COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies were selected No. 12 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Preseason Ranking the NSCAA announced on Tuesday.
Texas A&M polled second among SEC schools, trailing only No. 9 Florida. The Aggies are the top-ranked team from the Lone Star State, placing ahead of No. 13 Baylor and No. 24 Texas Tech.
North Carolina was picked first followed by Stanford, Florida State, Penn State and UCLA in the top five.
The Aggies’ opponent in the season-opener, Duke, was ranked No. 7 in the preseason poll. The Maroon and White host the Blue Devils at Ellis Field on Friday, August 23.
Texas A&M returns 14 letterwinners, including seven starters, from the 2012 campaign. The list of returnees includes NSCAA All-America Third Team selection Meghan Streight as well as All-SEC performers Jordan Day, Shea Groom and Annie Kunz.
The Aggies posted an historic season in 2012, finishing with a 19-5-1 overall record and winning the SEC Western Division title with a 10-2-1 league ledger. A&M's 19 wins was one shy of the school record and the Aggies posted a school-record 15 shutouts on the year. The Aggies finished the 2012 campaign ranked No. 14 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire rankings.