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Aug. 4, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 2005 preseason women’s soccer poll Thursday, as voted upon by the league’s coaches. Virginia was second in the voting, behind North Carolina.

The Cavaliers, the 2004 ACC Champion, garnered 109 points and one first-place vote. It is the fourth time in the past five seasons that Virginia has been second in the poll.

Virginia returns 12 letterwinners from the 2004 team that finished with a 17-3-2 record. 2004 ACC Defensive Player of the Year Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas) and All-ACC players Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.), Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.), Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md.), and Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.) are among the veterans on the 2005 team.

The Cavaliers open the 2005 season on Friday, August 26 as they host Rhode Island at Klockner Stadium.

ACC Preseason Women’s Soccer Poll

    Team                  Points   2004 Record1.  North Carolina (10)   120      20-1-2 (9-0-0)2.  Virginia (1)          109      17-3-2 (6-2-1)3.  Duke                  99       15-8-0 (5-4-0)4.  Clemson               74       10-8-2 (4-4-1)5.  Boston College        70       15-7-1 (7-3-0 Big East)6.  Florida State         63       12-5-3 (5-3-1)7.  Wake Forest           62       10-7-2 (4-4-1)8.  Maryland              47       9-7-4 (3-4-2)9.  Virginia Tech         36       11-9-0 (4-5-0)10. NC State              27       7-8-3 (1-8-0)11. Miami                 19       3-13-0 (1-8-0)
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