NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Saint Joseph's women's soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10 by a vote of the league's coaches, while graduate student forward Dakota Mills, senior midfielder Gabrielle Vagnozzi, and sophomore defender Mackenzie Ehresman were voted onto the Preseason All-Conference Team.
Saint Joseph's went 14-5-2 overall and 8-2-0 in conference play last year and advanced to the semifinals of the A-10 Championship.
A 2018 A-10 All-Conference First Team selection, Mills ranked second on the squad in points (16), goals (7), shots (42), and shots on goal (21) in 18 appearances with 16 starts last fall. Mills fired off four match-winning goals, all in A-10 play, in a comeback season for the ages. She ranks second in career goals (25), third in career points (80), and fifth in career shots (196) on Hawk Hill.
Vagnozzi appeared in all 21 games last fall, with 20 starts, en route to 10 points on two goals and six assists, ranking second on the squad in the latter category. Vagnozzi dished out five of those assists in A-10 competition.
Ehresman was the lone rookie Hawk to start all 21 games last year and helped solidify a Hawks' defensive unit that posted eight shutouts and a 0.79 goals against average in 2018. Ehresman added seven points on two goals and three helpers en route to 2018 A-10 All-Rookie Team accolades.
In the coaches’ poll, Saint Louis earned 13 first-place votes (192 points), followed by VCU (176), George Mason (163), and Saint Joseph's (161). UMass (135), Dayton (116), Fordham (104), La Salle (98), George Washington (97), Duquesne (83), Richmond (51), Davidson (40), Saint Bonaventure (28), and Rhode Island (26) rounded out the poll.
Saint Joseph’s opens the 2019 season on Thursday, August 22 at Drexel.