Aug 15, 2013
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The 2013 Mountain West women’s soccer preseason poll was released Thursday, with the Colorado State Rams selected to finish 11th in the program’s inaugural season.
Defending Mountain West champions San Diego State were again selected as the preseason favorites, returning seven starters and 16 letterwinners from a team that finished last season ranked seventh in the nation. The Aztecs received nine first place votes and 99 total points.
New Mexico was second with 86 points and one first-vote, while UNLV and Mountain West newcomer Utah State tied for third with 77 points apiece, with the Rebels garnering one first-place vote. Boise State (61 points) and Fresno State (52 points) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with Wyoming (45 points), Nevada (43 points), Mountain West newcomer San José State (31 points), Air Force (20 points) and the Rams receiving 12 points to round out the standings.
The poll was conducted using a voting panel of the 11 Mountain West women’s soccer head coaches.
Although picked to finish last in its first season ever, Colorado State and Head Coach Bill Hempen are extremely excited about the possibilities heading into the 2013 campaign.
The Rams field a roster that includes five players who have transferred in from other division one programs, as well as 11 freshmen. With zero seniors, and only four juniors, Colorado State has a young team that shows a lot of potential and talent.
The Rams will begin exhibition play with a match on Aug. 18 at Metro State before kicking off the regular season on the road against Lubbock Christian University on Aug. 23. Colorado State will play its first ever home match vs. Grand Canyon University on Sept. 6 at the Fort Collins Soccer Complex.
Mountain West conference play will begin on Sept. 27 when CSU hosts Air Force. In total, the Rams will play a total of 18 matches in its inaugural season, with six of them coming at home.