Soccer Picked Fifth in the West by the Coaches

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Soccer Picked Fifth in the West by the Coaches

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The LSU women’s soccer team was picked to finish the 2000 season in fifth place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division according to the coaches.

The Tigers tallied 25 points, which is 30 behind Ole Miss’s 55. The Rebels are picked to win the Western Division Title this season. Arkansas came in a close second behind Ole Miss with 54 points. Alabama and Auburn were both picked to finish ahead of LSU, and Mississippi State rounded out the division in sixth place.

In the Eastern Division, coming off their fourth straight SEC title in 1999, the Florida Gators were the favorite to win the Eastern Division with 64 points. The Gators also received eight first place votes, placing them on top of the SEC. Kentucky and Vanderbilt, which received the other first place votes, were second and third respectively.   Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee finished the Eastern Division.

Overall, the Gators are expected to clinch their fifth straight title this 2000 soccer season.

LSU, with new head coach George Fotopoulos, opens the season with two matches on the road on Aug. 25 against Troy State and Aug. 27 against Louisiana-Monroe. The home opener at the Tiger Soccer Complex is on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. against Texas Tech.

Here is a look at the SEC soccer coaches’ poll:

SEC Champion
Team Votes
Florida 8
Kentucky 3
Vanderbilt 1
Eastern Division
Team Votes
Florida (9) 64
Kentucky (2) 55
Vanderbilt (1) 39
Georgia 38
South Carolina 31
Tennessee 19
Western Division
Team Votes
Ole Miss (6) 55
Arkansas (5) 54
Alabama 49
Auburn (1) 43
LSU 25
Miss. State 20