Women's MAC, SBC, Summit & Horizon Previews

Women's MAC, SBC, Summit & Horizon Previews
by Victor Olorunfemi
August 16, 2023

The TDS college soccer preview continues with a look into MAC, SBC, Summit & Horizon women's soccer conferences.

Mid-American Conference Preview

In quite the way to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014, Buffalo accomplished an undefeated regular and post-season MAC run. At the core was an undefeated home record with ten wins and one draw. With that kind of home advantage, and multiple returners, such as Ellie Simmons, who won Defensive Player of the Year last season as a freshman, Buffalo will be around the top of the league.

Top Freshmen to Watch:

Alexandra Arnold, Western Michigan (#173 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Mika Marolly, Buffalo (Canada U17 National Team)

Emma Stransky. Bowling Green (Gatorade Ohio POTY)

Sophia Penegor, Miami (OH) (#22 Ranked TDS Great Lakes Region)

Jaimason Brooker, Ohio University (#26 Ranked TDS Great Lakes Region)

Top Players to Watch:

Ellie Simmons, Buffalo

Delaney Caldwell, Ball State

Jenna Blackburn, Western Michigan

Maya Dean, Bowling Green

Camber Hayes, Miami (OH)

Sun Belt Conference Preview

Old Dominion kicked off life in their new conference as they ended it in their former one as conference tournament champions and NCAA representatives. They did so, surpassing Georgia Southern and Arkansas State, the East and West Sun Belt regular season champions. And with the conference as formidable and complex as it is, with fourteen total teams split into two divisions, it is anyone’s guess who will step up as champions.

Top Freshmen to Watch:

Jeanette Fieldsend, James Madison (#76 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Mia Serna, Old Dominion (#81 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Rubie Kelley, Troy (#196 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Amara Codd, Coastal Carolina (#25 Ranked TDS Mid-Atlantic Region)

Summer Bowman, Appalachian State (#29 Ranked TDS South Atlantic Region)

Top Players to Watch:

Jasmine Greene, South Alabama

Alexandra Blom, James Madison

Eva Diez Lois, Georgia State

Ece Turkoglu, Old Dominion

Elis Nemstov, Georgia Southern

Summit League Preview

Undefeated conference seasons did little for Denver and South Dakota State as Omaha walked away with the tournament trophy. It was a historic accomplishment for a team that reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. And with Denver and South Dakota going to be as strong as ever, Omaha will need even more to do it again.
*Western Illinois leaves for the Ohio Valley Conference

Top Freshmen to Watch:

Michaela McGowan, Denver (#90 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Keara Chaffe, Omaha (#13 Ranked TDS Heartland Region)

Alisha Sandoval, UMKC (#18 Ranked TDS Heartland Region)

Milan Cordone, North Dakota (#24 Ranked TDS Rocky Mountains & Southwest Region)

Sam Luft, South Dakota

Top Players to Watch:

Maya Hansen, South Dakota State

Mariah Nguyen, St. Thomas (Minn.)

Emma Konsmo, Omaha

Julia Thasaphong, Oral Roberts

Paige Goaley, North Dakota State

Horizon League Preview

Wisconsin-Milwaukee continued its reach history with a 16th trip to the NCAA tournament and fifth in a row. It also means they have had a share of the regular season or tournament Horizon Championships in every season but one since 2000. They have dominated this conference more than any other team in college soccer has dominated, and there is no reason to believe this season will be different.

Top Freshmen to Watch:

Sara Weigel, Robert Morris (#10 Ranked RDS Pennsylvania Region)

Ellie Rebmann, Wisconsin-Milwaukee (#29 Ranked TDS Midwest Region)

Gwenyth Jarosz, Cleveland State

Kylie Anderson, Northern Kentucky

Lorelei Miller, Oakland

Top Players to Watch:

Marcella Sizer, Wright State

Samantha Castaneda, Purdue Fort Wayne

Abbey Lodato, Detroit Mercy

Lainey Higgins, Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Rylee Bussen, Cleveland State

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