BUCKHANNON - Continuing in its preparation for the upcoming 2016 college soccer season, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has released its national preseason rankings for NCAA Division II women's teams.
The 2015 national champion, Grand Valley State, is at the top of the heap, followed by Columbus State
Western Washington, University of Bridgeport and the University of Central Missouri follow in the No. 3, 4, and 5 spots, respectively.
West Virginia Wesleyan is ranked 22nd in the nation in the preseason rankings.
West Virginia Wesleyan is coming off a 17-1-3 record last season after hosting the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in school history.
Head coach Patrick Holguin and his Lady Bobcats finished last season ranked 22nd in the final NSCAA poll.
The Lady Bobcats are the only Mountain East Conference school represented in preseason rankings.
Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.
The NSCAA is the world's largest soccer coaches' organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.
For more information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit the NSCAA website at NSCAA.com.
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