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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.

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