2014 PacWest Women's Soccer Poll
1. Azusa Pacific (11) 167
2. Cal Baptist (2) 156
3. Point Loma 131
4. BYU-Hawaii 120
5. Dixie State 114
6. Fresno Pacific 103
7. Hawai'i Hilo 100
8. Hawai'i Pacific 79
9. Dominican 75
10. Notre Dame de Namur 57
11. Academy of Art 40
12. Chaminade 27
13. Holy Names 14
First-place votes in parenthesis
"We are happy to be in the top half of the group," Dixie State head coach Kacey Bingham said. "I know this will motivate us to finish the season strong to finish higher than we are projected."
Dixie State opened last year's PacWest run winning four of their first five matches to hold an early league lead. The Storm held steady in the race until the end, dropping two of the last three matches to eventual PacWest champ Azusa Pacific and runner-up California Baptist. DSU tied for fourth place in the PacWest last season at 7-4-1 in Bingham's first year.
Mason, a three-time All-PacWest selection, returns for her final season after leading Dixie State last season in goals (7), points (17), shots (69), shots on goal (36) and game-winners (3).
"Jen has been a great leader and performance player for us," Bingham added. "We hope she continues to play at a high level for us."
Defending PacWest women's soccer champion Azusa Pacific was picked to repeat in 2014 in the annual preseason vote of league coaches, released Wednesday. APU and California Baptist split the individual preseason awards, previewing what should be a tight battle in the PacWest in 2014.
Azusa Pacific received 11 first-place votes and was picked second in the other two polls, totaling 167 points. Cal Baptist received the other two first-place votes and was picked no lower than third place on any ballot. Point Loma, BYU-Hawaii, Dixie State, Fresno Pacific and Hawai'i Hilo followed in the rankings with triple-digit points.
Hawai'i Pacific, Dominican, Notre Dame de Namur, Academy of Art, Chaminade and Holy Names rounded out the rankings.
Cal Baptist's Kimberley Allard was named PacWest Preseason Player of the Year and Silvia Sanchez was named PacWest Preseason Defender of the Year. Both players were first-team All-PacWest honorees in 2013 and tied for second in the conference with six assists apiece. Sanchez is the reigning PacWest Defender of the Year and Allard was the PacWest Freshman of the Year in 2011.
Azusa Pacific earned the other two individual awards, with Sarah Klinkenberg named PacWest Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year and Jason Surrell named PacWest Preseason Coach of the Year. Klinkenberg was the PacWest Freshman of the Year last season, ranking second in goals-against average (0.50) and third in save percentage (.864). Surrell was named coach of the year in 2013 by the PacWest, NSCAA and NCCAA after leading the Cougars to PacWest and NCCAA championships.
Azusa Pacific led the way with four preseason All-PacWest members, with Klinkenberg joined by Mayra Alamazan, Allyn Brown and Logan Chan. California Baptist received three spots in Allard, Sanchez and Rachel Witz. Allard, Almazan, Brown and Dixie State's Mason were all first-team All-PacWest members last season.