Women's soccer picked to repeat in ODAC preseason poll

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Forest, Va. -- Talk about the ultimate sign of respect.

Despite losing nearly all of its starting unit from a season ago, University of Lynchburg's women's soccer team was overwhelmingly chosen first in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's preseason coaches poll, the league office announced Tuesday.

Lynchburg reached the NCAA Division III tournament's quarterfinal round a season ago and had seven players garner All-ODAC honors, but none of those players will take the pitch for the Hornets this season.

But Lynchburg remained atop the coaches' ballot, garnering 10 first-place votes and 166 points in the poll, 17 more than second-place Virginia Wesleyan.

"We're excited about the challenge of trying to repeat, considering we have to replace nine starters, seven of whom were all-conference," Lynchburg's head women's soccer coach, Dr. Todd Olsen, said.

That isn't to say, though, that the Hornets can't do it.

"Our program is designed to reload rather than rebuild," Olsen said, "and we have people in the works who are developing every year. We definitely have the next man up mentality, and some of our women know this year is going to be their time."

The Hornets have been masters of rebuilding over the past decade-plus. Lynchburg is in search of the program's 13th-consecutive NCAA tournament berth in 2019, and the program will look to three-peat as ODAC champions.

That quest begins this weekend with a trip to Salem for the Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase. Lynchburg will take on Johns Hopkins and Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) at the tournament.

RELATED: 2019 Lynchburg women's soccer schedule

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2019 ODAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
First-place votes in parentheses
1. University of Lynchburg (10) 166 pts.
2. Virginia Wesleyan University (2) 149 pts.
3. Bridgewater College (2) 146 pts.
4. Randolph-Macon College 131 pts.
5. Washington and Lee University 130 pts.
6. Roanoke College 111 pts.
7. Shenandoah University 98 pts.
8. Eastern Mennonite University 71 pts.
9. Ferrum College 69 pts.
10. Guilford College 63 pts.
11. Randolph College 59 pts.
12. Emory & Henry College 43 pts.
13. Hollins University 20 pts.
14. Sweet Briar College 18 pts.

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Sat Sep 14
at Randolph WildCat Invite
Sat Sep 14
at Knights Invitational, Lexington GCC, Lexington, Va.
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Sat Sep 14
at ODAC Preview
Green Hill Park, Salem, Va.
Sun Sep 15
11:00 AM
No. 19 Lynchburg
at Piedmont
Sun Sep 15
12:00 PM
Dickinson
vs. Lynchburg
at Liberty University Field Hockey Complex
Mon Sep 16
at Tom Kinder Memorial, Lakeview GC, Harrisonburg, Va. -- Day 1
Tue Sep 17
at Tom Kinder Memorial, Lakeview GC, Harrisonburg, Va. -- Day 2
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Fri Sep 20
at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. -- Day 1
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Fri Aug 30
Final
4 Roanoke
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Sep 07
Final
0 Maryville (Tenn.)
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Regent
10 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
Final
2 No. 16 Mary Washington
0 vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
Final
1 No. 13 Oglethorpe
2 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Oct 16
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 19
7:30 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
7:00 PM
Shenandoah
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Fri Nov 01
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- First Round
Sun Nov 03
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
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Sat Aug 31
Final
2 No. 10 Johns Hopkins
0 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sun Sep 01
Final
2 Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
7 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sat Sep 07
Final
1 Maryville (Tenn.)
2 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Kalamazoo
3 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
Final - 2OT
2 No. 19 Lynchburg
3 at Emory
Sun Sep 15
11:00 AM
No. 19 Lynchburg
at Piedmont
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
12:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 05
1:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
4:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Tue Oct 15
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Wed Oct 16
4:00 PM
Sweet Briar
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 19
5:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sun Oct 27
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
1:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
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