INDIANAPOLIS – Cleveland state women’s football was voted sixth in the Horizon League Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll, as voted by the league’s head coaches, the Horizon League announced on Wednesday.
The Greens and Whites received 91 votes, 18 votes more than Wright State, which came in seventh just behind Cleveland State.
The Vikings start this season after a 6-4-0 spring season and finish fifth in the league. Cleveland State ended its spring campaign with a three-game winning streak and narrowly missed the four-team playoff.
The reigning Horizon League Freshman of the Year returns this season for the Vikes Kathryn Ramicone. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, became the league’s top scorer with 14 points, thanks to five goals that earned her the standings paired with four assists.
Also returning to the field for Cleveland State is a 2021 All-Horizon League First Team member Maddie Young. Young scored four goals and distributed three assists during a month-long five-game points streak from February 10 to March 10. With four goals and four assists in the season, Young became Cleveland State’s second top scorer and finished third in the Horizon League points race.
Viking captains this season are seniors Essence Canada and Helena Novatsidis. Starting her fifth year as a member of the Vikings women’s football program, Canady has appeared in 50 games (48 starts) in her four-year career, scoring six goals and two assists for 14 points, while Novatsidis will begin her fourth season for the Greens Whites.
Cleveland State will play on a “normal” fall schedule of 20 games. The Vikings kick off their season with a home game against Kent State on Thursday, August 19th at 7pm in addition to free bacon. Cleveland State will face all 11 #HLWSOC opponents in six home games and five street competitions over the course of the season. Boyer’s squad will open the league game on Thursday, September 16, against IUPUI at 6 p.m. on Krenzler Field.
Fans of Cleveland State women’s football are invited to join the Viking Fund by www.csuvikings.com/VikingFund. The financial support goes to all 330+ student athletes who become champions in class, in the community and in competition. For more information on the Viking Fund, contact Assistant Athletics Director Brandon Longmeier at [email protected] or call (216) 630-2974.
Fall 2021 # HLWSOC preseason survey
Pl. Team – pts. (First-placed votes)
- Milwaukee – 130 (9)
- Northern Kentucky – 120 (1)
- Oakland – 112 (1)
- UIC – 111
- IUPUI – 104
- Cleveland State – 91
- Wright State – 73
- Youngstown State – 46 (1)
- Green Bay – 44
- Purdue Fort Wayne – 42
- Detroit Mercy – 41st
- RMU – 22