VIRGINIA BEACH -- Another standout season for Virginia Wesleyan College's women's soccer team will include final Top 25 ranking in two national polls.
D3soccer.com has ranked the Marlins No. 17 and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has placed VWC No. 25 in the final rankings for the 2012 season.
Virginia Wesleyan rolled through the regular season with an impressive 17-0-1 record and finished the campaign 18-2-1. The Marlins set several new program records, including longest winning streak with 13 victories from mid-September through the end of October. That tops the former record of 12 straight wins during the 1994 season.
The Marlins out-goaled foes 87-10, tying the program record for goals set in 2003. VWC also posted a lopsided 53-5 advantage in assists, breaking the former program record of 52 assists set in 2007. The goals and assists added up to a 227-25 advantage in points for the Marlins, erasing the former VWC record of 216 points scored in the 2003 season.
The 18-2-1 finish marked the 14th consecutive winning season for VWC, with 13 posted under the direction of head coach Jeff Bowers. He guided the Marlins to an eighth straight appearance in the NCAA DIII championship tournament and ninth in the past 10 years.
Bowers' 13-year record at VWC is now 202-51-28 overall, with the 200th victory posted this season in a 4-1 win over Roanoke College. That win also capped an 11-0-1 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, marking the fifth undefeated league record for VWC under Bowers' leadership. His 13-year conference record is now an impressive 119-14-11.
Virginia Wesleyan graduates seven stalwart seniors, including key performers offensively and defensively, but return a strong nucleus of players for the 2013 season.