Aug. 6, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference and Commissioner John D. Swofford announced on Friday, August 6 the preseason poll for the 2010 women’s soccer season, as determined by a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches. A season after sharing the regular season title with Boston College, Florida State is the coaches’ pick to finish third in the ACC as the Seminoles garnered 102 points and one first place vote.
“It’s great to see that our program has continued to earn the respect of our peers in what I believe is the toughest soccer conference in the nation,” said head coach Mark Krikorian.
Two-time defending NCAA champion North Carolina is the narrow favorite to claim the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference women’s soccer title. The Tar Heels, who will be bidding for their sixth straight ACC championship and their 22nd overall, were listed first on five ballots. UNC edged 2009 regular-season co-champion Boston College, which received four first-place votes. FSU placed third in the overall coaches’ voting, followed by Virginia.
The Seminoles have been picked to finish in the top four of the ACC in eight of the last nine seasons. This marks the fifth time in the program’s 15-year history that FSU has been slated to finish in second place. Since the arrival of head coach Mark Krikorian, Florida State has registered at least 17 wins in each of his first five seasons while finishing no lower than second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Last year, Krikorian led the Seminoles to a share of the regular season title and the No. 1 seed at the ACC Championship for the first time in school history.
“While we certainly acknowledge the preseason poll and feel good that the coaches would look at the Florida State program and have such respect for it, we know that there is a lot that can happen between now and December,” added Krikorian. “We know we can’t get sidetracked with what this program has accomplished in the past. This is a new year and a new team with new objectives and new excitement. We can’t wait to get this season started.”
The ACC is coming off a 2009 season that saw a league-record tying eight teams receive NCAA Tournament bids and post a conference-record 20 postseason wins. Seven of those teams reached the NCAA tourney’s final 16, and four – North Carolina, Boston College, Florida State and Wake Forest – were national quarterfinalists. Each of those teams was ranked among the top eight of the final NSCAA and Soccer Times polls. Maryland and Virginia Tech joined them as consensus top 12 teams, and Virginia placed among the top 20 ranked teams by each organization.
Florida State returns 10 of 11 starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad that reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth year in a row.
2010 ACC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll
Place, Team (First Place Votes), Points, 2009 Record
1. North Carolina (5), 113, 23-3-1 (7-3-0)
2. Boston College (4), 111, 18-4-2 (7-2-1)
3. Florida State (1), 102, 19-5-1 (7-2-1)
4. Virginia (1), 81, 10-6-6 (4-4-2)
5. Duke, 73, 8-9-4 (4-4-2)
6. Maryland, 63, 14-6-2 (4-4-2)
7. Wake Forest, 61, 16-6-2 (5-3-2)
8. Virginia Tech, 51, 16-8-0 (6-4-0)
9. Miami, 34, 8-10-1 (3-6-1)
10. NC State, 26, 8-9-2 (2-7-1)
11. Clemson, 11, 3-15-0 (0-10-0)