LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's soccer was picked fourth in the Mountain West Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's 12 head coaches and announced Wednesday by the league's office.
The Aggies earned 97 points in this season's poll, along with one first-place vote. Last season, Utah State finished tied for third in the final standings with a 7-4-0 conference record.
San Diego State was picked as the favorite to win the league for the fifth year in a row, tallying 110 total points and three first-place votes. The Aztecs finished in the tie for third place with the Aggies a year ago. San José State was tabbed second with 108 points and three first-place votes. Just ahead of Utah State, defending Mountain West champion UNLV was picked to finish third. The Rebels tallied a league-high five first-place votes with 101 total points.
Behind the Aggies, Wyoming was picked fifth with 70 points, followed by Fresno State with 66 points. Boise State was slated seventh with 64 points, followed by New Mexico in eighth place with 61 points. Colorado College followed in the ninth-place spot with 43 points, while Air Force was picked 10th with 37 total points. Colorado State and Nevada rounded out the poll, tallying 20 and 15 points, respectively.
Utah State returns five starters and 14 total letterwinners to the 2017 roster, while welcoming nine newcomers. The Aggies will open their season this weekend with a home exhibition match against Southern Utah on Friday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. The official season will get underway on Friday, Aug. 18, when Utah State hosts South Dakota State.
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2017 MW PRESEASON WOMEN’S SOCCER COACHES’ POLL Pl. Team (1st place votes) Points 1 San Diego State (3) 110 2 San José State (3) 108 3 UNLV (5) 101 4 UTAH STATE (1) 97 5 Wyoming 70 6 Fresno State 66 7 Boise State 64 8 New Mexico 61 9 Colorado College 43 10 Air Force 37 11 Colorado State 20 12 Nevada 15
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