LANCASTER, PA - The Franklin & Marshall College women's soccer team has been selected to finish eighth in the quest for the Centennial Conference (CC) title according to a poll of the CC head coaches.
Overall, Gettysburg College was selected as the favorite to win the CC title in 2005 as the Bullets received four first-place votes (teams not permitted to vote for themselves) and 91 points to edge out Johns Hopkins University which received four first place votes and 90 points.
Haverford College was a close third as the Fords picked up 87 points and the remaining three first place votes, while Muhlenberg (73), Dickinson (61), Ursinus (57), McDaniel (45), F&M (41), Swarthmore (29), Washington (16) and Bryn Mawr (14) round out the poll.
Leading the Diplomats will be midfielder/forward Maureen Kennedy (Sr., Pittsburgh, PA/Sewickley), defender Emily Mueller (Jr., Wescosville, PA/Emmaus) and forward Amanda Zambrano (Sr., Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) who will serve as tri-captains.
Mueller received the F&M Coaches Award last season as she anchored a Diplomats' team that ranked eighth in scoring offense (1.25) and scoring defense (1.73) and seventh in shutouts (five) in the final Centennial Conference women's soccer statistics. In addition, Kennedy finished the 2003 season with a goal and will be looked to give the Diplomats a push from the forward position next season.
The 2004 Franklin & Marshall Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year, Zambrano earned All-Centennial Conference honorable mention honors for finishing fourth in the Centennial Conference in goals (10 in 16 games, .625 per contest) and sixth in points (10-1-21, 1.31 per game).
The September 7 Centennial Conference Player of the Week she scored five goals in two games en route to being named Most Valuable player of the 2004 Law Firm of Gray, Patterson, Cody & Taylor Women's Soccer Tournament hosted by Franklin & Marshall College.
A 2003 All-Centennial Conference second team selection, she finished second in the conference in goals (12 in 17 games, .71 per contest) and third in points (12-2-26, 1.63 per game) in 2003.
An All-CC honorable mention selection as a freshman, she finished eighth in the conference in scoring with ten goals and three assists for 23 points in 2002. The Most Valuable Player of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Women's Soccer tournament for scoring three goals in two games, she led the Diplomats to their first ECAC title in school history in 2002.
For her career, she now has 32 goals and six assists for 70 points to rank tenth in school history in points and seventh in goals.
Franklin & Marshall will open the season on September 2-3 at home as the Diplomats host Roger Williams University, Marymount and Eastern Mennonite University in the F&M Tournament at Baker Campus.
2005 Centennial Conference Women's Soccer Poll (First Place Votes)
1. Gettysburg (4) 91
2. Johns Hopkins (4) 90
3. Haverford (3) 87
4. Muhlenberg 73
5. Dickinson 61
6. Ursinus 57
7. McDaniel 45
8. Franklin & Marshall 41
9. Swarthmore 29
10. Washington 16
11. Bryn Mawr 14
Head coaches polled