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2013 NCAA Women's Soccer Champions
 

UCLA Soccer Riding High
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

August 5, 1998

WESTWOOD, Calif. - Defending NCAA men's soccer champion UCLA earned the pre-season No. 1 ranking by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The UCLA women, the defending Pac-10 champions, earned a tie for the No. 15 pre-season ranking.

The UCLA men, guided by 1997 NSCAA Coach of the Year Sigi Schmid, returns seven starters from last year's championship team, including Final Four Offensive MVP Seth George, who scored 16 goals a year ago. In addition, ten Bruin players currently hold spots on U.S. National Team pools.

The Bruins in 1998 will face three Top 10 teams (Indiana, Washington and South Carolina), as well as 21st-ranked Stanford.

The Bruin women, guided by first-year head coach Todd Saldana, returns Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Sommer Hammoud, as well as all-conference selection Beth Thompson, 25-point scorer Venus James and defender Skylar Little. UCLA in 1998 will face No. 8 Nebraska and No. 24 Stanford.

NSCAA Pre-Season Ranking (Men)


Rank  School                  1997 Record     Points
  1   UCLA                         22-2-0        320
  2   Virginia                     19-4-3        299
  3   Indiana                      23-1-0        293
  4   Saint Louis                  17-5-3        268
  5   American                     17-4-4        247
  6   SMU                          19-3-0        246
  7   Washington                   15-3-2        197
  8   South Carolina               16-3-1        179
  9   St. John's                   18-4-2        174
 10   Creighton                    16-5-1        166
 11   Maryland                     16-6-1        157
 12   Clemson                      10-7-3        153
 13   South Florida                13-7-2        121
 14   Duke                         15-5-0         91
 15   Bowling Green                18-6-0         60
 16   Dartmouth                    10-4-4         57
 17   Florida International        14-6-1         54
 18   William & Mary               14-6-2         52
 19   Rutgers                      14-7-2         46
 20   Georgetown                   15-7-0         40
 21   Stanford                     13-5-2         36
 22   Boston U.                    14-6-2         19
 23   SW Missouri St.              13-5-3         18
 24   VCU                          15-4-4         15
 25   UNC-Charlotte                12-7-2          7

NSCAA Pre-Season Ranking (Women)


Rank  School                  1997 Record     Points
  1   North Carolina               27-0-1        225
  2   Notre Dame                   23-1-1        213
  3   Santa Clara                  20-3-1        210
  4   Connecticut                  23-4-0        188
  5   Florida                      20-3-1        181
  6   Virginia                     14-5-2        160
  7   Portland                     14-5-0        159
  8   Nebraska                     18-4-0        156
  9   Hartford                     19-2-1        150
 10   Duke                         15-6-0        146
 11   Texas A & M                  18-3-0        144
 12   Harvard                      13-4-2        119
 13   William & Mary               20-5-0        114
 14   Clemson                      15-7-0        113
 15t  Minnesota                    18-3-2         84
 15t  UCLA                         19-3-0         84
 17   Michigan                     18-4-1         81
 18   Maryland                     12-9-3         76
 19   BYU                          19-4-0         50
 20   SMU                          17-5-1         46
 21   George Mason                 14-6-4         45
 22   Massachusetts                17-5-0         42
 23   Vanderbilt                   14-8-0         41
 24   Stanford                     11-7-1         22
 25   Penn State                   15-7-1         20

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