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Tigers Selected Third In Pre-season ACC Poll

Tigers Selected Third In Pre-season ACC Poll

July 26, 2002

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2001 NCAA runner-up North Carolina Tar Heels were selected preseason favorites for the 2002 ACC Women’s Soccer season in a poll completed by the league’s eight coaches. The Tar Heels received 62 of a possible 64 points.

North Carolina, holder of 17 national championships and the last thirteen ACC Tournament Championships, returns numerous key players from last year’s team, including three seniors. The Tar Heels will return eight starters, including All-America’s Catherine Reddick, Alyssa Ramsey and Sara Randolph.

Virginia claimed the second spot in the poll with 57 points, as the Cavaliers look to last season’s ACC leader in goals per game, Lindsay Gusick. Virginia edged out third place Clemson, which received 41 points in the poll. Clemson returns starters Deliah Arrington and Lindsay Browne, who were both named First-Team All-ACC and First-Team All-South.

Florida State received 35 points for fourth place in the poll, while Duke fell just five points behind in fifth place. Wake Forest and Maryland finished with 27 and 23 points respectively, while NC State rounded out the poll in eighth place with 13 points.

Below is a listing of the preseason coaches’ poll with 2001 records and regular season finishes.

  2002 Preseason ACC Women's Soccer Poll

School Points 2001 Record (Finish)

1. North Carolina……….62………. 24-1-0, 7-0 (1st)

2.Virginia…………. 57……… 17-4-2, 5-2 (2nd)

3.Clemson……….. 41…………. 15-5-1, 4-3(T-3rd)

4. Florida State……. 37…………. 15-8-1, 4-3 (T-3rd)

5.Duke………. 32…………….. 8-10-1, 2-5(7th)

6. Wake Forest……..27……………. 9-9-2, 3-4 (T-5th)

7.Maryland………..23…………… 10-7-2, 3-4(T-5th)

8. NC State…………. 13…………….. 8-10-0, 0-7(8th)

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