Aug. 9, 2006
Greensboro, NC - The 2005 Seminoles were the surprise of the ACC last season. After a second place finish in the conference, a trip to the College Cup and a top five national ranking, Florida State won't surprise anybody in or out of the ACC in 2006. With nine starters from the 2005 team back this season, expectations will be high for the squad, which begins preseason practice this Friday. When this new group of Seminoles take the field they will be shouldering a predicted second-place finish in the conference. Florida State was tabbed to finish just behind North Carolina in the 2006 ACC Coaches Preseason Poll. This is the second time in the last three years FSU has been picked to finish second in the nation's best soccer conference.
Florida State and North Carolina were the only teams to receive first place votes in the poll as UNC was picked by eight coaches to finish first and FSU by three others to win the league. This is the first time in school history that Florida State ever received a first place vote in a preseason conference poll. The Seminoles and Tar Heels were also the only two schools to crack the 100-point mark in the preseason poll.
The Tar Heels, who reclaimed the ACC Championship in 2005 for their 16th title in the tournament's 18-year history, tallied 118 points including eight first-place votes to receive the top spot in this year's preseason poll. North Carolina returns 14 letterwinners and six starters from last year's squad that advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, finishing the season with an overall record of 23-1-1, 9-1-0 in league play.
The Seminoles return 13 letterwinners and nine starters including senior India Trotter, who notched career highs in goals scored (13), assists (9) and points (35) in en route to being named to the All-ACC first team. In 2005, Florida State advanced to the College Cup for the second time in three years under first-year head coach Mark Krikorian. The Seminoles set the school record for overall wins (20) and conference wins (8) last year in finishing in a tie for second place in the ACC.
The Virginia Cavaliers are the coaches' pick to finish third after accumulating 97 points. The Cavaliers, who finished the 2005 season with a record of 18-6-1, return 18 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. Led by 2005 ACC Freshman of the Year Jess Rostedt, the Cavaliers played in their second-straight conference title game in Cary, N.C. Rostedt led the Virginia offense last season posting a team-best 29 points and 62 shots.
Completing the preseason poll in order of projected finish are Duke (91), Boston College (73), Wake Forest (63), Clemson (55), Maryland (47), NC State (28), Miami (26) and Virginia Tech (24). Below is a listing of the preseason coaches' poll with 2005 records.
2006 Preseason ACC Women's Soccer Poll
School Points 2005 Record
1. North Carolina (8) 118 23-1-1 (9-1-0)
2. Florida State (3) 104 20-4-1 (8-2-0)
3. Virginia 97 18-6-1 (8-2-0)
4. Duke 91 14-6-1 (6-4-0)
5. Boston College 73 13-6-2 (5-4-1)
6. Wake Forest 63 9-9-1 (4-6-0)
7. Clemson 55 9-9-2 (4-5-1)
8. Maryland 47 5-11-3 (3-5-2)
9. NC State 28 6-12-0 (2-8-0)
10. Miami 26 8-11-1 (2-8-0)
11. Virginia Tech 24 6-10-3 (1-7-2)