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Aug. 4, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s soccer team was ranked 11th in the 2005 College Soccer News’ Preseason Top-30 national poll. UVa, the 2004 ACC Champion, returns several starters from last year’s NCAA Quarterfinal team and welcomes a Top-10 recruiting class to Charlottesville this season that features some of the top incoming talent in the country.

Virginia was one of five Atlantic Coast Conference schools ranked in the Top-30 of the poll. UVa was joined by conference members Duke (#2), Maryland (#3), Wake Forest (#14) and ACC-newcomer Boston College (#21) as Top-30 ranked schools from the conference. Two other ACC members, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, were receiving votes in the poll.

UVa was also one of three schools from the Commonwealth of Virginia ranked in the Top-30 and was joined by in-state neighbors Virginia Commonwealth (#12) and James Madison (#18) in the rankings. Old Dominion was also receiving votes in the poll.

Indiana, the 2004 NCAA Champion, was picked to finish first in the Top-30 poll, followed by Duke and Maryland at second and third. UCLA was tabbed fourth, followed by St. John’s in fifth, New Mexico in sixth and last year’s NCAA Runner-Up UC Santa Barbara in seventh. Creighton was ranked eighth while Connecticut and SMU were ranked ninth and tenth, respectively, to round out the preseason Top-10.

Here is a complete look at the 2005 College Soccer News Preseason Top-30 National Poll:

2005 College Soccer News Preseason Top-30

Rank	School1. Indiana2.	Duke3.	Maryland4.	UCLA5.	St. John's6.	New Mexico7.	UC Santa Barbara8.	Creighton9.	Connecticut10.	SMU11.	VIRGINIA12.	Virginia Commonwealth13.	UNC Greensboro14.	Wake Forest15.	Tulsa16.	San Francisco17.	Northwestern18.	James Madison19.	Notre Dame20.	Saint Louis21.	Boston College22.	California23.	Seton Hall24.	Ohio State25.	Santa Clara26.	Washington27.	Memphis28.	Loyola Marymount29.	Michigan30.	Cal State Northridge
Others Receiving Votes: North Carolina, Boston University,Virginia Tech, Penn State, Old Dominion, Hartwick,Wisconsin-Milwaukee, UAB, Denver, Lehigh, Dartmouth,South Florida, Kentucky, Fairleigh Dickinson, George Washington,Florida International, Akron, Portland, Hofstra, Princeton.

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