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2017 Preseason Women's DI Best XI revealed

Article Written by TopDrawerSoccer
Published: August 14, 2017

The return of last fall's U.S. U20 Women's World Cup team is significant in this year's Preseason Best XI for women's Division I soccer.

With some of the best players in the country sitting out the 2016 campaign, the injection of high level talent will have a huge impact on the upcoming season.

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That being said, the holdovers from last year's season dot the three preseason teams. That includes Andi Sullivan, the likely No. 1 pick in the 2018 NWSL Draft, South Carolina star Savannah McKaskill, and Georgetown's Rachel Corboz, who helped the Hoyas to a College Cup appearance last year.

Also included in the preseason awards is the Freshman Best XI, a look at some first-year players expected to make a significant contribution in 2017.

TopDrawerSoccer.com's Women's DI Preseason Best XI

First Team

GK: Casey Murphy (Rutgers)

D: Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State), Taylor Campbell Isom (BYU), Rebecca Quinn (Duke)

M: Rachel Corboz (Georgetown), Jessie Fleming (UCLA), Andi Sullivan (Stanford), Emily Ogle (Penn State)

F: Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina), F Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina), Michaela Abam (West Virginia)

Second Team

GK: Cassie Miller (Florida State)

D: Gabby Seiler (Florida), Jemma Purfield (Arizona State), Kayla Sharples (Northwestern)

M: Megan Connolly (Florida State), Tierna Davidson (Stanford), Taylor Kornieck (Colorado), Alexa Ben (DePaul)

F: Jennifer Westendorf (Notre Dame), Frannie Crouse (Penn State), Deyna Castellanos (Florida State)

Third Team

GK: Emily Boyd (California)

D: Chidera Akubuilo (UNLV), Ally Prisock (USC), Vanessa Gilles (Cincinnati)

M: Marie Levasseur (Memphis), Carla Portillo (West Virginia), Ella Stevens (Duke), Katie Cousins (Tennessee)

F: Chloe Williams (Eastern Washington), Ashley Gonzales (Long Beach State), Kristen Dodson (Auburn)

Freshmen Best XI

GK: Laurel Ivory (Virginia)

D: Carlotte Wubben-Moy (North Carolina), Emily Smith (California), Kennedy Faulknor (UCLA)

M: Gloriana Villalobos (Florida State), Savannah DeMelo (USC), Sarah Stratigakis (Michigan), Addison McCain (Texas A&M)

F: Ashley Sanchez (UCLA), F Catarina Macario (Stanford), Parker Goins (Arkansas)

 
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