The 2016 season is officially underway for Division 1 women’s college soccer. There have already been some exciting games this season with a host of ranked teams meeting up and BYU upsetting defending national champions Penn State. Here is a rundown of the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) rankings and the teams to look out for in 2016.
Rankings published – August 30, 2016
FSU maintains their top spot after beating Texas A & M, Vanderbilt, and Middle Tennessee. Freshmen Deyna Castellanos powered the Noles as she scored a goal in each of the first three games of her career. Despite their strong start to the season FSU was recently upset by South Alabama 1-0. After a loss like that it will be interesting to see where they stand in next weeks rankings.
Stanford is currently undefeated with a 5-0 record that includes a big overtime win over fifth ranked Florida. Most recently Stanford downed Marquette in a 3-0 victory that included an impressive advantage in shots (31-2) and corner kicks (10-0). The Cardinals have a challenging schedule to look forward to this week as they face ranked opponents Minnesota and Notre Dame.
Virginia remains undefeated thus far with a 6-0 record and a recent shutout against 25th ranked Pepperdine. They will have to continue their offensive prowess if they wish to remain undefeated as they head into Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play. The ACC is a tough conference with six teams currently ranked in the top 25.
4. West Virginia
8. North Carolina
10. Brigham Young (BYU)
13. Penn State
14. Texas A & M
15. Texas Tech
16. Virginia Tech
20. South Florida
22. Santa Clara
23. Notre Dame
Also receiving votes: University Of South Carolina (58), University Of Southern California (47), Arizona State University (31), Ohio State University (30), University of North Carolina-Wilmington (28), University of Mississippi (23), University of North Texas (19), Wake Forest University (17), Hofstra University (13), University Of Washington (11), University Of Michigan (6), Boston College (5), Georgetown University (5), University of Oklahoma (3), Long Beach State University (3), TCU (3), Princeton University (2), University of Arizona (1), Northeastern University (1)