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3. POLLS: Defending women's champs are ranked No. 1
August 18th, 2006 5:09PM



Defending champions Portland (NCAA Division I), Nebraska-Omaha (Division II) and Messiah (Division III) are ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA/adidas women's preseason polls.

Portland is ranked No. 2 behind UCLA in the Soccer America Preseason Top 25.

Nebraska-Omaha returns eight starters, including third-team All-American and North Central Conference MVP Beth McGill. The Mavericks also welcome back NCC Freshman of the Year Amanda Iwansky, Brandie Beale and Amber Richardson.

Messiah returns 13 players who played in last year's D3 final when they edged the College of New Jersey, 1-0.

For the NSCAA/adidas preseason women's polls (D1, D2 & D3):

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