With the season nearly a week away, the Illinois State Redbird women's soccer team has been voted to finish third in the Missouri Valley Conference by the MVC Coaches poll.

ISU sits behind second-place Drake and the favorite Loyola Ramblers. Drake and ISU each received one vote for first place, while Loyola took the other six first-place votes.

The Redbirds finished their preseason schedule with a record of 1-0-1. They opened the season with a 3-0 win over the SIUE Cougars on Aug 10. They finished the preseason with a 0-0 at Butler against the Bulldogs.

The poll suggests the Redbirds will find themselves in the same situation as the year prior. The team will bring back 22 players 10 of which were last years starters.

Along with the team's third-place selection, junior Abby Basler and senior Kate Del Fava have been named to the MVC preseason All-Conference team.

While appearing in all 21 games, Basler led the 'Birds with 14 points. Her five goals and four assists tied her for the team lead in each category.

Del Fava also appeared in all 21 games. She finished the season with 13 points, five goals and four assists.

JAKE SERMERSHEIM is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at vidette_jrserme@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @JakeSermersheim

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