CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — After a seven-win season in 2018, the American University women's soccer team was picked ninth in this year's Patriot League Preseason Poll.
The 2019 Eagles return three goal scorers from a season ago in senior Kyanna Alleyne and sophomores Tate Jordan and Toni Williams. AU also brings back all three goalkeepers — seniors Amy Krotine and Morgan Lang and junior Ryleigh Brown.
Defending Patriot League champion Boston University top the preseason poll with Anna Heilferty leading the pack for the Terriers as the 2019 Patriot League Women's Soccer Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, after earning Tournament MVP honors in 2018. Colgate senior Mara Consentino was voted 2019 preseason Midfielder of the Year and Navy senior Alex Jackson earned preseason Defender of the Year.
Voting for the All-Patriot League teams, Preseason Offensive, Midfielder and Defender of the Year, and the preseason poll were selected by Patriot League Women's soccer head coaches and sports information directors. They are prohibited from voting for student-athletes on their own team.
American opens the 2019 season on the road at UNC Ashville on August 23. The Eagles' home opener is against George Washington on Aug. 28.
2019 Patriot League Women's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. Boston University - 154 (12 first-place votes)
2. Colgate - 146 (6)
3. Navy - 136 (2)
4. Lehigh - 105
5. Army West Point - 91
5. Bucknell - 91
7. Loyola Maryland - 71
8. Holy Cross - 48
9. American - 38
10. Lafayette – 20
Patriot League Women's Soccer Preseason All-League Team*
Student-athletes are listed by position; alphabetically by institution
Anna Heilferty, Boston University, Jr., F ^
Ellis Miller, Colgate, Jr., F^
Abby Sotomayor, Colgate, Sr., F ^
Mara Cosentino, Colgate, Sr., M ^
Kayla Arestivo, Lehigh, Sr., M ^
Baseley McClaskey, Navy, Sr., M ^
Cadie Higginson, Navy, Sr., M ^
McKenna Kennedy, Boston University, Jr., D
Leah Lewis, Colgate, Sr., D ^
Dom DeMarco, Colgate, Sr., D
Alex Jackson, Navy, Sr., D ^
Sydney Cassalia, Army West Point, Jr., GK ^
^2018 All-Patriot League Selection
*Due to ties at the midfielder and defender positions, there is no non-specific position player.