Women's Soccer Earns Highest Preseason Ranking Ever!

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

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