Women's Soccer picked third; Suarez named to A-10 Preseason Team

RICHMOND – The VCU Women's soccer team and Head Coach Lindsey Martin have made quite an impression on the Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer landscape over the past three years, and on Wednesday were rewarded for it. The VCU Rams we picked to finish third this season in the A-10 Preseason Coaches Poll, as voted on by the league's 14 coaches. 

The Black and Gold received a total of 153 votes, placing them in third place behind Dayton and George Washington. The Flyers brought home 185 votes with eight first place votes, while the Colonials brought in a total of 173 and five first place votes. Following up the Rams to complete the top five were La Salle and Saint Joseph's. 

Rounding out the poll from six through 14 were Duquesne, who also earned a first place vote, Fordham, George Mason, Massachusetts, Saint Louis, Richmond, Rhode Island, Davidson, and St. Bonaventure.

The Rams also earned an individual accolade, as sophomore Julia Suarez was named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason Team. She was joined by both Alexis Kiehl of Dayton, and Katie O'Connor of Duquesne.

"We are pleased to be respected by the other coaches as one of the top programs, but as we all know it means nothing until we prove ourselves," said Head Coach Lindsey Martin. "We have high expectations for our team and we are ready to get the season started."

VCU finished fourth in last year's regular season standings. Despite the losses of All-Conference players in Sharon Wojcik and Emma Kruse, the Rams have returned their top goal-scorer in Suarez, and some tough senior leadership from Victoria Burress and Natalie Robles

The top eight teams will face off in the Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship, being held November 3-6, hosted by Rhode Island at their Soccer Complex in Kingston, R.I.