2017 Preseason Women's DI Best XI revealed

2017 Preseason Women's DI Best XI revealed
by TopDrawerSoccer
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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