Kentucky Picks Up First Place Vote, Picked Third in SEC Coaches Poll

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team was picked to finish third in the 2015 Southeastern Conference season, the league’s head coaches predicted in the annual coaches poll that was released on Monday afternoon.

Kentucky finished third a season ago in the SEC, matching its program-best finish. With 140 points, Kentucky also received one first-place vote. Monday marked the first time under head coach Jon Lipsitz that Kentucky has received a first-place vote.

UK returns nine of 11 starters from a season ago, which saw the Wildcats advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

Florida was picked to win the league, garnering 167 points and 11 of the 14 first-place votes.

Points were compiled on a 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, though each coach was not allowed to vote for their own team.

The 23rd season of women’s soccer in the SECseason begins August 21.

Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Florida (11)

2. Texas A&M (2)

3. Kentucky (1)

4. South Carolina

5. Tennessee

6. Missouri

7. Auburn

8. Arkansas

9. Georgia

10. Ole Miss

11. LSU

12. Alabama

13. Vanderbilt

14. Mississippi State

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