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Aug. 20, 1997

Notre Dame Picked to Win BIG EAST Women's Soccer Title

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Notre Dame's two-time defending BIG EAST women's soccer champion has been unanimously selected to win its third title, according to the preseason coaches' poll. The Irish received a maximum of 121 points while Connecticut was picked to finish second. Rutgers, Syracuse and Boston College round out the top five.

Notre Dame and Connecticut have battled it out for the title both years that the Irish have competed in the BIG EAST Conference and 1997 looks to be no different. Notre Dame and Connecticut are the only two BIG EAST teams ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll. The Irish are ranked second while the Huskies are ranked fourth.

In 1995, Connecticut defeated the Irish 5-4 in overtime in the regular season but Notre Dame won 1-0 in the BIG EAST championship finals. In 1996, the Irish traveled to Connecticut won 2-1 in the regular season and used another one-goal win 4-3 in the BIG EAST title game. Connecticut travels to Notre Dame on Oct. 26 in the next meeting between the two teams in the 1997 regular season.

The BIG EAST will be 12 teams strong in 1997 with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse in 1997. The top four teams in the conference will advance to the BIG EAST championship at Yurek Field with the semifinals to be held November 7, and the champion will be crowned on November 9.

Notre Dame women's soccer will face Missouri in an exhibition game on Sun., Aug. 24, at 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Field. The season-opener for the Irish will be on Fri., Aug. 29, at Alumni Field against St. John's at 7:30 p.m.

1997 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

    School          Points  1996 BIG EAST Record    1996 BIG EAST Finish
1.  Notre Dame (11)    121        9-0-0                    1st
2.  Connecticut (1)    111        8-1-0                    2nd
3.  Rutgers            101        6-3-0                    3rd
4.  Syracuse            79         NA                       NA
5.  Boston College      77        4-5-0                    6th
6.  Villanova           72        5-4-0                    4th
7.  West Virginia       64        4-4-1                    5th
8.  St. John's          50        3-5-1                    7th
9.  Seton Hall          46        3-6-0                    8th
10. Georgetown          28        1-8-0                   T9th
11. Providence          24        1-8-0                   T9th
12. Pittsburgh          19         NA                       NA

Event Calendar

Delta

August 19
W, 3-0
Wright State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
RECAP

ACC Network Extra
August 21
W, 1-0
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
RECAP

ESPN3
August 25
L, 2-0
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
RECAP

Big Ten Network
August 28
5:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

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)
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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