Women's Soccer Picked To Finish Ninth In Mountain West

The 2012 team-leading scorer and second team All-WAC and Preseason CollegeSportsMadness.com honoree Megan Molina returns to the 2013 Spartans, who were picked to finish ninth in the Mountain West.

Aug 15, 2013

The 2013 San José State University women's soccer team was picked to finish ninth in the Mountain West by a panel of the conference's 11 head coaches.

The Spartans return seven starters and 13 letterwinners to its 2012 squad that finished 6-11-1. In its inaugural Mountain West season, San José State plays a program-high 10 conference matches and faces two teams ranked in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason list (San Diego State, No. 11; California, No. 20).

The 2012 team-leading scorer and second team All-WAC and Preseason CollegeSportsMadness.com honoree Megan Molina joins the team for her senior season, while centerback Rachel Docherty, who played the second-most minutes of all returners, anchors the backline. Seven newcomers join the squad, including 2012 Big 8 Conference Player of the Year Kareli Rodriguez and goalkeeper Sarah Peplinski, the 2013 Wisconsin Valley Conference Player of the Year. In addition, Niki Brooks, who has six years of coaching at the collegiate level, joins the team as an assistant coach.

The Spartans open the regular season at the University of San Diego tournament against the Toreros on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

2013 MW WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL

Place

Team (1st place votes)

Points

1.

San Diego State (9)

99

2.

New Mexico (1)

86

3.

UNLV (1)

77

4.

Utah State

77

5.

Boise State

61

6.

Fresno State

52

7.

Wyoming

45

8.

Nevada

43

9.

San José State

31

10.

Air Force

20

11.

Colorado State

12