Northwest Conference women’s soccer coaches selected Whitworth to finish in second place in their preseason poll.
The Pirates picked up 56 points and one first-place vote. Nine-time champion Puget Sound earned 69 points.
Whitworth returns senior first-team All-NWC selections Callie Bergstrom (goalkeeper), Anisa Babar (defender) and Sarah Berentson (forward).
West Coast Conference coaches, in their preseason poll, predicted that Gonzaga will finish in a tie for last place.
The Zags earned nine points in the poll. Favored Loyola Marymount received 36 points.
GU sophomore midfielder James Matern made the preseason All-WCC team.