BRIDGEPORT —Notre Dame and West Virginia Wesleyan have been tabbed by the league coaches as the preseason favorites for the 2019 Mountain East Conference women's soccer season.
Notre Dame is the favorite in the North Division finishing atop the poll with 55 points, including six first-place votes.
The Falcons are the defending division champs and posted a 10-6-1 record on their way to the MEC Tournament Semifinals.
With its three top scorers back from last season, Fairmont State was picked second in the North with 53 points and received five first-place votes.
West Liberty was slotted third with 45 points, followed by Frostburg State (29), Urbana (23) and Wheeling (20).
West Virginia Wesleyan is the pick to defend its South Division title finishing with 46 points (seven first-place votes).
The Lady Bobcats went 13-2-6 last year, including a perfect 10-0-3 in conference play, and advanced to the NCAA Atlantic Region championship.
Concord, which set a league record for goals last year with 57, was picked second with 43 points and had the remaining four first-place votes.
Charleston was tabbed third in the league with 34 points, followed by Davis & Elkins (23) and Glenville State (14).
The 2019 season gets underway with a full slate of games on Thursday, Sept. 5.
The three teams from each division with the post conference points will advance to the MEC Tournament beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
MEC PRESEASON POLL
1. Notre Dame —55 (6)
2. Fairmont State — 53 (5)
3. West Liberty — 45
4. Frostburg State — 29
5. Urbana — 23
6. Wheeling — 20
1. W. Va Wesleyan — 46 (7)
2. Concord — 43 (4)
3. Charleston — 34
4. Davis & Elkins — 23
5. Glenville State —14