The 2019 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll finds Webster University atop the 10 team league this fall. Webster is the overwhelming favorites after picking up 9 first-place votes from the coaches and a total of 81 points. They are followed by the trio of Fontbonne University, Westminster College, and Greenville University who are expected to continue their games into the postseason.

#1 Webster University

Webster locked up first overall in the preseason poll with 81 points, 16 more than the second-place team. The Gorloks have won at least a share of seven straight SLIAC regular season titles, including the last six outright. They finished the regular season 9-0 last year, their third consecutive undefeated regular season. The Gorloks return just five starters from last year's team but have plenty of experience with 16 coming back on their roster. The defense will be led by the duo of Lilly Brauer, 2018 SLIAC Defensive Player of the Year, and Ryleigh Grommet, the 2018 SLIAC Newcomer of the Year. Forward Melissa Kasper is a true offensive threat, leading the league with 17 goals and setting a new conference single season record with 19 assists. Savannah Page reached 10 goals last season including four game-winners and will combine with Kasper to form a strong 1-2 punch. Olivia Osterhage, was a First Team All-Conference performer last season after totaling 3 goals and 17 assists, and returns to anchor the midfield position for Webster. Webster does have a hole in net where they graduated long-time starter Alisa Coralic.

2018 Overall Record: 16-3-1

2018 SLIAC Record: 9-0-0

Head Coach: Luigi Scire

#2 Fontbonne University

Fontbonne comes in 2nd on the poll with 65 total points after going 11-6-2 overall and 8-1 in the SLIAC last season. The Griffins return 10 players including six starters. Forward Molly Kovarik returns after tallying a team high 36 points last season, buoyed by 16 goals. She earned First Team All-Conference honors and is joined up top by 3rd Team All-Conference player Rebecca Bass (9 goals, 10 assists). Defensively the Griffins will rely on the pairing of Tori Harris (2nd Team All-Conference) and Rylee Stafford (3rd Team All-Conference). The Griffins are set in net with Makayla Hussong returning after recording five shutouts and a 1.33 goals against average last season.

2018 Overall Record: 11-6-2

2018 SLIAC Record: 8-1-0

Head Coach: Brian Hoener

#3 Westminster College

Last year's SLIAC Tournament Champion, Westminster College, received 63 points this fall. They bring back six starters including All-Conference keeper Sarah Craddick. Craddick was Third Team All-Conference last year after finishing with 95 saves and recording nine shutouts. The Blue Jays will need Natalie Schulte (11 goals, 7 assists) and Kate Ponder (8 goals, 5 assists) to replace the scoring lost from top-scorer Gracie Koonce. Madison Ekern is one of the team leaders from her midfield spot while Alaina Allsbury will anchor the defense. Among newcomers that are expected to contribute are Kelsey Gordon, Maddy Lawton, and Abbey Montana.

2018 Overall Record: 11-5-3

2018 SLIAC Record: 6-2-1

Head Coach: Wendy Sanchez

#4 Greenville University

Greenville University totaled 62 points, coming in 4th place on the poll and received the only other first-place vote from the league coaches. The Panthers return eight starters from last year's team that advanced to the SLIAC Tournament Championship game. Although they graduated their top scorer (Dani Pearce) the Panthers bring back their next two top scorers in Breanna Thomas and Kate Arthur. Thomas recorded 10 goals and 10 assists last season while Arthur finished with 11 goals and 4 assists. With 19 goals in her first two seasons Jade Taylor is another player that will add to the scoring punch. Midfielders Ellie Cummins and Michelle Grotefendt will be key in controlling the middle of the field for the Panthers.

2018 Overall Record: 14-6-1

2018 SLIAC Record: 6-2-1

Head Coach: Jeff Wardlaw

#5 Spalding University

Spalding University finished with 52 points in the poll, coming in 5th place. The Golden Eagles return a conference high 17 players, including seven starters. Among those starters is forward Kelsie Huffman, a senior, that netted 6 goals with 2 assists last season. Abby McGimsey (2 goals, 5 assists) and Bailey Whitehead (3 goals, 3 assists) will direct the attack from their midfield positions. Defensively, Spalding will have to replace Alnee Tutson and will look towards sophomore Ally Johnson to fill her shoes. In net the Golden Eagles have Kayla Strehle who held a 1.52 goals against average last year with 38 saves. The freshman trio of Shelby Deering, Dori Emig, and Victoria Schmit could see significant time on the pitch.

2018 Overall Record: 9-8-0

2018 SLIAC Record: 5-4-0

Head Coach: Shilo Rayburn

#6 MacMurray College

MacMurray College comes in at 6th on the preseason poll after totaling 38 points. In their first season with coach Gabe Attanasio the Highlanders went 6-11 overall last season; doubling their wins from the previous year. They bring back eight starters and 14 players and will look to continue that rise this season. Midfielder Erin Detter (9 goals, 1 assist) will be the team's top scoring threat once again after earning Third Team All-Conference honors last year. She is joined in the midfield by Maggie Doss (1 goal, 3 assists) and Isabella VanDyke (2 goals, 2 assists). Lindsey Johnson started all 16 games on defense last year while Emma Harris will compete for a starting spot in either net (where she garnered two starts last season) or on the back line (where she played another 13 games).

2018 Overall Record: 6-11-0

2018 SLIAC Record: 4-5-0

Head Coach: Gabe Attanasio

#7 Principia College

With 32 points Principia College finishes 7th among the voting. The Panthers reutrn eight starters from last year's squad. Leading the way will be junior forward Hannah Sipe, who finished with one assist last season, and junior defender Tara Adhikari, who started 14 games last fall. Newcomers Viviane DeCastro and Georgia Rather will battle for playing time.

2018 Overall Record: 3-12-0

2018 SLIAC Record: 3-6-0

Head Coach: Meagan Fleming

#8 Blackburn College

Blackburn College picked up 27 points for 8th place in the preseason poll. The Beavers bring back nine players and four starters and will be looking to break their three year streak of two SLIAC wins during the season. Morgan Adams, a senior midfielder, and Aliese Greenwood, a junior defenser, will be the leaders of the club this fall. Morgan Zobrist saw over 700-minutes of action in net last season, recording 105 saves, and will be the starter this fall. Head Coach Sohaila Akhavein brings in a freshman class that includes Izzy Erickson and All-Conference prep players Lexi Lusk and Tess Saatahoff.

2018 Overall Record: 4-14-0

2018 SLIAC Record: 2-7-0

Head Coach: Sohaila Akhavein

#9 Iowa Wesleyan University

With 15 points Iowa Wesleyan University was chosen to finish 9th in the SLIAC this fall. The Tigers will be under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Gaskin. He takes over a program that won one SLIAC game in each of the last two seasons.

2018 Overall Record: 3-12-0

2018 SLIAC Record: 1-8-0

Head Coach: Chris Gaskin

#10 Eureka College

Wrapping up the poll this year is Eureka College with 10 total points. The Red Devils will be led by first-year head coach Shelby Chrisman-Forza. They return three starters from last year's team and will be a young team with just two seniors. One of those seniors is midfielder Dilyara Coovert. A trio of sophomores (Victoria Aranda, Maria Dust, and Abby Swope) will be the core of the team. Top newcomers include Michaela Mall and Madison Shines.

2018 Overall Record: 0-16-0

2018 SLIAC Record: 0-9-0

Head Coach: Shelby Chrisman-Forza

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