UNC, Duke among nation's elite in women's soccer poll
The Atlantic Coast Conference leads all leagues with eight women’s soccer teams among the Soccer America Preseason Top 25 — including four teams ranked among the top five and all eight among the Top 15.
Defending ACC champion Florida State holds the No. 2 spot behind defending NCAA champion UCLA. The ACC also holds the next three spots in the poll, with Virginia at No. 3, North Carolina at No. 4 and Virginia Tech at No. 5.
FSU, Virginia and Virginia Tech were all participants in the 2013 NCAA Women’s College Cup.
Duke holds the No. 10 spot in preseason poll, while Notre Dame is No. 11, Boston College is No. 13 and Wake Forest is No. 14.
Virginia rising senior Morgan Brian, who claimed the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy and Soccer America Player of the Year honor, leads the 2014 preseason All-America Team.
Brian is one of a league-leading nine ACC student-athletes on the 25-member team, which also includes Florida State midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir and defender Kristin Grubka, Virginia midfielder Danielle Colaprico and forward Mackenzy Doniak, North Carolina forward Summer Green, Boston College forward Stephanie McCaffrey, Notre Dame midfielder Cari Roccaro and Virginia Tech midfielder Ashley Meier.
ACC Players on Soccer America’s All-America Team
Stephanie McCaffrey, Sr., Boston College
Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Sr., M, Florida State
Kristin Grubka, Sr., D, Florida State
Summer Green, Jr., North Carolina
Cari Roccaro, Jr., Notre Dame
Danielle Colaprico, Sr., M, Virginia
Morgan Brian, Sr., M, Virginia
Makenzy Doniak, Jr., Virginia
Ashley Meier, Jr., M, Virginia Tech
Soccer America Preseason Top 25
2. Florida State
4. North Carolina
5. Virginia Tech
8. Texas A&M
9. Penn State
11. Notre Dame
13. Boston College
14. Wake Forest
16. West Virginia
20. Santa Clara
22. Texas Tech
24. San Diego State
25. South Carolina