Sooners Ranked No. 16 in Preseason Poll

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Tyler Pigg
By Tyler Pigg
Associate Director of Communications
AUGUST 04, 2017

NORMAN – The Oklahoma soccer team is ranked No. 16 in the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA) Preseason Poll, the organization announced Friday.

The ranking marks OU’s first-ever appearance in the preseason poll and its second-highest position in the United Soccer Coaches’ rankings.

Oklahoma, which finished last season with a 14-7-2 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, reached as high as No. 22 in the rankings a year ago and finished the year receiving votes.

OU is one of two Big 12 schools ranked inside the top 25, joining No. 1 West Virginia. The two teams square off on Oct. 8 in Morgantown, W. Va.

The Sooners will also face No. 8 BYU on Aug. 11 in an exhibition match at the OU Soccer Complex.

The 2017 squad returns six starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished tied for third in the Big 12. OU brings back All-Big 12 selections Tori Bowman and Paige Welch along with All-Big 12 Freshman pick Kristina O’Donnell.

The Sooners begin the 2017 regular season on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. CT against Arizona inside the OU Soccer Complex before traveling to SMU two days later.

RANK TEAM PREV W-L-T
1. West Virginia 2 23-2-2
2. Stanford 6 18-2-1
3. USC 1 19-4-2
4. South Carolina 5 21-2-1
5. Georgetown 3 20-3-3
6. North Carolina 4 17-4-4
7. Florida 10 17-5-1
8. BYU 9 18-3-1
9. UCLA 13 15-5-2
10. Auburn 8 17-7-0
11. Virginia 11 15-5-2
12. Duke 7 15-5-3
13. Clemson 12 14-5-4
14. Connecticut 20 19-3-1
15. Florida State 14 14-4-4
16. Oklahoma RV 14-7-2
17. Arkansas 19 18-5-0
18. Notre Dame 21 13-3-5
19. Minnesota 15 16-3-4
20. Utah 16 13-4-5
21. Rutgers 25 12-5-6
22. Nebraska RV 11-6-5
23. Northwestern 18 16-3-4
24. Santa Clara 17 12-7-4
25. Colorado 23 15-6-1

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