Manchester University was picked sixth on the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's soccer preseason coaches' poll, released Tuesday, Aug. 13.
The Spartans, coming off the program's first winning season since 2006 and first league postseason tournament berth since 2008, earned 54 ranking points. Their total left them just three shy of the top five and only 11 from the top four.
Transylvania University was tabbed the preseason favorite with 98 points and eight first-place votes. It was a nip-and-tuck decision for second and third, as Hanover edged Earlham 85-68 with both sides getting a first-place vote.
The complete HCAC women's soccer preseason coaches' poll can be viewed at http://www.heartlandconf.org/sports/wsoc/2013-14/releases/8_13_wsoc_preseason.