SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's soccer team was voted No.23 in the first NSCAA top-25 poll of 2012, it was announced Tuesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Continental Tires.
The Lions, who concluded the 2011 season with a program-best 15-3-1 record, finished last year's campaign ranked No.23 in the country.
Reaching as high as No.5 in the nation, the team won its first outright Sunshine State Conference Title and will look to defend its crown over the course of the next three months.
In total, four SSC schools cracked the top-25, including the University of Tampa who enters the year at No.8. Saint Rose, last season's NCAA National Champions, holds the top spot heading into the regular season.
Based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America is the largest soccer coaches' organization in the world.
Since its founding in 1941, the NSCAA has grown to include more than 30,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport. In addition to a national rankings program for colleges and high schools, NSCAA offers an extensive recognition program that presents nearly 10,000 individual awards every year. The NSCAA fulfills its mission of coaching education through a nationwide program of clinics and week-long courses, teaching more than 7,000 soccer coaches each year.
The women will begin defending their top-25 ranking on Thursday, August 30, when they challenge Warner in their home opener. The match is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more on the nationally-ranked women's soccer team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.