This season marks the first for divisional play in women's soccer as 10 teams sponsor the sport with the addition of Glenville State in 2018. Not surprisingly, the only two teams that have won regular season tournament championships, Notre Dame and West Virginia Wesleyan, are the favorites to win division titles this season.
In the North Division, Notre Dame finished first with 45 points and nine out of 10 first-place votes. The Falcons graduated decorated playmaker Alexis Manoa, but three other first team All-MEC players return in forward Janelle Bernal, midfielder Katarina Doncevic and defender Sarah Grossman. The Falcons led the league in scoring last year with 2.0 goals per game while also posting six shutouts last year. Notre Dame advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history last season before falling in penalties.
Concord is picked to finish second in the South Division with 37 points (two first-place votes). CU had a major breakthrough last year winning 10 games, increasing its win total by seven from the previous year, and finished third in the MEC to make the conference tournament. The Mountain Lions return each of their top five scorers from last season, including first team All-MEC pick Pilar Elias (7G, 5A) and last year's MEC Freshman of the Year Sarah Hill (7G, 1A). Morgan Carmichael, also a first team All-MEC selection last year as a freshman, returns to lead the defense.