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Evan Marinofsky | NCAA.com | August 27, 2021

Women's college soccer rankings: Florida State, Santa Clara lead preseason Top 25

Florida State v. Santa Clara: Full PK shootout

Florida State ranks No. 1 in the 2021 United Soccer Coaches preseason Top 25 poll after falling just short of winning the title last season. The Seminoles' lineup is headlined by Jaelin Howell, last season's Hermann Trophy winner.

Santa Clara, which took down Florida State in the championship game on penalty kicks, opens the season at No. 2. The Broncos did, however, garner more first-place votes than No. 1 Florida State, with 18 compared to the Seminoles' 11. 

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1 Florida State (11) 794 2
2 Santa Clara (18) 788 1
3 North Carolina (3) 763 3
4 Virginia (1) 723 4
5 UCLA 672 9
6 Duke 628 7
7 Clemson 608 6
8 TCU 587 5
9 Texas A&M 539 8
10 Penn State 500 11
11 Georgetown 452 10
12 West Virginia 435 13
13 Arkansas 412 12
14 Southern California 365 18
15 BYU 353 17
16 Oklahoma State 307 14
17 South Carolina 298 22
18 Vanderbilt 258 21
19 Washington 253 15
20 USF 216 19
21 Saint Louis 175 20
22 Rice 150 16
23 Mississippi 123 23
24 Stanford 73 NR
25 Rutgers 58 24

UCLA also brings back Reilyn Turner, who won Pac-12 Freshman of the Year last season. Goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy won Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year last season.

An interesting point to note: Santa Clara was in the "also receiving votes" section of last year's first poll before going 10-1-1 and winning the national title. The Broncos open their 2021 season against San Jose State on Thursday, Aug. 19. Top-ranked Florida State also begins its season that day, when No. 9 Texas A&M visits.

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