Women's Soccer Earns Highest Preseason Ranking Ever!

Aug. 16, 2001

Los Angeles -The UCLA women's soccer team earned its highest preseason ranking in the program's nine year history Thursday, as the Bruins were picked No. 2 by both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and online source Soccer Buzz.

North Carolina, which beat UCLA, 2-1 in last year's NCAA title game, was picked first in both polls.

The Bruins, who open the season on Sept. 1 against No. 3 Portland at the Fila Classic in Fullerton, return eight starters from a year ago and are coached by reigning NSCAA National Coach of the Year Jillian Ellis.

2001 NSCAA Preseason Top-25

1. North Carolina2. UCLA3. Portland4. Notre Dame5. Nebraska6. Santa Clara7. Washington8. Penn State9. Virginia10. Connecticut11. Texas A&M12. Clemson13. BYU14. Cal15. Stanford16. Florida State17. Duke18. Florida19. Southern California20. Texas21. Dartmouth22. Wake Forest23. Harvard24. Marquette25. Hartford
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