Women’s soccer ranked 6th in North Division in MEC preseason poll


Bridgeport, W. Va. – On Tuesday, the Mountain East Conference (MEC) announced its pre-season women’s football poll as it returns to its two-division format for the 2021 season.

The Wheeling University women’s soccer team is back in the North Division and placed sixth, with 18 points, on this year’s roster. The Cardinals were a young team last year with a squad consisting of eight freshmen and sophomores, but the spring season gave them valuable experience.

They enter this season with a chance to start over under the guidance of the first-year head coach Theo Egbele. Egbele has spent the last two seasons as the head coach of women’s soccer at the University of Salem and brings with him over 19 years of coaching experience as he tries to help the program to develop.

Egbele will inherit eight returns for the Wheeling women’s soccer team, including second-year goaltender Mikayla Yarwood (Surrey, BC / Clayton Heights) and senior forward Braedynn Porter (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge). Porter was the team’s offensive leader last season, scoring one on seven shots, three on goal, in seven games played. Yarwood played 180 minutes at the net last season and recorded a 75% save percentage.

A group of 12 newcomers join the ghosts looking to add both depth and skill to this Cardinals squad. With Egbele taking the reins as the fourth head coach in the history of the program, he is trying to move the team forward in 2021.

The Cardinals begin their 2021 season on the road when they travel to Lake Erie College on September 2 to start non-conference play. They returned home the following week, September 9, for their home opener against the Ursuline College before jumping into the thick of their MEC roster. It begins with a road trip to Fairmont State on September 15, before the Cardinals return home for back-to-back MEC games with Frostburg State and Notre Dame College at Bishop Schmitt Field.

With a busy home schedule throughout September, the Cardinals will be road warriors in October, with six of their nine games played on the road during the month. However, they end the regular season at Bishop Schmitt Field with back-to-back MEC games against West Virginia Wesleyan and West Liberty University.

In the North Division, Notre Dame College was selected No.1, with 64 points and nine first-place votes, followed by Frostburg State (55 (2)) and Fairmont State (49 (1)). In the South Division, Concord took first place with 65 points and 10 first place votes, followed by the University of Charleston (56 (2)) and West Virginia Wesleyan (45). To view the full MEC Women’s Soccer Pre-Season Survey, click HERE.

The Wheeling University women’s soccer team will begin their season on September 2 as they travel to face Lake Erie College in a non-conference game.

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