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PreSeason NCAA Mens Soccer Rankings

Published 8/25/2008 1:03:46 PM by staff from dallas
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The Preseason NCAA Mens Soccer Rankings from Soccermogul.com.  Check Soccermogul.com each Tuesday for updated rankings throughout this season.

1.  Wake Forest - The defending national champions return a strong roster and the best midfield in the country
2.  U Conn - superstar O'Brian White leads a potent attack
3.  Santa Clara - the class of the west coast
4.  Maryland - look to return to glory of a few years ago
5.  Indiana - 9 starters and a monster recruiting class make IU title contenders
6.  Creighton - looking for 17th straight ncaa appearance
7.  Boston College - trying to avenge last years tournament flop
8.  Northwestern - 9 starters return to a program on the rise.  Could be the sleeper team of the year.
9.  New Mexico - look out as 8 starters return
10. Brown - flying under the radar
11. Illinois Chicago - 9 starters back from a squad that made final 8 last year
12. St Louis - lots of returners but must overcome the rep of not winning big games
13. Old Dominion - 8 starters and 17 players return from 14-7-3 team
14. UC Santa Barbara  - have some holes to fill
15. California - 8 starters return from a program with 7 straight NCAA appearances
16. Virginia - tons of talent
17. UCLA - 7 starters return to try to lift program back to previous heights
18. Tulsa - most of the talent returns from a solid squad last season
19. SMU - defense will be stout but can they score goals in the big games? Tough trips to Virginia and Cal to open season
20. Louisville - a program on the rise that returns 9 starters.  could be a big surprise this year.
21. Ohio State - lost 4 major players from last year's Final Four squad but a good nucleus returns
22. U Mass - return their top top 6 scorers and 8 starters
23. North Carolina - after a rebuilding year look for the Tarheels to be factors again
24. Akron - traditionally strong program
25. Cal Poly - made a name for themselves last year as they went 11-4-4.  Almost the whole squad returns.
26. Notre Dame - lost several players including stud Joe Lapira.  How fast can the new faces step in and gel?
27. Denver - good recruiting class arrives to help a program on the rise
28. South Florida - have the talent to be much higher, need consistency
29. Virginia Tech - can they fill the talent loss?
30. Furman - have some big shoes to replace, but return 10 goal scorer Haris Cekic returns

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