TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the ACC in 2017, while a quartet of Seminoles earned a spot on the 11-member Preseason All-ACC Team as announced by the league on Thursday. The Noles received 186 points, including eight first-place votes, to top the preseason ACC coaches poll for the fourth year in a row.
North Carolina (172 points, two first-place votes) and Duke (170 pts, one) came in second and third, while Virginia (160 pts, two) and Notre Dame (145 pts, one) rounded out the top five and received the final first-place votes as selected by the league’s 14 head coaches.
Florida State led all schools with four members on the preseason All-ACC team, as redshirt senior Cassie Miller, juniors Megan Connolly and Natalia Kuikka, along with Deyna Castellanos were recognized by the conference. The Noles had twice as many honorees as the next highest school as North Carolina and Notre Dame earned two apiece, with Clemson, Duke and Virginia placing one player each on the preseason team.
The Seminoles will open the 2017 season at home on August 18, hosting UNC Greensboro at the Seminole Soccer Complex at 7:00 p.m.
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2017 ACC Predicted Order of Finish
1. Florida State (186 points, 8 first place votes)
2. North Carolina (172, 2)
3. Duke (170, 1)
4. Virginia (160, 2)
5. Notre Dame (145, 1)
6. Clemson (120)
7. NC State (104)
8. Virginia Tech (91)
9. Wake Forest (72)
10. Boston College (71)
11. Miami (65)
12. Louisville (63)
13. Syracuse (33)
14. Pitt (18)
2017 Preseason All-ACC Team
Cassie Miller, R-Sr., GK, Florida State
Sam Staab, Jr., D, Clemson
Rebecca Quinn, Sr., D, Duke
Natalia Kuikka, Jr., D, Florida State
Megan Connolly, Jr., M, Florida State
Sandra Yu, Sr., M, Notre Dame
Deyna Castellanos, So., F, Florida State
Jessie Scarpa, Jr., F, North Carolina
Bridgette Adrezjewski, So., F, North Carolina
Jennifer Westendorf, So., F, Notre Dame
Veronica Latsko, Sr., F, Virginia