Aug. 13, 2014
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The 2014 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Coach’s Preseason Poll was released Wednesday, with the Colorado State Rams selected to finish tied for 10th in the program’s second season.
Defending Mountain West champions San Diego State were again selected as the preseason favorites.The Aztecs received five first-place votes and 115 total points, narrowly edging out conference-newcomer Colorado College. In their first season in the Mountain West, the Tigers also received five first-place votes and 112 total points.
Boise State, runner-up to the Aztecs at the 2013 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Championship, finished third with two first-place votes and 103 total points. New Mexico (88 points) and Utah State (82 points) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, followed by Fresno State (73 points), UNLV (55 points), Wyoming (51 points) and Nevada (37 points). Colorado State and San José State each earned 27 points to finish tied for 10th-place, with Air Force rounding out the standings at 22 points.
The poll was conducted using a voting panel of the 12 Mountain West women’s soccer head coaches.
Although picked to finish 10th in its second season ever, Colorado State and Head Coach Bill Hempen are extremely excited about the possibilities heading into the 2014 campaign.
The Rams field a roster that incorporates plenty of new, young talent, and experienced leadership. Colorado State returns its entire starting defense from last year and also adds key contributors at attacking positions. With three seniors and five juniors, Colorado State has a young team that shows a lot of potential and talent.
The Rams will begin exhibition play with a match at home on Aug. 16 against Colorado Mesa before kicking off the regular season on the road against rival Colorado on Aug. 22. Colorado State will kick off its first full season playing on campus with its home-opener against Northern Colorado on Aug. 28. Both the match at CU and the home contest against UNC will be part of the Colorado Cup, a tournament featuring all of Colorado's Division I programs.
Mountain West conference play will begin on Sept. 26 when CSU hosts UNLV.. In total, the Rams will play 19 matches this season, with 10 of them coming at home.
2014 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON WOMEN'S SOCCER COACHES' POLL
Pl. Team (1st place votes) Points
1. San Diego State (5) 115
2. Colorado College (5) 112
3. Boise State (2) 103
4. New Mexico 88
5. Utah State 82
6. Fresno State 73
7. UNLV 55
8. Wyoming 51
9. Nevada 37
T-10. Colorado State 27
T-10. San José State 27
12. Air Force 22
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