FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The USA South Athletic Conference released its men's and women's preseason soccer polls on Wednesday.
The Huntingdon women are fifth in the West Division and the Huntingdon men are sixth in the West Division of their poll.
In the women's poll, Maryville and Piedmont are tied for first in the West Division with 60 points apiece. Maryville, which received five first-place votes, and Piedmont, which picked up four first-place votes, tied for the West Division title last season.
Behind the frontrunners, Covenant is third with 50 points, Brevard is fourth with 37 points and Huntingdon is fifth with 35 points. Behind the Hawks, Agnes Scott (32 points) is sixth, Wesleyan (18 points) is seventh, Berea (17 points) is eighth and LaGrange (15 points) is ninth.
Defending conference champion Methodist leads the East Division poll with 41 points. Methodist was one of five East teams to receive a first-place vote. The Monarchs earned two first-place votes.
Salem is second with three first-place votes and 40 points and third-place Meredith College earned one first-place vote and 39 points. Salem and Meredith were the 2017 East Division co-champions.
Fourth-place Pfeiffer (33 points) and fifth-place Greensboro (31 points) each received one first-place vote.
In the men's poll, defending West Division champion Maryville is the preseason favorite with six first-place votes and 36 points. Brevard and Covenant are tied for second with 26 points. Brevard picked up one first-place vote.
Piedmont is fourth with 25 points, LaGrange is fifth with 15 points, Huntingdon is sixth with 13 points and Berea is seventh with six points.
North Carolina Wesleyan, the defending conference champion, leads the East Division with four first-place votes and 24 points. Greensboro is second with two first-place votes and 22 points.
The complete polls are below.
2018 USA South Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll
T1. Maryville (5 first-place votes), 60 points
T1. Piedmont (4), 60 points
3. Covenant, 50 points
4. Brevard, 37 points
5. Huntingdon, 35 points
6. Agnes Scott, 32 points
7. Wesleyan, 18 points
8. Berea, 17 points
9. LaGrange, 15 points
1. Methodist (2), 41 points
2. Salem (3), 40 points
3. Meredith (1), 39 points
4. Pfeiffer (1), 33 points
5. Greensboro (1), 31 points
6. N.C. Wesleyan, 19 points
7. Averett, 14 points
8. William Peace, 7 points
2018 USA South Preseason Men's Soccer Coaches' Poll
1. Maryville (6 first-place votes), 36 points
T2. Brevard (1), 26 points
T2. Covenant, 26 points
4. Piedmont, 25 points
5. LaGrange, 15 points
6. Huntingdon, 13 points
7. Berea, 6 points
1. N.C. Wesleyan (4), 24 points
2. Greensboro (2), 22 points
T3. Methodist, 15 points
T3. Pfeiffer, 15 points
5. Averett, 8 points
6. William Peace, 6 points