Wednesday, August 16, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #134

From Soccer America

Soccer America Preseason Women's Top 25
TEAM (2005 RECORD)
1 UCLA (22-2-2)
2 Portland (23-0-2)
3 North Carolina (23-1-1)
4 Florida State (20-4-1)
5 Santa Clara (17-5-2)
6 Notre Dame (22-3-0)
7 Virginia (18-6-1)
8 Penn State (23-0-2)
9 Texas A&M (18-4-2)
10 Boston College (13-6-2)
11 Tennessee (15-6-2)
12 Connecticut (15-5-2)
13 Duke (14-6-1)
14 Nebraska (14-8-1)
15 Texas (11-9-1)
16 Marquette (19-4-1)
17 West Virginia (12-6-3)
18 California (16-4-2)
19 Vanderbilt (17-3-3)
20 Stanford (10-7-3)
21 Illinois (12-7-3)
22 USC (13-6-2)
23 Yale (15-4-1)
24 Florida (13-6-1)
25 Georgia (12-6-2)


1. UCLA (Pac-10)The third time should be a charm for Jillian Ellis' Bruins. They fell to Notre Dame, 2-1, in the 2004 Women's Cup final and were blown out by Portland, 4-0, in the 2005 final. This year Ellis has the talent to finally capture the top prize. She graduated Jill Oakes and Iris Mora and lost Canadian star Kara Lang to a knee injury, but everyone else returns. Val Henderson is one of the country's most promising young goalies. Mary Castelanelli, Bristyn Davis and Erin Hardy anchor a seasoned backline. With Lang out for the 2006 campaign, Danesha Adams will need to carry more of the scoring load from midfield, where she is joined by Tina DiMartino. Along with Hardy, Adams and DiMartino, top recruit Lauren Cheney missed the start of the season to represent the USA at the U-20 World Championship.

9. Texas A&M (Big 12)G Guerrieri returns one of the most experienced teams in his tenure in College Station. Junior Ashley Pistorius came to A&M to play soccer and basketball, but she is now concentrating on soccer. She led the Big 12 in scoring last season with 22 goals and 12 assists for 56 points. The Aggies' other stars are also juniors: defender Paige Carmichael, who has battled back from a knee injury suffered in 2004, and midfielder Amy Berend.



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