Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
West Virginia is unanimous pick for third title in a row
August 22nd, 2014 2:35AM
Subscribe to College Soccer Reporter

MOST READ
TAGS:  college women

MOST COMMENTED

[PREVIEW: Big 12 Women] With nine starters returning from last year’s squad, including young Canadian star Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia, the two-time defending Big 12 regular-season champion, is again the team to beat. It was the unanimous pick to win the conference again in a vote of the head coaches and the top ranked team, at No. 16, in the Soccer America preseason rankings.

Besides Buchanan, a starter on both Canada's senior and U-20 national team, fellow sophomore Ashley Lawrence and senior Kate Schwindel, the team’s top returning point earner with a career-best 28 points (11 goals, 6 assists) in 2013, return for the Mountaineers.

Texas Tech, No. 22 in the Soccer America Preseason Top 20, was chosen to place second. Tom Stone's Red Raiders have earned a NCAA bid each of the past two years and combined for just two Big 12 losses over the previous two seasons. They'll again be led by senior Jaelene Hinkle and junior Janine Beckie.

Led by Nigerian U-20 star Courtney Dike, Oklahoma State was selected third and received the other first-place nod. Nine other OSU starters are back from 2013 when the Cowgirls made their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. Dike, the  top returning scorer in the Big 12 with 13 goals and 30 points as a freshman, was joined by teammates Allie Stephenson and Natalie Calhoun, on the preseason All-Big 12 team.

Baylor and Texas were picked fourth and fifth, respectively. The Bears have earned NCAA bids in two of the last three campaigns, while the Longhorns posted their best Big 12 finish (third) since 2007 last season. Rounding out the Big 12 poll was Kansas at No. 6, followed by TCU, Iowa State and Oklahoma.

Buchanan and Hinkle were joined on the Soccer America Preseason All-American Team by Texas goalie Abby Smith.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Men's College Cup: Stanford repeats as national champ    
Stanford repeated as the NCAA Division I men's champion, winning its second shootout in three days ...
NSCAA All-Americans: NCAA Division I Men    
Men's College Cup runner-up Wake Forest placed three seniors on the 2016 NSCAA NCAA Division I ...
NSCAA All-Americans: NAIA    
Hastings sophomore Daniel Whitehall (34 goals and added nine assists) and Northwestern Ohio sophomore Camilla Andersen ...
NSCAA All-Americans: Junior College Division I    
Tyler sophomore Yazeed Matthews and Monroe freshman Eleni Markou were named the 2016 NSCAA Junior College ...
NSCAA All-Americans: Junior College Division III    
Richland sophomore Mikkel Rohde and Diablo Valley sophomore Katie McLaughlin were named the 2016 NSCAA Junior ...
Making a List: NCAA Division I women's champions    
USC became the first Pac-12 team and just fourth team to win more than one NCAA ...
Women's College Cup: USC stuns West Virginia    
USC got two late goals from Mexican international Katie Johnson to beat top-ranked West Virginia, 3-1, ...
NAIA: Hastings and NW Ohio take championships    
A pair of subs teamed up to give Hastings its second NAIA men's title over Rio ...
NCAA Division III: Tufts and Washington capture crowns    
Tufts won its second NCAA Division III men's championship in three years, while Washington (Mo.) captured ...
NCAA Division II: Wingate and WWU claim first titles    
Wingate and Western Washington won their first national championships in soccer when they captured the men's ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives