National semifinalist Florida Tech has been picked as the preseason favorite to capture the 2011 Sunshine State Conference women’s soccer championship.
Coming off a year in which the Panthers shared the SSC regular-season title and advanced all the way to the NCAA Division II semifinals, the squad collected 187 points and 14 first-place votes in a poll conducted among the league’s women’s soccer coaches and sports information directors.
Tampa, which received 156 points, was selected to finish second and garnered two first-place votes. Nova Southeastern occupied the No. 3 position with 128 points and one first-place nod. Very close behind the Sharks was Rollins, which was predicted to place fourth. The Tars gathered 125 points and the remaining first-place vote.
With 119 points, Saint Leo was slated in the No. 5 slot. Florida Southern’s 109 points put the Moccasins in sixth. Barry (7th, 71 points), Lynn (8th, 53), and Eckerd (9th, 24) rounded out the preseason poll.