ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Tennessee Wesleyan is the one to beat this year, according to the Appalachian Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll released Friday.
Tennessee Wesleyan received six of the eight first-place votes and collected 61 total points to earn the top spot. Last season, Tennessee Wesleyan was regular-season tri-champions along with Milligan (Tenn.) and Union (Ky.) but was the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Tennessee Wesleyan won the AAC Tournament with a 1-0 decision over Milligan in the title game to advance to the NAIA National Championship Tournament.
Milligan was picked second with 53 points, while Union garnered one first-place vote and 46 points to land third. Reinhardt (Ga.) received the other first-place vote and is fourth with 40 points.
Rounding out the rest of the field are Bryan (Tenn.) (34 points), Columbia (S.C.) (20 points), Montreat (N.C.) (19 points) and Bluefield (Va.) (15 points).
The AAC Tournament will begin on Nov. 5 with the quarterfinal round, while the semifinal and championship rounds will be held Nov. 11-12.