)
2. Charleston — 30 (1)
3. West Virginia State — 21
4. Glenville State — 17