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Blue Devils Ranked No. 1 in Soccer America Preseason Poll
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/15/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - Soccer America released its preseason top 25 today with the Duke women's soccer team being listed as the No. 1 team nationally. The Blue Devils, who finished second to Stanford at the 2011 Women's College Cup, is one of five ACC teams ranked among the top seven teams which include Wake Forest, North Carolina, Florida St., and Virginia. In total, eight ACC teams are ranked in the preseason top 25.

Duke returns all 11 starters this season, including MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List members Natasha Anasi and Kaitlyn Kerr making them the preseason favorite to win the ACC title. Head Coach Robbie Church and the Blue Devils were picked No. 2 in the NSCAA poll, which was previously the highest preseason ranking in school history.

The Blue Devils have already seen one test this month when they traveled to Columbia, S.C., on Aug. 9 to face No. 24 South Carolina in an exhibition match. Duke registered a 2-0 victory over South Carolina helped by goals from junior Kim DeCesare and sophomore Katie Trees.

The Blue Devils kick off its season on Aug. 17 against William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. The Tribe is coming off a 17-3-3 record last season in which it won the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season and tournament titles. The Blue Devils are 5-5-1 all-time against William & Mary, with the last meeting being a 2008 NCAA Tournament second round match-up that saw Duke defeat William & Mary, 1-0.

Soccer America Women's Preseason Top 25
1. Duke (22-4-1)
2. Stanford (25-0-1)
3. Wake Forest (18-4-4)
4. North Carolina (13-5-2)
5. UCLA (16-1-4)
6. Florida State (18-7-1)
7. Virginia (17-5-2)
8. Penn State (21-5-0)
9. Florida (17-8-0)
10. Oklahoma State (22-2-2)
11. Memphis (22-1-1)
12. Notre Dame (10-8-3)
13. Santa Clara (13-2-6)
14. Marquette (18-4-0)
15. Texas A&M (16-6-2)
16. UCF (13-5-6)
17. Illinois (17-5-2)
18. Boston College (12-6-3)
19. Maryland (12-6-4)
20. William & Mary (17-3-2)
21. Pepperdine (15-2-4)
22. Louisville (14-7-3)
23. West Virginia (17-5-0)
24. Virginia Tech (14-8-1)
25. Long Beach State (18-6-1)