BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins women’s soccer program earned its first preseason national ranking of the 2017 season, as the United Soccer Coaches rank the Blue Jays 13th overall in Division III. Prior to the 2017 season, the United Soccer Coaches was formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The number 13 ranking marks the 10th time since 2003 that Johns Hopkins has been ranked in the United Soccer Coaches/NSCAA Preseason Poll. The Blue Jays drew a program-best number three ranking in the 2012 preseason poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications office uses the coaches poll to reflect the Blue Jays’ official national ranking.
Hopkins posted its 21st consecutive winning record in 2016, going 17-3-2 while winning its 11th Centennial Conference Tournament title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th consecutive year. Johns Hopkins made its eighth trip to the Sweet 16 last season and improved to 22-12-3 all-time in NCAA Tournament action with its run to the third round.
Head Coach Leo Weil, who enters his 26th season in 2017, picked up win number 350 with a 3-0 victory at Shenandoah last season and now has a total of 357 victories, which ranks seventh overall among active Division III head coaches.
The Blue Jays were tops in the Centennial in a number of offensive categories last season, including goals (60), assists (43) and points (163). JHU also ranked in the top 40 in the country in each of those categories as well.
Johns Hopkins will open up the 2017 season on Saturday, September 2 when the Blue Jays host Wisconsin-Stout at 1 pm in the first game of the Blue Jay Invitational.
2017 United Soccer Coaches Division III Preseason Top 15
1. Washington University (Mo.) (19-2-3)
2. Messiah (22-3-0)
3. University of Chicago (18-4-1)
4. William Smith (18-4-1)
5. Trinity (TX) (23-1-0)
6. Brandeis (16-4-4)
7. Williams (18-1-2)
8. Hardin-Simmons (20-1-2)
9. Thomas More (22-1-1)
10. Pomona-Pitzer (17-1-4)
10. Wisconsin-Whitewater (22-2-0)
12. The College of New Jersey (17-2-1)
13. Johns Hopkins (17-3-2)
14. Amherst (17-3-1)
15. Stevens Institute of Technology (19-2-0)
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