Aggie Soccer Picked Fifth In Preseason Poll; Todd Named Preseason All-WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team was voted to finish fifth in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which is voted on by the league’s seven head coaches.

Seattle U was selected as the favorite to win the 2013 soccer title. The 2013 WAC Preseason All-Conference team and preseason players of the year were also announced as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Seattle U received six first-place votes for 36 total points. Idaho and Utah Valley tied to finish second in the poll, each receiving 23 points. UVU did earn one first-place vote. Bakersfield placed fourth in the poll with 22 points. New Mexico State was selected fifth with 21 points. Kansas City was picked sixth with 13 points. Grand Canyon was seventh with nine points.

Junior forward Layla Todd earned Preseason All-WAC team honors. She led the Aggies in shots (25) and goals (4) in 2012.

Seattle U junior forward Stephanie Verdoia garnered WAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year honors, while teammate senior midfielder Julia Besagno was selected as the WAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Seattle U and Idaho led WAC teams with three preseason all-conference selections each. Bakersfield and Utah Valley each had two honorees, while New Mexico State had one representative.

The 2013 WAC season is set to kickoff Aug. 23 with all of the WAC's teams in action. The WAC Soccer Tournament heads to New Mexico State's Soccer Complex in Las Cruces, N.M. The four-team tournament will be held Nov. 8 and 10.

WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Place Team (first place votes) Pts.
1. Seattle U (6) 36
2. (tie) Idaho 23
2. (tie) Utah Valley (1) 23
4. Bakersfield 22
5. New Mexico St. 21
6. Kansas City 13
7. Grand Canyon 9

Preseason All-WAC Team
Stephanie Verdoia, Jr., F, Seattle U
Emily Noethe, Jr., F, Bakersfield
Layla Todd, Jr., F, New Mexico State
Lexi Robison, Jr., MF, Utah Valley
Julia Basagno, Sr., MF, Seattle U
Erica Shelton, Sr., MF, Bakersfield
Katie Baran, Jr., MF, Idaho
Nitalia Zuniga, Sr., D, Idaho
Mary Hill, Sr., D, Seattle U
Chelsie Breen, Sr., D, Idaho
Lauren Sack, Sr., GK, Utah Valley

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Stephanie Verdoia, Jr., F, Seattle U