Cardinal Exeter Selected Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year

Cardinal Exeter Selected Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year

Credit: University of Louisville

Cardinal Exeter Selected Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year

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by Garett Wall, University of Louisville

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 3:11 AM

The Louisville women’s soccer team was picked to finish second in the National Division of the BIG EAST Conference by the league’s head coaches, while Cardinals’ junior forward Christine Exeter was tabbed as the Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year.

The reigning BIG EAST National Division champion, Louisville received 98 points and two first-place votes in the poll results released on Tuesday, while Notre Dame was chosen as the favorite to win the division with 109 points and 12 first-place votes. Georgetown was picked third with 83 points and was followed by Rutgers (78 points), Villanova (52), Seton Hall (50), DePaul (33) and Cincinnati (29).

In the American Division, Marquette was selected first with 97 points, while Connecticut was second with 84. USF (57) was third, while Providence and Syracuse followed with 52 points each. St. John’s was sixth with 50 points and Pittsburgh was seventh with 21. The votes were cast by the league’s 15 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own teams.

The Cardinals enter 2012 following their best season in school history advancing to the program's first NCAA Sweet 16 and closing 2011 ranked 24th in the final NSCAA coaches' poll. With its 14-7-3 record overall, Louisville set a school record for wins while also earning its first ever BIG EAST Conference National Division title. Making its third NCAA Championship appearance ever, U of L earned a first round win over Dayton and eliminated No. 4 seeded and previously unbeaten Memphis in the second round before falling to No. 1 seed Florida State in the Sweet 16.

Exeter (Pickering, Ont., Canada/Pickering HS), the 2011 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and the only unanimous preseason All-BIG EAST selection in 2012, led the Cardinals with 14 goals and three assists while starting 23 of 24 games as a sophomore. A 2011 NSCAA All-America honoree, Exeter connected for five game-winning goals, including the only goal of the match in the Cardinals' win at Cincinnati to clinch the BIG EAST National Division title.

Louisville will open its preseason schedule with a pair of exhibition games this weekend at Cardinal Park. The Cardinals will host Ohio State on Friday at 6 p.m., ET before closing the weekend on Sunday at 1 p.m., against Wright State.

2012 BIG EAST WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
                                                2011       2011                                       2011 BIG EAST
American                              Points    Overall  BIG EAST              Regular Season Finish     
1. Marquette (13)                 97           18-4-0    10-1-0                    T-1st
2. Connecticut (2)                84           7-8-2      4-5-2                      6th  
3. USF                                    57           6-8-4      2-6-3                      7th
4. Providence                       52           8-9-4      5-6-0                      T-4th
4. Syracuse                           52           7-8-3      6-5-0                      3rd
6. St. John’s                          50           9-9-1      5-6-0                      T-4th        
7. Pittsburgh                         21           2-13-4    1-8-2                      8th           

                                                2011       2011                                       2011 BIG EAST
National                                Points    Overall  BIG EAST              Regular Season Finish
1. Notre Dame (12)             109         10-8-3    6-3-2                      3rd
2. Louisville (2)                    98           14-7-3    8-1-2                      1st
3. Georgetown                     83           15-6-0    8-3-0                      2nd
4. Rutgers (1)                        78           8-8-3      3-5-3                      5th
5. Villanova                           52           8-9-2      4-7-0                      6th
6. Seton Hall                         50           9-8-3      4-6-1                      4th
7. DePaul                              33           3-14-1    1-9-1                      8th
8. Cincinnati                         29           6-9-4      2-7-2                      7th

2012 BIG EAST PRESEASON AWARD WINNERS
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Christine Exeter, Louisville, Jr., F

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Ally Miller, Marquette, Sr., D

Preseason Goalkeepers of the Year
Brittany Anghel, Syracuse, Jr., GK
Jami Kranich, Villanova, Jr., GK

All-BIG EAST Preseason Team^
Brittany Anghel, Syracuse, Jr., GK
Daphne Corboz, Georgetown, So., M
*Christine Exeter, Louisville, Jr., F
Jonelle Filigno, Rutgers, R-Jr., F
Riley Houle, Connecticut, So., M
Maegan Kelly, Marquette, Jr., F/M
Jami Kranich, Villanova, Jr., GK
Mandy Laddish, Notre Dame, Jr., M
Amy Marron, St. John’s, Jr., F/M
Ally Miller, Marquette, Sr., D
Danielle Schulmann, Connecticut, Sr., F
Demi Stokes, USF, Jr., F

* unanimous selection
^ due to a tie in voting, an extra member has been added to the Preseason Team

 

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