YORK, Pa. – Following last season's run to the No. 4 seed in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, and the right to host a first-round game, the Salisbury University women's soccer team has been selected to finish second in the conference behind Christopher Newport University in the CAC coaches' preseason poll, the conference announced Monday.
This season the Sea Gulls return a formidable core of veteran players that went 12-4-2 (6-2-1 CAC), including a defensive anchor, an entire midfield and a first-team All-CAC goalkeeper.
Goalkeeper Alesha Seifert (29 saves, a .879 save percentage and three shutouts in 2015) returns to command the stout Sea Gull defense. Carli Dixon, who played in all 18 games for the Gulls last season, is back for her senior season as a defensive anchor for the maroon and gold.
Salisbury sits second in the poll behind Christopher Newport University (78 points and seven first-place votes), with 72 points and two of the 10 first-place votes. Following Salisbury to complete the top five are St. Mary's College of Maryland (62 points and one first-place vote), Frostburg State University (52 points), while York College of Pennsylvania was picked fifth with 50 points.
Salisbury opens up its 2016 season on Saturday, September 2 at 2:30 p.m., with a match against Meredith University as a part of the annual Salisbury University Classic. CAC play opens up for the Sea Gulls on September 24 as Southern Virginia University travels to the SU Soccer Complex.
To see the CAC coaches' poll in it's entirety, click here.
To see the CAC preview video, click here.