Katie Bowen and the Tar Heels enter the 2013 ranked No. 1 nationally by the NSCAA.
Katie Bowen and the Tar Heels enter the 2013 ranked No. 1 nationally by the NSCAA.
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Tar Heels Ranked No. 1 In Preseason Poll
Release: 08/13/2013

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Coach Anson Dorrance's women's soccer team, coming off the 22nd national championship in the past 32 years, is ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll issued Tuesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and sponsored by Continental Tire.

The Tar Heels were 15-5-3 a year ago but ended the season on a remarkable run, beating No. 1 regional seeds BYU, Stanford and Penn State in the final three rounds of the NCAA Tournament.  The other three participants in the 2012 College Cup are all in the top four of the preseason poll with Stanford ranked No. 2, Florida State No. 3 and Penn State No. 4.

Carolina will play nine of the preseason Top 25 teams in the regular season beginning with 16th-ranked Santa Clara on August 23 in Charlottesville, Va.

2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire Preseason Top 25

Rank, School, Previous Poll Position, 2012 W-L-T

1. North Carolina, 1, 15-5-3

2. Stanford, 3, 21-2-1

3. Florida State, 4, 20-4-0

4. Penn State, 2, 21-4-2

5. UCLA, 6, 16-3-2

6. BYU, 5, 20-2-2

7. Duke, 8, 15-6-2

8. Virginia, 10, 16-5-1

9. Florida, 8, 19-5-1

10. Notre Dame, 13, 16-6-2

11. San Diego State, 7, 21-2-1

12. Texas A&M, 14, 19-5-1

13. Baylor, 11, 19-1-5

14. Marquette, 12, 18-2-3

15. Wake Forest, 15, 14-6-3

16. Santa Clara, 18, 12-4-6

17. Maryland, 16, 14-7-2

18. Georgetown, 17, 16-4-3

19. Michigan, 19, 16-5-3

20. California, 21, 16-6-0

21. UCF, 20, 17-5-2

22. Portland, 24, 11-5-5

23. Ohio State, 23, 16-4-2

24. Texas Tech, 25, 16-6-1

25. Denver, 22, 17-3-4

Also Receiving Votes:  Tennessee 48, Pepperdine 37, Illinois 31, West Virginia 29, Boston College 28, USC 15, Auburn 15, Virginia Tech 10, Miami of Ohio 8, Missouri 2, Stephen F. Austin 1, Kentucky 1, LSU 1, Dartmouth 1, Arizona State 1


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