Cougars receive national attention in preseason

Aug 23, 2013 - Posted by knielsen on August 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm

The BYU women's soccer team collected a lot of national attention in preseason rankings before the 2013 season began. Reaching the Elite Eight for the second time in program history and taking eventual national champion North Carolina to two overtimes in 2012 helped boost the Cougars into the top 10 of  most rankings this preseason.

In the national rankings, BYU was voted sixth in the country by the NSCAA coaches poll. They also finished eighth, ninth, 11th, 12th and 20th in several other rankings. A composite ranking done by CollegeSoccer360.com using nine different polls or metrics put the Cougars 11th in the country. The rankings included two computer systems and a strength of schedule component in addition to polls. The Cougars were picked to finish in third place in the West Coast Conference by the coaches. 

Individual players also received preseason recognition thanks to their success in 2012. Senior midfielder Cloee Colohan received five different honors including being named to the Preseason All-WCC team and the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC First Team. Colohan was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI Second Team and to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-America Fourth Team. She was also put on the AllWhiteKit.com Midfielder of the Year Shortlist.

Senior goalkeeper Erica Owens made the preseason all-conference team and was named to the AllWhiteKit.com Golden Glove Shortlist and the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC Team.

Senior midfielder Rachel Manning was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team and the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC Second Team.

Sophomore midfielder Michele Murphy was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team, while fellow sophomore central defender Paige Hunt was named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC First Team.