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Blue Devils Tabbed 13th in Soccer America Preseason Poll
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/16/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. – With the regular season just two days away, the Duke women’s soccer program received a 13th-place nod in Soccer America’s 2017 Preseason Top 25 Wednesday.

The listing gives the Blue Devils a Soccer America preseason ranking of top 15 or better in six of the last seven years. Duke was also tabbed No. 5 by TopDrawerSoccer and No. 12 overall by the United Soccer Coaches earlier this month.

Stanford earned the top spot in the poll. West Virginia, who the Blue Devils will face on Friday, Sept. 8 in Morgantown, was selected second overall. Penn State, UCLA, Florida State, Georgetown, South Carolina, Southern Cal, Florida and North Carolina round out the top 10. A total of six ACC squads earned a spot in the top 25 – Florida State (5), North Carolina (10), Duke (13), Virginia (14), Notre Dame (16) and Clemson (18).

The Blue Devils, who return 10 starters and a wealth of experience for the 2017 campaign, reeled off a 2-1 exhibition victory at Clemson last weekend. Juniors Chelsea Burns and Taylor Racioppi tallied early scores to help Duke secure the road win.

Duke welcomes back nine of its top 11 scorers and 24 total letterwinners from last year’s squad that made its fifth trip to the NCAA quarterfinals or better in the last six seasons. The Blue Devils also added one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, which finished at No. 6 in TopDrawerSoccer’s final class rankings.

The 2017 regular season officially opens on Friday, Aug. 18, as Duke takes on North Carolina in Cary, N.C., at 6 p.m. ET in the UNC Nike Classic. The Blue Devils will open their home schedule shortly after, hosting Xavier Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium. Admission for Sunday’s contest is free.


2017 Soccer America Preseason Poll (2016 W-L-T)

  1. Stanford (18-2-1)
  2. West Virginia (23-2-2)
  3. Penn State (12-5-4)
  4. UCLA (13, 15-5-2)
  5. Florida State (14-4-4)
  6. Georgetown (20-3-3)
  7. South Carolina (21-2-1)
  8. Southern California (19-4-2)
  9. Florida (17-5-1)
  10. North Carolina (17-4-4)
  11. Santa Clara (12-7-4)
  12. BYU (18-3-1)
  13. Duke (15-5-3)
  14. Virginia (15-5-2)
  15. California (13-5-3)
  16. Notre Dame (13-3-5)
  17. Utah (13-4-5)
  18. Clemson (14-5-4)
  19. Colorado (15-6-1)
  20. Northwestern (16-3-4)
  21. Texas A&M (12-8-2)
  22. Rutgers (12-5-6)
  23. Kansas (13-8-2)
  24. Memphis (14-5-1)
  25. Auburn (17-7-0)