Women's Soccer

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Aug. 7, 1997

NSCAA Top 25
Women's Soccer
Preseason Poll

Rk  Team             Pts.
1.  North Carolina * 200
2.  NOTRE DAME       191
3.  Portland *       182
4.  Connecticut *    180
5.  Santa Clara      168
6.  Nebraska         158
7.  Maryland         153
8.  Penn State       139
    Texas A&M        139
10. Wisconsin *      117
11. Virginia         111
12. Harvard           95
13. James Madison     89
14. Vanderbilt        87
15. Massachusetts     83
16. Duke *            74
17. Florida           67
18. George Mason      59
19. William & Mary    53
20. Clemson           51
21. UNC-Greensboro    32
    Kentucky          32
23. Wake Forest       23
24. Stanford           9
25. Minnesota         18
* 1997 opponent

Notre Dame Ranked Second in Preseason Poll

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Notre Dame's women's soccer team is ranked second in the preseason National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, the third straight season the Irish have been picked second in the preseason. North Carolina, who beat Notre Dame 1-0 in overtime in the 1996 NCAA final, is the top-ranked team. The Tar Heels and Irish will meet on Sept. 19, at Alumni Field in the adidas/Lady Footlocker Classic.

Five of Notre Dame's 1997 opponents appear in the preseason poll, three of which are among the top-four teams. In addition to North Carolina, the Irish will travel to No. 3 Portland on Sept. 7, in a rematch of Notre Dame's 3-2 win in the 1996 NCAA semifinals. The Irish and the Pilots have met in the NCAA championship in each of the last three seasons with Notre Dame winning all three one-goal games. Fourth-ranked Connecticut heads to Alumni Field for a BIG EAST matchup on Oct. 26. The Huskies last came to Notre Dame for the 1996 BIG EAST championship, a 4-3 Irish win.

Notre Dame travels to 10th-ranked Wisconsin on Oct. 14, and faces No. 16 Duke on Sept. 21, in the final game of the adidas/Lady Footlocker Classic.

Event Calendar

Delta

August 25
L, 2-0
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
RECAP

Big Ten Network
August 29
W, 3-0
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
RECAP

ACC Network Extra
September 2
7:00 PM
Illinois State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 4
5:00 PM
Missouri
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
September 9
10:30 PM
Santa Clara
San Jose, Calif. (Buck Shaw Stadium)
September 11
2:00 PM
Stanford
Stanford, Calif. (Cagan Stadium)
September 18
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (SU Soccer Stadium)
September 22
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Soccer Field)
September 25
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 1
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Lynn Stadium)
October 6
7:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 9
1:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 14
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 20
3:30 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Thompson Field)
October 23
12:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Spry Stadium)
October 27
7:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 30
TBA
ACC Quarterfinals
TBA
November 4
TBA
ACC Semifinals
TBA
November 6
TBA
ACC Finals
TBA
November 11
TBA
NCAA First Round
TBA

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