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Miguez Named Preseason All-SBC, Blue Raiders Picked Fifth

August 20, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Junior Laura Miguez has been named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt soccer team while Middle Tennessee was picked to finish fifth in a poll of the league's coaches.

Miguez, the Blue Raiders leading scorer in 2002 with nine goals and three assists for 21 points, was one of three forwards on the team, joining Marilyn Marin of North Texas and Mychael Movius of Denver up top.

"With Laura making First Team All-Conference last season, that really helped her earn this honor and it's great for her to be selected again," Blue Raider head coach Aston Rhoden said. "We're hoping she lives up to the expectations and it's a great award for Laura."

Denver's Melissa Behrent, Rebecca Kahn of South Alabama and Western Kentucky's Jocelyn Roach were voted to the team as midfielders, while Elena Esquibel of Arkansas-Little Rock, South Alabama's Melissa Moeschl, Jamie Norwood of Denver and Western Kentucky's Melissa Robinson were named as defenders. South Alabama's Amber Angermeier was voted the all-conference keeper, with Marin bagging Player of the Year honors.

Denver edged North Texas for the top spot in the predicted order of finish by the coaches, with the Pioneers garnering five first-place votes and 77 points to four first-place votes and 74 points for North Texas. Western Kentucky was third with 53 points, with South Alabama in fourth (48) and Middle Tennessee fifth (45). Florida International (41), Louisiana-Lafayette (31), Arkansas State (19) and Arkansas-Little Rock (17) round out the poll.

"Being picked fifth gives us a chance to work higher into the conference mix. We feel good about our team and our ability to improve as the season progresses, and this gives us something to shoot for, especially since third and fifth are so close."

Middle Tennessee took Wednesday off from practice. The Blue Raiders will work again Thursday and Friday in preparation for Saturday's exhibition against Louisville in Huntsville, Ala. Middle Tennessee opens the season August 31 at 1 p.m. at Blue Raider Field versus Belmont, the first of nine home matches in 2003 for the squad.

2003 Sun Belt Conference Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Forwards

Marilyn Marin, Sr., North Texas Mychael Movius, Sr., Denver Laura Miguez, Jr., Middle Tennessee

Midfielders
Melissa Behrent, Sr., Denver Rebecca Kahn, So., South Alabama Jocelyn Roach, Jr., Western Kentucky

Defensemen
Elena Esquibel, Jr., UALR Melissa Moeschl, Sr., South Alabama Jamie Norwood, Sr., Denver Melissa Robinson, Jr., Western Kentucky

Goalkeeper
Amber Angermeier, Jr., South Alabama

Player of the Year - Marilyn Marin, North Texas

Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
Denver (5) 77
North Texas (4) 74
Western Kentucky 53
South Alabama 48
Middle Tennessee 45
Florida International 41
UL Lafayette 31
Arkansas State 19
Arkansas-Little Rock 17

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