A new year of women’s Division I college soccer begins on Thursday this week, as the chase for a spot in San Jose officially kicks off.
Top talent from around the best programs will have their sights set on a deep tournament run. But for many teams, it’s the chase for a regular season conference title first up on the checklist.
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There are several impressive players set to make an impact on the upcoming season. As is tradition, TopDrawerSoccer.com releases its preseason Best XI teams, projecting the upperclassmen (and freshmen) that could prove to be difference makers in 2019.
Below are the three teams for upperclassmen, and a freshman Best XI side.
F: Catarina Macario (Stanford), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA), Evelyne Viens (South Florida)
M: Jessie Fleming (UCLA), Katie Cousins (Tennessee), Yujie Zhao (Florida State), Kelcie Hedge (Santa Clara)
D: Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State), Emily Fox (North Carolina), Phoebe McClernon (Virginia)
GK: Kaylie Collins (USC)
F: Ally Watt (Texas A&M), Cyera Hintzen (Texas), Deyna Castellanos (Florida State)
M: Sam Coffey (Penn State), Ella Stevens (Duke), Emina Ekic (Louisville), Taylor Kornieck (Colorado)
D: Meaghan Nally (Georgetown), Grace Fisk (South Carolina) Malia Berkeley (Florida State)
GK: Rylee Foster (West Virginia)
F: Raimee Sherle (Boise State), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara), Tziarra King (NC State)
M: Paula Germino-Watnick (Georgetown), Brianne Folds (Auburn), Jaelin Howell (Florida State), Andrea Hauksdottir (South Florida)
D: Karina Rodriguez (UCLA), Alli Klug (Saint Louis), Maya Neal (Tennessee)
GK: Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech)
Freshman Best XI
F: Brittany Raphino (Brown), Diana Ordonez (Virginia), Angela Caloia (Harvard)
M: Sophie Jones (Duke), Maya Doms (Stanford), Jenna Nighswonger (Florida State), Isabella Cook (Tennessee)
D: Kate Wiesner (Penn State), Reyna Reyes (Alabama), Lucy Roberts (South Florida)
GK: Angelina Anderson (California)