The Tennessee Lady Vol soccer team was picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division in the 2009 annual poll of the league’s head coaches. The Big Orange garnered 43 points to trail Florida (66 points) and Georgia (53 points) in the divisional standings.
The defending conference regular-season champion Gators were the coaches’ overwhelming choice to repeat as both the overall league and Eastern Division titlist, while LSU totaled 63 points to hold off Auburn (58 total points) for the Western Division’s top spot.
Tennessee enters Saturday’s season opener versus in-state foe East Tennessee State carrying a roster of 23 players, including 15 returning letter winners, seven returning starters from last year’s SEC Tournament championship team and eight lauded newcomers.
Leading the returnees for the Orange and White are senior forward Mick Imgram, sophomore midfielder Chelsea Hatcher, junior midfielder/forward Julie Edwards and junior midfielder Tanya Emerson. Among the lauded newcomers are forwards Jayden Barrett and Alexis Owens, defender Ali Hall, midfielder Amy Harrison and midfielder/defender Kylie Bono.
The Orange and White kickoff game starts the 2009 regular season on Aug. 22, when ETSU visits Knoxville for a 7 p.m. matchup.