Aug. 11, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - The Butler women's soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League in 2008, according to the league's preseason poll which was released on Monday (August 11). The Bulldogs garnered 46 points in the poll, finishing just one point out of third and 17 points out of first.
Butler was edged out of third place by Wright State, which collected 47 points. Milwaukee, the 2007 regular season champion, earned 63 points to finish as the preseason favorite, while tournament champion Loyola placed second with 58 points.
Detroit and Valparaiso finished tied for fifth with 31 points each, Cleveland State and Green Bay tied for seventh with 19 points a piece and Youngstown State placed ninth with 10.
The preseason poll is voted on by the league's head coaches, with team's receiving eight points for a first-place vote, seven points for second and so on. The coaches were not allowed to vote for their own squads, and one coach abstained from the voting.
Butler returns 14 letterwinners and nine starters from the 2007 squad that finished fourth in the league, notching a 10-9-1 overall record and a 5-3 mark in conference play.