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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Aug. 6, 2009

Bearcat Soccer Picked Sixth in Coaches' Poll

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State soccer is picked to finish sixth in the MIAA as voted on by the league's nine head coaches and announced Thursday.

The order selected by the coaches is identical to the final standings from the 2008 season. Defending champion Central Missouri received six first-place votes and received three points more than Truman, which received the other three first-place votes. Nebraska-Omaha, Washburn and Southwest Baptist round out the top five.

The Bearcats set a program record with 10 wins last season and finished 6-8-2 in conference play. Northwest shut out both Central Missouri and Southwest Baptist to conclude its 2008 season. Its 2-1 win against Nebraska-Omaha in October was the first of two wins against top 10, nationally-ranked teams last season.

Seventh-year head coach Tracy Hoza returns 17 letterwinners, including nine starters from last year's team. The list includes a pair of senior All-MIAA performers in goalkeeper Kira Lazenby and forward Andrea Tritz.

Northwest opens the 2009 season at home with back-to-back matches against Southwestern Oklahoma State and Newman as part of the Bearcat Soccer Classic Aug. 29-30. The Bearcats begin conference play at home against Truman Sept. 10.


2009 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll

School Pts.
1. Central Missouri (6)............ 62

2. Truman (3)...................... 59

3. Nebraska-Omaha.................. 49
4. Washburn........................ 43
5. Southwest Baptist............... 35
6. Northwest Missouri State........ 30
7. Missouri Southern............... 22
8. Emporia State................... 13
9. Missouri Western................ 11

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