NEWBERRY — The Newberry women’s soccer team has been picked to finish eighth in the South Atlantic Conference in the annual poll of the league’s coaches, which was released Wednesday.
The preseason All-SAC team was also announced last week with junior midfielder Gabrielle Brodie earning a spot on the first team.
The Wolves enter their sixth season under head coach Karrie Miller, a year removed from a 7-8-4 overall record, a 2-4-3 conference mark and an appearance in the Food Lion SAC Tournament quarterfinals.
Newberry received 56 votes in the preseason poll, which includes Coker and Queens, the two newest teams to the South Atlantic Conference.
The Wolves return seven letter winners from a year ago, while adding six freshmen and five transfers to the roster.
Brodie returns after an impressive sophomore season, which saw the Kiwi lead the Wolves with 10 goals and 22 points. Brodie recorded three multi-goal games, including a two goal and two assist performance against Bob Jones.
Brodie earned First Team All-SAC honors in 2012, along with a First Team DAKTRONICS All-Southeast Region nod. In addition to her first team recognition, Brodie earned Third Team NSCAA Division II All-Southeast Region recognition.
Last season’s conference champions, Lenoir-Rhyne, was picked to repeat in 2013 by the conference coaches. Wingate was selected second, Tusculum picked third and Catawba was tabbed to finish fourth. Lincoln Memorial and Anderson round out the top half of the coaches’ poll at fifth and sixth, respectively.
Newcomer Queens was picked seventh ahead of Newberry, while Carson-Newman has been tabbed ninth in the conference. Mars Hill, Coker and Brevard were picked 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively, by the conference coaches.