Hanover has been picked to finish second in this year's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's soccer race in voting by league coaches.

Transylvania finished 2012 with a 7-2 conference record and an 11-6-3 mark overall, finishing second in the league standings and was picked to finish first with 98 points and eight first-place votes. Hanover got 85 points and one first-place vote.

.  The Pioneers defeated Earlham on penalty kicks in the HCAC tournament championship and fell 3-0 to Washington-St. Louis in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Earlham placed third in the poll with 68 total points and the final first place vote and was followed by Rose-Hulman (65), Defiance (57), Manchester (54), Franklin (52), Mount St. Joseph (31), Bluffton (27) and Anderson (13).

Hanover finished third last season with a 6-2-1 conference record and was 13-4-2 overall. The Panthers fell to Transylvania on penalty kicks in the HCAC tournament semifinals.

Hanover has one returning First-Team All-HCAC selection from last season's squad and will have to replace All-American Kaitlin McCulloch on defense. Tricia Walsh, a junior from Amelia, Ohio, led the team with seven goals and 15 points as a sophomore, earning an All-HCAC spot. Hanover fielded the conference's best offense and defense last fall, scoring 42 goals and allowing only 10 goals in 19 matches played.

Chloe Hutchinson, Rachel Alvis, Paige Byers and Erin Hancock joined Walsh as players to watch by the HCAC.

Bluffton senior goalkeeper Maggie Armstrong, a Switzerland County graduate, was also listed as a player to watch.