Aug. 16, 2001
Los Angeles -The UCLA women's soccer team earned its highest preseason ranking in the program's nine year history Thursday, as the Bruins were picked No. 2 by both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and online source Soccer Buzz.
North Carolina, which beat UCLA, 2-1 in last year's NCAA title game, was picked first in both polls.
The Bruins, who open the season on Sept. 1 against No. 3 Portland at the Fila Classic in Fullerton, return eight starters from a year ago and are coached by reigning NSCAA National Coach of the Year Jillian Ellis.
2001 NSCAA Preseason Top-25
1. North Carolina 2. UCLA 3. Portland 4. Notre Dame 5. Nebraska 6. Santa Clara 7. Washington 8. Penn State 9. Virginia 10. Connecticut 11. Texas A&M 12. Clemson 13. BYU 14. Cal 15. Stanford 16. Florida State 17. Duke 18. Florida 19. Southern California 20. Texas 21. Dartmouth 22. Wake Forest 23. Harvard 24. Marquette 25. Hartford