Head Coach Eric Kinsey's Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cat soccer team, coming off of its fifth straight West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament berth, has been picked to finish seventh in the 10-team field by the conference's coaches in this year's preseason poll.
After registering a WVIAC championship under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Grassie in 2011, the University of Charleston (WV) has been selected to win the 2012 WVIAC Championship as voted on by the league’s coaches. The Mountain Cats are expected to have a solid squad returning this season. Pitt-Johnstown boasts three-time all-WVIAC selection Derik Swope and two-time all-WVIAC honoree Zeke Buchta. The duo shared team-high honors in points scored. Both registered six goals and four assists for 16 points.
The Golden Eagles claimed the top spot in the preseason poll by recording 98 total points. Charleston was first on eight ballots while registering two second-place votes. West Virginia Wesleyan College was second in the voting, tallying 88 points. The Bobcats corralled the other two first-place votes by the league’s coaches.
Davis & Elkins (WV) College was selected to finish third in the WVIAC, amassing 79 points. The Senators had one second-place vote and seven third-place votes. Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University and Seton Hill University rounded out the top-five.
The Lady Cat soccer team, under fifth-year head coach Jim Herlinger, has been selected to finish 11th with 20 points in the conference's preseason coaches' poll.
With 111 total points and five first-place votes, the West Virginia Wesleyan College has been chosen to win the 11-team WVIAC Championship.
The Lady Cats return Laura Hoehn, who red-shirted a season ago, and Kelsey Richardson. Both student-athletes are three-year starters. Richardson started 11 matches a season ago. She had a goal and helped shut down opposing squads. In 2010, Hoehn started 12 matches and scored four points off a goal and two assists.