COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - The MCC women's soccer team is ranked second in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll, which was released Tuesday afternoon.
The Tribunes are coming off a fantastic 2016 campaign in which they went 14-3-3, won Region III and District E titles, and finished in third place at the NJCAA national tournament after falling on penalty kicks to eventual champion Paradise Valley in the semifinals.
Monroe once again boasts a difficult schedule, with this year's slate featuring five teams either ranked or receiving votes in the D-I poll. MCC opens with Harford (RV) at home on Aug. 25, and travels to No. 8 Monroe College on Sept. 9.
The Tribunes host fifth-ranked Eastern Florida on Sept. 15 and embark on a pivotal roadtrip to Schoolcraft College in October, where they will face the ninth-ranked Ocelots and No. 13 Lewis & Clark on back-to-back days.
In addition, MCC will face a pair of Top 10 D-III teams in No. 6 Finger Lakes (Sept. 3) and No. 2 Erie (Sept. 13).
The schedule also features a home-and-home series with Region III foe Mercyhurst North East, the winner of which will claim the regional title.
The full Top 20 may be found here.