Florida State, the winner of the last four Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Championships, is preseason favorite to win yet another ACC title in a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches.
The Seminoles received eight first-place votes and 186 points, followed by North Carolina (two first-place votes, 172 points), Duke (one first-place vote, 170 points), Virginia (two first-place votes, 160 points) and Notre Dame (one first place vote, 145 points).
Clemson placed sixth in the voting followed by NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Boston College placed 10th followed by Miami, Louisville, Syracuse and Pitt.
The Seminoles lead the 2017 Preseason All-ACC Team with four selections among the 11 members, including returning first-team NSCAA All-American Cassie Miller. In addition to Miller, the preseason All-ACC Team features two more returning NSCAA All-Americans in teammate Natalia Kuikka and North Carolina’s Bridgette Andrzejewski.
ACC women’s soccer teams begin preseason training this week and will kick off the 2017 season on Friday, Aug. 18. The top eight teams in the final league standings will advance to the ACC Championship, which will get underway with quarterfinal matches at campus sites on Sunday, Oct. 29. The semifinals and final are scheduled for Nov. 3 and Nov. 5 at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina.
2017 Preseason All-ACC Women’s Soccer Team
Cassie Miller, R-Sr., GK, Florida State
Sam Staab, Jr., D, Clemson
Rebecca Quinn, Sr., D, Duke
Natalia Kuikka, Jr., D, Florida State
Megan Connolly, Jr., M, Florida State
Sandra Yu, Sr., M, Notre Dame
Deyna Castellanos, So., F, Florida State
Jessie Scarpa, Jr., F, North Carolina
Bridgette Andrzejewski, So., F, North Carolina
Jennifer Westendorf, So., F, Notre Dame
Veronica Latsko, Sr., F, Virginia
Preseason ACC Coaches Poll
- Florida State (186 points, 8 first-place votes)
- North Carolina (172, 2 first-place votes)
- Duke (170, 1 first-place vote)
- Virginia (160, 2 first-place votes)
- Notre Dame (145, 1 first-place votes)
- Clemson (120)
- NC State (104)
- Virginia Tech (91)
- Wake Forest (72)
- Boston College (71)
- Miami (65)
- Louisville (63)
- Syracuse (33)
- Pitt (18)