Aug 15, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's soccer team was picked to finish in a tie for second in the 2013 Big West Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, the league office announced Thursday.
The 49ers and UC Irvine both received one first-place vote and compiled 62 points. Cal State Fullerton, the 2012 regular season champion, was tabbed the preseason favorite with five first-place nods and 72 points.
Cal Poly claimed the remaining two first-place votes to come in fourth with 59 points, while Cal State Northridge wasn't far behind in fifth with 54 points. Rounding out the poll were UC Santa Barbara (30 points), Hawai'i (27), UC Davis (22) and UC Riverside (17).
Maes, a senior midfielder, was a second-team All-Big West selection after finishing with a team-high nine goals last year. Maes also compiled three assists, 21 points and 45 shot attempts.
Nelson garnered All-Big West honorable mention recognition in 2012. The junior midfielder played every game, finishing with three assists and 28 shots, 10 of which were on frame.
Lyons, a sophomore forward, was named to the 2012 Big West All-Freshman Team as she had two goals, three assists and 30 shot attempts.
LBSU, which is coming off its third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and its seventh double-figure win campaign in the last eight seasons, returns 13 letterwinners and five starters from last year's squad that went 12-8-0.
Long Beach State will host FIU in an exhibition game on Friday, Aug. 16 (11 a.m.), before officially opening the season against Northern Arizona on Friday, Aug. 23. The 49ers and Lumberjacks will face off under the lights at George Allen Field with kick-off slated for 7 p.m.
2013 Big West Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll 1. Cal State Fullerton (5) 72 T2. Long Beach State (1) 62 T2. UC Irvine (1) 62 4. Cal Poly (2) 59 5. Cal State Northridge 54 6. UC Santa Barbara 30 7. Hawai'i 27 8. UC Davis 22 9. UC Riverside 17
2013 Big West Women's Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team Name School Pos. Year Ashley Edwards UC Davis MF Sr. Sara Epps Cal Poly F So. Tiana Fujimoto Hawai'i F Jr. Taylor Hobson Cal State Northridge MF So. Elise Krieghoff Cal Poly F So. Natalia Ledezma UC Irvine F Sr. Elizabeth Lyons Long Beach State F So. Eileen Maes Long Beach State MF Sr. Chloe McDaniel Cal State Northridge D Sr. Taylor Nelson Long Beach State MF Jr. Chelsey Patterson Cal State Fullerton MF Jr. Cami Privett UC Irvine MF Jr.
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