Washington Women Ranked No. 7 in Soccer Coaches' Poll

Aug. 24, 2001

MISSION, Kan. - The Washington women's soccer team received its highest preseason ranking ever, holding the No. 7 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll released this week.

Defending NCAA champion North Carolina is the nation's top-ranked team followed by last year's runner-up UCLA. Last year's other two Final Four qualifiers, Portland and Notre Dame, are ranked Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. Nebraska is ranked fifth followed by Santa Clara and Washington. Penn State, Virginia and Connecticut round out the top 10.

This marks the first preseason ranking for the UW women in seven years, dating to a No. 20 opening ranking in 1994. Washington was picked 10th in another preseason poll, conducted by Soccer Buzz magazine.

The Huskies are coming off the finest season in their 11-year history, posting an 18-3 record. They won their first ever Pac-10 championship and received the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Washington advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time before falling 1-0 to Portland.

Washington was unranked in last year's preseason poll, but completed the season with a No. 11 ranking in the NSCAA poll. The Huskies face a difficult 2001 schedule that includes eight opponents ranked among the top 20, including No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Portland and No. 5 Nebraska.

The Huskies open the season on Saturday (Aug. 25) with an intra-squad scrimmage. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. Washington begins regular-season play on Sept. 1 at Utah State.

2001 NCAA Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank  School        2000 Record
1. North Carolina 21-3-0
2. UCLA 19-4-1
3. Portland 18-4-0
4. Notre Dame 23-1-1
5. Nebraska 22-2-0
6. Santa Clara 16-7-1
7. WASHINGTON 18-3-0
8. Penn State 22-3-1
9. Virginia 11-8-1
10. Connecticut 17-7-2
11. Texas A&M 18-7-0
12. Clemson 19-3-1
13. Brigham Young 21-4-0
14. California 17-3-1
15. Stanford 14-5-1
16. Florida State 14-8-2
17. Duke 14-8-2
18. Florida 16-8-0
19. USC 14-6-2
20. Texas 12-7-0
21. Dartmouth 13-4-0
22. Wake Forest 11-8-2
23. Harvard 17-3-0
24. Marquette 20-3-1
25. Hartford 17-3-0
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