Virginia Men's Soccer Tabbed #7 in the 2001 NSCAA/adidas Preseason Poll
Aug. 16, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s soccer team was tabbed #7 in the 2001 NSCAA/adidas? preseason national rankings for NCAA Division I Men, as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Connecticut Huskies, the defending National Champions, were tabbed #1, followed by the NCAA runner-up Creighton Bluejays (#2), the Southern Methodist Mustangs (#3), the Indiana Hoosiers (#4) and the North Carolina Tar Heels (#5). The Stanford Cardinal was listed #6, followed by the Virginia Cavaliers (#7), the Clemson Tigers (#8), the Brown Bears (#9) and the San Diego Toreros at #10 to round out the top ten teams.
UVa is one of three schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference that appeared in the top eight spots in the poll (North Carolina #5, Virginia #7 and Clemson #8). The conference also had four teams listed in the top 13 rankings with the Duke Blue Devils coming in at #13. Three teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia appeared in the preseason poll with the James Madison Dukes (#20) and the William & Mary Tribe (#25) joining UVa in the ranks. James Madison and William & Mary will each play the Cavaliers in the 2001 regular season. Aside from facing its ranked ACC foes, Virginia will also play Creighton on September 9th in the Fila/Maryland Classic after hosting the UCLA Bruins (#24) in the Virginia Soccer Classic on September 2nd.
UVa returns nine starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished 17-6-1 overall, 5-1-0 in the ACC. The Cavaliers advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship for the third consecutive season. Virginia was ranked #10 in the NSCAA/adidas preseason poll in 2000.
Here is a look at the 2001 NSCAA/adidas? preseason national rankings:
Rank Team 2000 Record1. Connecticut 20-3-22. Creighton 22-4-03. Southern Methodist 20-5-04. Indiana 16-6-05. North Carolina 21-3-06. Stanford 18-3-17. VIRGINIA 17-6-18. Clemson 14-4-29. Brown 13-6-110. San Diego 16-2-211. St. John's 14-5-212. Washington 14-6-013. Duke 15-6-014. San Jose State 20-1-115. Saint Louis 13-3-216. Rhode Island 17-6-117. South Carolina 12-4-318. Ohio State 12-5-419. Alabama-Birmingham 14-5-220. James Madison 17-4-121. Illinois-Chicago 18-4-222. Furman 17-4-223. Kentucky 11-9-224. UCLA 12-7-025. William & Mary 12-9-2
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