Soccer Coaches Rank Team 13th Nationally

PROVO -- In this year's NSCAA/Adidas Preseason Coaches Poll, BYU's women's soccer team is ranked 13th nationally. The Cougar women's soccer team finished the season ranked 10th nationally, the highest final ranking for the six year program.

North Carolina tops the national poll followed by UCLA, Portland and Notre Dame, with Nebraska rounding out the top five teams.

The Cougars finished the 2000 season ranked 10th in the NSCAA Poll and compiled a 19-4-1 overall record advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Santa Clara (2-1 in ot).

In 2001, the BYU women will play seven top 25 teams beginning with their season opener on August 31 against No. 19 USC. Marquette, ranked No. 24 will make its first appearance in Provo on Sept. 15. Also in September, the Cougar women will go on the road to take on No. 3 Portland and No. 7 Washington. More top 25 teams are on tap in October with road contests against No. 9 Virginia, No. 22 Wake Forest and No. 5 Nebraska.

In other preseason polls, the MWC Coaches picked BYU to win its third consecutive title. The Cougars received five first-place votes and collected a total of 36 points to capture the top spot in the poll. Utah was picked to place second with 31 points and one first place vote, followed by San Diego State with 26, UNLV (21), New Mexico (14), Air Force (11) and Wyoming (8).

BYU won the 2000 regular-season MWC crown with a perfect 6-0 league record and captured the conference tournament title with a 6-1 victory over Utah.

Eleven letterwinners and six starters headline the 2001 team, including All-American Aleisha

Cramer, who collected ESPN/SoccerTimes.com National Freshman of the Year Honors last year. The sophomore from Lakewood, Colo. (Green Mountain HS) is also one of 13 college women's soccer players nominated for the 2001 Hermann Trophy, college soccer's oldest and most prestigious player of the year award.

2001 NCAA Women's Division I - NSCAA/Adidas Preseason Poll

Current Rank School 2000 Record

1. North Carolina 21-3-0

2. UCLA 19-4-1

3. Portland 18-4-0

4. Notre Dame 23-1-1

5. Nebraska 22-2-0

6. Santa Clara 16-7-1

7. Washington 17-3-0

8. Penn State 22-3-1

9. Virginia 11-8-1

10. Connecticut 17-7-2

11. Texas A&M 18-7-0

12. Clemson 19-3-1

13. BYU 19-4-1

14. California-Berkeley 17-3-1

15. Stanford 14-5-1

16. Florida State 14-8-2

17. Duke 14-8-2

18. Florida 16-8-0

19. Southern California 14-6-2

20. Texas 12-7-0

21. Dartmouth 13-4-0

22. Wake Forest 11-8-2

23. Harvard 17-3-0

24. Marquette 20-3-1

25. Hartford 17-3-0

Preseason MWC Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll

Pl. Team (1st Place Votes) Points

1. BYU (5) 36

2. Utah (1) 31

3. San Diego State 26

4. UNLV 21

5. New Mexico 14

6. Air Force 11

7. Wyoming 8