KANSAS CITY, MO – The Columbus State University and University of North Georgia women's soccer teams will begin the 2017 season with national rankings as both appeared in the preseason United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) top 25. Columbus State is ranked #3 in the preseason poll with North Georgia coming in 13th.
The Lady Cougars closed out the 2016 season in the third position after falling in the national semifinals to Grand Valley State.
CSU and Grand Valley State will tangle again to open the year Sept. 1 in Louisville, Ky. GVSU is ranked second nationally behind defending national champion Western Washington.
The 2017 Columbus State slate features four teams ranked in the preseason poll. In addition to the opener with Grand Valley State, the Lady Cougars will host eighth-ranked West Florida (Sept. 30), 13th-ranked North Georgia (Sept. 20) and 16th-ranked Barry (Sept. 8). CSU will also host Nova Southeastern on Sept. 10, which is receiving votes.
Columbus State was 5-1 overall in 2016 against ranked teams.
North Georgia is coming off a 15-3-3 season that saw the Nighthawks reach the PBC Tournament championship game and the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. UNG was ranked in every weekly poll in 2016, rising as high as #12 in the nation. Their appearance in the regional championship game last year was their most successful postseason run ever.
North Georgia begins the 2017 season on Friday, Sept. 1, at Lee University. UNG will face #3 Columbus State on Sept. 20 and #21 Limestone on Oct. 7.
United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Women - National - Preseason Ranking - Aug. 3, 2017
|1||Western Washington University||1||24-0-1|
|2||Grand Valley State University||2||23-2-1|
|3||Columbus State University||3||21-3-0|
|5||University of Central Missouri||5||21-2-0|
|6||Colorado School Of Mines||6||20-3-1|
|7||University Of Bridgeport||7||18-4-0|
|8||University Of West Florida||8||19-5-0|
|9||West Chester University||9||19-1-1|
|10||University of California-San Diego||10||19-3-0|
|11||Truman State University||11||15-2-4|
|13||University of North Georgia||13||15-3-3|
|14||Fort Hays State University||14||15-5-3|
|15||Texas A&M University-Commerce||15||15-6-1|
|17||Saint Leo University||17||13-4-1|
|19||Minnesota State University-Mankato||19||16-3-3|
|20||East Stroudsburg University||20||16-5-2|
|22||Sonoma State University||23||12-3-3|
|23||St. Edward's University||24||15-1-3|
|24||University Of Charleston||25||15-4-0|
Also receiving votes: Rockhurst University, University of Central Oklahoma, Azusa Pacific University, Central Washington University, Nova Southeastern University, Midwestern State University, Colorado State University-Pueblo, McKendree University, Minot State University, Rollins College, University of Missouri-St. Louis