KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Continental Tire have released the NCAA Division I Women's Preseason Rankings and coach Anson Dorrance's Tar Heels check in at the No. 8 spot. North Carolina is one of five Atlantic Coast Conference teams ranked in the Top 10 of the preseason poll.

NSCAA PRESEASON POLL
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UNC finished last year ranked No. 13 in the final poll after finishing the 2011 campaign with a 13-5-2 record.

Stanford leads the charge in the preseason poll. The Division I women's national champion finished 2011 unbeaten with a 25-0-1 record. Last year's runner-up, Duke, enters the season at No. 2 following a 22-4-1 finish. Wake Forest, Florida State and Oklahoma State round out the preseason Top 5 for the women.

The first ranking of the 2012 women's regular season will be released August 21.  The Tar Heels open their 2012 season at Portland on August 17.