HOUGHTON, Mich. - The Michigan Tech women's soccer program enters the 2019 season fifth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, announced Wednesday morning by the conference office. 2019 will mark the 10th year of competition for the program.
MTU comes into the season on the heels of five consecutive wins in the 2018 regular season and a No. 4 seed in the GLIAC Tournament, closing the season out at 10-6-1 with a 1-0 loss against the Eagles.
In the 2019 Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Huskies were picked fifth in the conference with 49 total points. Grand Valley State sits atop the preseason poll after winning its 12th straight GLIAC Championship trophy last season with 81 points and nine first-place votes. Ferris State, last season's GLIAC Championship runner-up, was picked second with 67 points and one first-place vote. Also placed ahead of the Black and Gold are Saginaw Valley State (64) and Ashland (63), while Davenport (38), Wisconsin-Parkside (33) Northern Michigan (23), Northwood (20), and Purdue Northwest (12) round out the poll.
Grace Shaw will prove to be a valuable returning player for the Michigan Tech offense as she begins her sophomore season. A native of Green Bay, Wis., Shaw concluded her freshman season with a team-best 28 points on nine goals and eight assists, earning her a spot on the All-GLIAC Second Team. Shaw was a big part of the Husky offense in 2018, and will continue to be moving forward.
Rising junior Amanda Young will look to lead the backline going into 2019, as the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention goalkeeper played 1419 minutes last season and recorded seven clean sheets. The return of defenders Anne Fife and Alicia Shatrau will also provide a boost to the backline.
The Huskies will begin the year with four consecutive non-conference road games, with the season kicking off against St. Cloud State (Sept. 6) and Minnesota Duluth (Sept. 8) before returning to Minnesota to face MSU-Moorhead (Sept. 13) and Minnesota Crookston (Sept. 15).
Tech's opens the home portion of the schedule against Purdue Northwest (Sept. 27) and Wisconsin-Parkside (Sept. 29), and GLIAC competition officially begins on October 4 and October 6 when the Huskies travel to face Northwood and Ferris State.
Five of the final eight games of the schedule will be played at Sherman Field. The Huskies host Northern Michigan (Oct. 13), Davenport (Oct. 18), Grand Valley State (Oct. 20), Ashland (Oct. 25), and Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 27). To wrap up the season, the Huskies will be on the road against Wisconsin-Parkside (Nov. 1), Purdue Northwest Nov. 3), and Northern Michigan (Nov. 8) to conclude the regular season.