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Bulls Women’s Soccer Picked to Finish Second in Preseason Poll

Denise Schilte-Brown

Denise Schilte-Brown

After an impressive 2015 season that saw the USF women’s soccer team finish as the runner-up in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, the Bulls were voted to finish second in conference play for 2016.

The league’s 10 coaches voted, with no coach being allowed to vote for their own team, and USF received one first place vote and totaled 65 points. UConn, the 2015 regular season champion, was voted as the favorite for 2016 by unanimous selection. The Bulls have taken two of the last three matches from the Huskies, including a 1-0 win in Tampa last season.

Just behind USF in the poll, UCF and Cincinnati tied for third place with 64 points each. Memphis rounded out the top five, followed by Tulsa, ECU, Temple, SMU and Houston.

The Bulls will be tasked with replacing a strong back line as American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year Jackie Simpson and second-team all-conference selection Allie Rossi both graduated this past year. USF will also have to replace leading goal-scorer Olivia Chance and a strong midfield presence in Diana Saenz and Cristina Ferral.

USF will face No. 7 Florida in an exhibition game at Corbett Stadium on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. The regular season opens on the road at Louisiana-Monroe Friday, Aug. 19.

For more information on the USF women’s soccer team, visit @USFWSOC on Twitter.

2016 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
PRESEASON WOMEN’S SOCCER COACHES’ POLL

1. UConn*(9) 81
2. USF (1) 65
T3. UCF 64
Cincinnati 64
5. Memphis 46
6 Tulsa 42
7. East Carolina 30
8. Temple 29
9. SMU 20
10. Houston 9