The Albion College women's soccer team expects to make a transition this fall.
Jenna Urso, a three-time all-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association award winner with the Britons, has graduated after producing 24 goals in her career.
Still, defender Sarah Castellano, an all-MIAA first team pick last season, headlines the 2018 squad that has been picked to finish fifth in the MIAA.
"We have a senior class committed to being good leaders as well as some first-year players who are eager to show what they can do," Head Coach Eric Scott, '01, said. "I like to think we are confident putting up good results in a conference that is competitive."
The MIAA will likewise transition to a schedule where teams will face league rivals once – as opposed to twice – in the regular season. The top six teams in the standings will advance to the league tournament.
Albion will challenge non-league rivals the first three weeks of September. The Britons have home dates against the College of Mount Saint Joseph (Sept. 5), Dominican University (Sept. 15) and Capital University (Sept. 16).
The first MIAA competition is a Sept. 26 home date against Saint Mary's College.
"Every team in the conference has a chance to do something," Scott said. "You can go on a pretty good run, finish in the top six and you are in the tournament.
"In terms of the variety we see away from the conference, we will be road warriors in the beginning," he added. "It's good for the team because we will play against competition we would not normally see. Hopefully we can use that time away from the conference to get ready (for the MIAA matches)."
The complete MIAA preseason women's soccer poll is listed below.
- Hope 63 points (7 1st place votes)
- Adrian 54 points (1 1st place vote)
- Kalamazoo 48 points (1 1st place vote)
- Calvin 40 points
- Albion 38 points
- Olivet 27 points
- Alma 25 points
- Trine 21 points
- Saint Mary's 8 points
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