San Diego State Selected to Win 2015 Mountain West Women's Soccer Title
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A voting panel of the 12 Mountain West women's soccer head coaches chose three-time defending regular-season and tournament champion San Diego State as the favorite to win the 2015 MW regular-season title. The Aztecs collected nine first-place votes and 119 total points.
Colorado College was second with 109 points and two first-place votes, while the 2014 Mountain West Women's Soccer Championship runner-up Wyoming finished third with 96 total points. New Mexico and Utah State each earned 82 points to finish tied for fourth. Boise State is sixth with 81 points and claimed one first-place vote. San José State and UNLV tied for seventh with 53 points, followed by Air Force (43 points) and Fresno State (34 points). Colorado State (23 points) and Nevada (17 points) rounded out the preseason rankings in 11th and 12th, respectively.
San Diego State returns 15 letterwinners and six starters from a 2014 squad that swept the MW regular-season and tournament crowns en route to a third-straight NCAA tournament appearance. Leading the way for the Aztecs, and ninth year coach Mike Friesen, in 2015 is senior goalkeeper Melanie Vaughn. Vaughn, who was a member of the 2014 MW Women's Soccer Championship All-Tournament team, finished the past season with a 1.08 GAA and 57 saves. Other Aztecs to watch include senior defender Meggie Gulczynski (three goals, four assists, 10 points) and sophomore forward Aliyah Utush (six goals, two assists, 14 points). SDSU finished the 2014 campaign with an overall record of 15-5-2 and 9-2-0 in Conference play.
Colorado College completed its inaugural season in the league with a 12-5-4 overall record and 7-3-1 mark in the MW. The Tigers, under the direction of 12th year head coach Geoff Bennett, finished fourth in Conference standings last season brings back 13 letterwinners and six starters for the upcoming campaign. Heading up the list of returnees for 2015 is senior midfielder Sarah Schweiss, who finished 2014 with 10 goals and four assists for a total of 24 points. Other players expected to make contributions are senior midfielder Alexis Long (two goals, two assists, six points) and sophomore goalkeeper Rowan Frederiksen (1.17 GAA, 64 saves).
The Cowgirls cumulated an 11-9-1 overall record and a second-place Conference finish (8-3-0) in 2014. Head coach Pete Cuadrado enters his fourth year with Wyoming, welcomes back 15 letterwinners and eight starters for the 2015 season, including 2014 MW Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year in sophomore forward Kaitlyn Lomsnes (10 goals, four assists, 24 points). Other top returning players for the Cowgirls include sophomore Alisha Bass (five goals, six assists, 16 points) and junior forward Laurel Ramer (three goals, three assists, nine points).
All 12 Mountain West institutions will be in action when regular season competition begins on Friday, Aug. 21.
|2015 MW PRESEASON WOMEN'S SOCCER COACHES' POLL|
|Pl.||Team (1st place votes)||Points|
|1.||San Diego State (9)||119|
|2.||Colorado College (2)||109|
|6.||Boise State (1)||81|
|7.||San José State||53|