Six ACC Women's Soccer Teams Ranked Among NSCAA Preseason Top 25

Aug. 9, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Six Atlantic Coast Conference women’s soccer teams are included among the 2011 National Soccer Coaches’ Association (NSCAA) preseason rankings, including four teams among the top six and five among the top 10.

North Carolina holds a No. 3 preseason ranking in the poll released Tuesday, followed by 2010 College Cup participant Boston College at No. 4, Florida State at No. 5, Maryland at No. 6 and Virginia at No. 10. Defending ACC champion Wake Forest holds the No. 18 spot.

Defending national champion Notre Dame holds the No. 1 spot in the poll, and 2010 NCAA runner-up Stanford is ranked second. The ACC’s six ranked teams lead all conferences.

All six ranked ACC teams were among the conference record-tying eight that competed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Duke, another NCAA participant from last season, also received votes in the 2011 NSCAA preseason poll.

ACC Women’s Soccer is coming off a 2010 season which saw five teams – Boston College, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia and Maryland – finish the year ranked among the nation’s Top 10. Two more teams – Duke and Wake Forest – finished last season ranked among the Top 25. With Boston College advancing to play in the 2010 College Cup, the ACC has placed at least one team among the final four of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship in 28 of the 29 years the event has been held.

The ACC is set to return 18 players which earned first- or second-team All-ACC honors in 2010, including Defensive Player of the year Crystal Dunn of North Carolina and Freshman of the Year Katie Stengel of Wake Forest. In addition, 2009 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Tiffany McCarty of Florida State is set to return after taking redshirt year in 2010 due to injury. The 2011 season gets under way the weekend of Aug. 19-21, when all 11 ACC teams are scheduled to see action.

Listed below are the complete 2011 NSCAA/Continental Tire National Preseason Rankings:

Rank School Prev. W-L-T
1 Notre Dame 1 21-1-2
2 Stanford 2 23-1-2
3 North Carolina 6 19-3-2
4 Boston College 4 17-7-1
5 Florida State 7 16-6-1
6 Maryland 10 18-2-3
7 Portland 8 19-1-2
8 Ohio State 4 17-5-2
9 Florida 12 19-2-3
10 Virginia 9 15-5-2
11 Texas A&M 16 15-5-3
12 Marquette 11 16-5-3
13 West Virginia 13 18-5-1
14 Oklahoma State 5 20-4-2
15 Santa Clara 19 13-7-2
16 UCLA 22 13-8-2
17 UC Irvine 14 19-3-2
18 Wake Forest 25 13-8-3
19 Oregon State 17 16-4-1
20 Washington 15 13-9-2
21 South Carolina 24 15-6-4
22 Minnesota 21 14-6-3
23 Georgetown 18 15-7-2
24 Illinois RV 13-4-1
25 USC RV 13-6-3



Also receiving votes: Penn State, Duke, North Carolina-Greensboro, Georgia, BYU, Memphis, San Diego, Texas, Hofstra, Denver