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8.19.10 | Women's Soccer

Baker women earn No. 17 preseason ranking

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BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Baker women's soccer team will enter this season as the No. 17 team in the country according to the 2010 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll. This is the highest preseason ranking the women have ever had and it marks the first time they have garnered top-20 honors in the preseason.

Three first-team all-HAAC performers — Christine Janssens, Chelsea Dunn and Alix Schiraldi — return to lead the Wildcat women's soccer team, 13-7 in 2009.

Dunn, a defender, was the conference defensive player of the year and received honorable mention for the All-American team.

"As senior leaders, Christine and Chelsea are fantastic," Houser said. "One leads from front, one leads from back. They understand how to battle."

On Schiraldi, Houser said, "I think she is ready to break out. I think she'll let go a little bit and score a few more goals."

For the first time in program history, Baker cracked the national rankings, climbing as high as No. 15 last fall before finishing at No. 21 in the final poll.

"We've been getting a step better every year," Houser said.

Top newcomers are Amber Pickering from Sapulpa, Okla., and Jordan Dolbin, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton

Ashley Ukena, Topeka, and Erin Kraus, Lee's Summit, Mo., are other key players.

View the full 2010 schedule here.

2010 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll - (Aug. 17)

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2009 RECORD*

TOTAL POINTS

1

2

Lee University (Tenn.) (20)

21-2-1

621

2

12

Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.)

15-5-4

586

3

5

Concordia University (Ore.)

21-3-0

572

4

1

Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) (2)

19-3-2

569

5

4

Azusa Pacific University (Calif.)

17-3-2

552

6

6

Martin Methodist College (Tenn.)

18-3-2

515

7

9

Graceland University (Iowa)

19-2-2

488

8

8

California Baptist University

17-5-1

484

9

3

William Carey University (Miss.)

20-2-1

470

10

11

Indiana Wesleyan University

18-3-1

430

11

10

McKendree University (Ill.)

17-3-2

419

12

7

Vanguard University (Calif.)

13-2-6

417

13

15

Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.)

15-5-2

365

14

RV

California State University-San Marcos

10-5-4

326

15

18

Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.)

18-3-3

323

16

16

Marian University (Ind.)

17-2-1

288

17

21

Baker University (Kan.)

13-6-0

259

18

14

Simon Fraser University (B.C.)

7-7-3

256

19

23

John Brown University (Ark.)

12-6-0

236

20

17

Trinity Christian College (Ill.)

14-5-4

227

21

20

College of Idaho

14-3-0

204

22

22

Houghton College (N.Y.)

15-2-4

158

23

RV

The Master's College (Calif.)

15-5-2

146

24

RV

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.)

14-6-0

134

25

RV

Oklahoma City University

11-7-1

118

Others receiving votes:

Saint Ambrose University (Iowa) 93; Northwood University (Fla.) 65; Kansas Wesleyan University 64; Carroll College (Mont.) 52; William Jewell College (Mo.) 50; Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) 49; William Jessup University (Calif.) 36; Missouri Baptist University 35; Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Okla.) 34; University of Mobile (Ala.) 28; Southern Nazarene University (Okla.) 21; Concordia University (Calif.) 21; Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio) 19; Robert Morris University (Ill.) 18; Spring Arbor University (Mich.) 18; Lindenwood University (Mo.) 13; Midland Lutheran College (Neb.) 9; McPherson College (Kan.) 7; Union University (Tenn.) 7; University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) 6; Faulkner University (Ala.) 4; Park University (Mo.) 1; Grace College (Ind.) 1; Benedictine College (Kan.) 1; Lyon College (Ark.) 1; Brenau University (Ga.) 1


^ Final rating from 2009 regular season Top 25 (Nov. 10, 2009)

* Submitted by the raters and reflecting the final 2009 record

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