NSCAA Ranks Soccer No. 24

The 2003 soccer team is ranked No. 24 by the NSCAA in preseason voting. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Tuesday the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced its preseason rankings for NCAA Division I schools with BYU weighing in at No. 24.

The Cougars, who finished the 2002 season with a No. 23 ranking, are the only Mountain West Conference school to make the preseason top-25.

Also making the cut are four teams on the Cougars' regular season home schedule, No. 14 Tennessee, No. 17 Michigan, No. 19 USC, and No. 21 Florida. "We are looking forward to hosting four ranked teams at South Stadium," said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood, "Playing top caliber teams will challenge our squad, and provide great games for the fans to come and see."

The four-time defending MWC Champion Cougars were picked to finish second in the preseason MWC rankings.

BYU will play host to Nevada-Reno in an exhibition game on Friday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. at South Stadium. The Cougars open the regular season against No. 17 Michigan on Friday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m.