Panthers top league soccer poll

HCAC Soccer Poll

Hanover, 98 (9)

Transylvania, 88

Manchester, 82 (1)

Rose-Hulman, 65

Franklin, 48

Mount St. Joseph, 45

Defiance, 42

Earlham, 33

Bluffton, 30

Anderson, 19

After a record-setting season last fall, the Hanover College women's soccer team has been selected to repeat as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champions in 2014.

Hanover totaled 98 points (out of a possible 100) to lead the HCAC coaches' poll. The Panthers claimed nine of 10 first-place votes.

Transylvania University (Ky.) picked up 88 points to land second in the poll. Manchester University was third with 82 points and snagged one first-place vote.

One year ago, Hanover set a school single-season record with 18 wins and finished 18-2-2. The Panthers had a 16-match unbeaten streak (14-0-2) and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament for the second time in the past three seasons.

Hanover will open its campaign Friday, Aug. 29, against Piedmont College (Ga.) in Maryville, Tenn.

The Panthers' home-opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 6, against Spalding University (Ky.).

The squad's Heartland Conference slate kicks off Saturday, Oct. 4, at home against Bluffton University (Ohio).