ODAC Teams Playing Well, Ready for Conference Run
FOREST, Va. --- Virginia Wesleyan College
women's soccer has gotten off to a roaring start this season,
already climbing the ladders of the top two national polls that
benchmark women's soccer. At 8-0, the Marlins are the only
undefeated team left in the ODAC women's soccer standings, but
plenty of conference schools are making their mark across the
country and in the region.
Virginia Wesleyan leads the list of team plaudits, having moved up to 12th in the country in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coaches Poll. Also ranked second in the region behind Emory University, the Marlins debut at #22 in the D3soccer.com Top-25 Poll after receiving votes the previous week. The Marlins' offense has been powered by an excellent start from forward Jessica Edelman, who won the first two ODAC Player of the Week awards. She is currently tied for first in the country with five game-winning goals, including both goals in a pair of 1-0 wins over Hampton Roads-rival Christopher Newport University and Kean University.
Roanoke College continues to keep itself in the national and regional conversation, currently receiving votes towards the top-25 in both the NSCAA and D3soccer.com surveys. The Maroons are also fourth in the region, one spot ahead of Lynchburg College. Washington and Lee University also enjoys a regional ranking as the Generals are slotted 10th.
Like the Maroons, preseason favorite Lynchburg has received votes towards the D3soccer.com Top-25 Poll, having started the season ranked 14th in that survey and 18th by the NSCAA. Head coach Dr. Todd Olsen knew his team was in for some changes for the 2011 campaign, even though his roster is chock full of experienced talent. In an interview earlier this season, Dr. Olsen explains what success over the past few years has meant to his team, his expectations for this year's team, and some of the key components that returned to Lynchburg that could lead to further success (for those reading this in an email, click HERE).
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