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
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)
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)
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)