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Soccer America Women's Preseason Top 25
August 18th, 2009 11:45AM



[COLLEGE] Defending champion North Carolina is ranked No. 1 in the Soccer America Women's Preseason Top 25 rankings, as selected by its editors.

The Tar Heels, who return nine starters, including 2008 Soccer America Player of the Year Casey Nogueira, from last year's College Cup championship team and welcome back two starters -- Nikki Washington and Meghan Klingenberg -- who missed the postseason because of their participation at the U-20 Women's World Cup, are seeking their 20th national title in 28 years.

Pac-10 rivals Stanford and UCLA are 2-3 in the Preseason Top 25, while Portland and Notre Dame round out the top 5. For the complete Soccer America Women's Preseason Top 25 rankings ...

Soccer America Women's Preseason Top 25
1. North Carolina (25-1-2)
2. Stanford (22-2-1)
3. UCLA (22-1-2)
4. Portland (20-2-0)
5. Notre Dame (26-1-0)
6. Penn State (16-8-0)
7. Florida State (17-3-3)
8. Boston College (15-6-2)
9. Texas A&M (18-5-1)
10. Florida (19-4-1)
11. Virginia (15-5-3)
12. USC (16-5-2)
13. Missouri (16-5-2)
14. Duke (15-6-3)
15. San Diego (15-5-2)
16. West Virginia (14-3-6)
17. Colorado (14-5-4)
18. Michigan State (14-7-3)
19. California (10-9-1)
20. Connecticut (7-9-6)
21. Rutgers (13-7-2)
22. Washington State (10-6-5)
23. Illinois (12-9-2)
24. Oklahoma State (18-1-4)
25. James Madison (14-7-2)

Wednesday: Soccer America Women's Preseason All-Americans

Get the latest college news Monday-Friday in Soccer America's College Soccer Reporter.


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