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Cougar soccer ranked #19 in preseason poll

This is the highest preseason ranking in program history

PULLMAN, WA - October 10: Washington State women’s soccer team defeats Pac 12 opponent California 2-0 at Lower Soccer Field Jack Ellis/CougCenter

Top Drawer Soccer released their preseason rankings on Monday and the Washington State soccer team found themselves ranked 19th. Coming off a 14-3-4 season last year, the ranking is the highest they have earned in the preseason.

They are one of four Pac-12 schools ranked in the top-25 and join #6 UCLA, #18 USC, and #20 Stanford. Earlier this month the Cougs were picked third in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll behind Stanford and UCLA. The United Soccer Coaches preseason poll was also released earlier this month and had the Cougs sitting at 20th, their first time ranked in this preseason poll since 2018.

Led by fifth year senior midfielder Sydney Studer, defender Mykiaa Minniss and sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper, the Cougs will look to get back to the NCAA tournament this fall. Last season, the Cougs fell short in the second round of the tournament with a 2-0 loss to Tennessee.

Studer, Minniss, and Cooper will kick off the season on Thursday with a top-20 matchup against Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines, who lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament last season, begin this season ranked #17 according to top drawer soccer and 9th in the United Soccer Coaches poll.

Thursdays matchup can be seen on B1G+ with a subscription fee. They will return home the following Thursday on August 25th as they host Portland at 7:00 pm at the Lower Soccer Field. That game can be streamed on the WSU athletics website.



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