Men's, Women's Soccer Both Ranked In Top 25

West Virginia's men's and women's soccer teams are both ranked in the nation's top 25 in a trio of preseason polls released.

The West Virginia University women's soccer team received a pair of preseason rankings on Tuesday, holding the No. 18 spot from Soccer Buzz and No. 23 position from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

The Mountaineers, preseason favorites to win the 2007 BIG EAST American Division title, have been ranked in at least one major poll for 53 of the last 55 polling weeks. West Virginia finished No. 23 in the final 2006 Soccer Buzz rankings and No. 22 in the NSCAA season-ending poll.

Seven WVU opponents are ranked in at least one of the two polls (Soccer Buzz/NSCAA): Texas A&M (No. 5/5), Connecticut (No. 10/16), Virginia (No. 11/17), Penn State (No. 12/7), Villanova (No. 20/-), Wake Forest (-/No. 22) and Marquette (No. 30/-).

WVU will also have a pair of exhibition games at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, both open and free to the public. West Virginia and Kentucky will square off on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. A week later, the Mountaineers will battle James Madison on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m., in their final exhibition outing.

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The West Virginia men's soccer team has been picked 13th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas poll released on Aug. 14. Five of WVU opponents have been ranked in the preseason poll in No. 4 Duke, No. 9 Maryland, No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 17 St. John's and No. 25 Connecticut.

The Mountaineers, who were not ranked in the 2006 preseason NSCAA/adidas poll entered the ranks at No. 10 on Sept. 4, climbing as high as No. 4 for three consecutive weeks on Oct. 16th, 23rd and 30th. The BIG EAST Blue Division regular season champions finished the season 15-3-3, making a run in the NCAA tournament.

Four of the 16 conference schools were ranked with WVU ranking only behind No. 10 Notre Dame. UC Santa Barbara topped the poll followed by UCLA, Wake Forest, Duke and Virginia rounding out the top five.

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