UNC first in ACC women’s soccer poll
North Carolina, which returns eight starters from last season’s NCAA Championship team, has been selected first in the ACC women’s soccer preseason poll.
Coach Anson Dorrance’s Tar Heels received 13 first-place votes in balloting among the league’s 14 coaches. Reigning regular-season champion Florida State received the other first-place vote.
UNC collected 119 total points (14 points for each first-place vote, 13 points for each second-place vote, etc.). FSU, which joined the Tar Heels in the 2012 NCAA College Cup (171 points), and 2012 ACC champion Virginia (161) were selected second and third, respectively.
Duke (153 points), new ACC member Notre Dame (143) and Wake Forest (140) were selected to finish fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, followed by Maryland (110), Boston College (102), Virginia Tech (85), Clemson and Miami (tie, 56), Syracuse (45), N.C. State (36) and Pittsburgh (18).
UNC’s long list of returnees from its national championship squad team includes MAC Hermann Trophy winner and ACC defensive player of the year Crystal Dunn, and 2012 NCAA Women’s College Cup’s Most Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Players Kealia Ohai and Satara Murray.
Florida State’s returning cast includes first team ACC selection goalkeeper Kelsey Wys and defender Kassey Kallman, ACC Championship MVP Morgan Brian returns to Virginia, as does ACC Freshman of the Year Cassie Pecht to Duke.