Last fall, Alma won its first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship in women's soccer in school history. The Scots have been picked to repeat as champions in the MIAA this fall in the first-ever conference pre-season coaches poll. Hope's Flying Dutch have been picked to finish fifth.
Calvin has been picked to finish second, followed by Kalamazoo, Adrian, Hope, Olivet, Saint Mary's, Albion and Trine. Alma received six of a possible nine first place votes in the poll, with Calvin receiving the other three first-place tallies.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Alma (6) 10 pts. 2. Calvin (3) 13. 3. Kalamazoo 22. 4. Adrian 34. 5. Hope 36. 6. Olivet 40. 7. Saint Mary's 53. 8. Albion 56. 9. Trine 60.
The Flying Dutch launch their season on Friday, Sept. 2, at North Central, Ill. The home opener will be Wednesday, Sept. 7, against the University of Chicago. The cobference season begins Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Kalamazoo.