UK Women’s Soccer Ranked No. 16 To Start 2015
LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the first time in program history, the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team will begin the season ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top-25, slotting in at No. 16 to start 2015.
Kentucky is slated to play two matches against top-10 preseason teams in No. 8 Florida (Oct. 2, 7 p.m. ET, SECN+), and vs. No. 5 Texas A&M (Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. ET, SECN+) for the first time since the 2010 season, the first under head coach Jon Lipsitz.
UK all together will play four preseason top-25 teams, and four more teams that received votes in the initial release by the NSCAA on Monday.
The first match of Kentucky’s season will be a top-20 showdown at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex, as the No. 16 Wildcats will host the No. 20 Huskies at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network+. The second match of the 2015 opening weekend will see UK host San Diego State, who was receiving votes in Monday’s poll.
Kentucky vs. Washington will be one of three ranked vs. ranked, top-25 matchups on opening night, Aug. 21. Fans in attendance at the Bell Soccer Complex will receive free UK posters and trading cards in addition to other chances to win prizes during the game including free t-shirts.
Fans without season tickets can purchase them on UKathletics.com/tickets today and get a season ticket holder scarf as well. The scarf will serve as your paperless ticket for the 2015 year into all UK men’s and women’s soccer home games.
2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top-25 Preseason Poll
1. Florida State (25)
2. Virginia (3)
3. Stanford (1)
5. Texas A&M
6. Penn State
7. North Carolina
9. Notre Dame
11. South Carolina
12. West Virginia
13. Virginia Tech
15. Texas Tech
17. Central Florida
Receiving Votes: Duke, UConn, Southern Cal, Arizona State, Washington State, Marquette, Auburn, Michigan, Colorado, Northeastern, Santa Clara, Boston College, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona, Maryland, USF, Texas, North Texas, Harvard, Furman, Oklahoma, Tennessee, San Diego State.
Italicized teams are 2015 UK opponents.
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