KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Evangel women's soccer team was picked to finish 12th in the 2019 Heart Coaches' Preseason Poll released on Thursday.
Evangel finished the 2018 season 6-10-1 in the fourth year of the program. Head Coach Bruce Deaton returns a large portion of his young roster including top goal scorers Bianca Biffert, Amber Ellis, Sedona Townsend, and Alyson Reinold. Both Biffert and Reinold were All-Heart selections a year ago with Reinold earning second-team honors and Biffert being named to the third team as a freshman.
Last year's regular-season and tournament champion, Benedictine was picked first followed by Central Methodist who also earned a berth in the national tournament last year.
The Crusaders start the regular season Aug. 19 at Hannibal-La Grange before opening the home campaign Aug. 24 against Southeastern (Fla.) at 7:30 p.m. on Coryell Field.