While it’s technically the middle of the season for some women’s Division I college soccer programs, the bulk of teams are heading back into action in the next few weeks.
With the march towards a spring season beginning, and a championship on the line, TopDrawerSoccer.com unveils its Preseason Best XI teams, projecting the best (or hailing some of the best from the fall) performances from the 2020-21 season.
In order for players to be considered for this and the Women’s Top 100, players have to be eligible and plan on playing in the 2021 spring season. A handful of players have left their programs to sign pro, either in the NWSL or Europe, and are not considered. The team below reflects the games played in the fall of 2020 and the expectations for the upcoming spring campaign.
Check out the three teams, and a Freshman XI below.
TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI
F: Mikayla Colohan (BYU), Madison Haley (Stanford), Mia Fishel (UCLA)
M: Jaelin Howell (Florida State), Brianna Pinto (North Carolina), Sam Coffey (Penn State), Yazmeen Ryan (TCU)
D: Kiki Pickett (Stanford), Karlina Sample (Texas A&M), Jordan Brewster (West Virginia)
GK: Claudia Dickey (North Carolina)
F: Rebecca Jarrett (Virginia), Anna Podojil (Arkansas), Tara McKeown (USC)
M: Viviana Villacorta (UCLA), Sarah Stratigakis (Michigan), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia), Sophie Jones (Duke)
D: Emily Smith (California), Maycee Bell (North Carolina), Haley VanFossen (Arkansas)
GK: Angelina Anderson (California)
F: Grace Collins (TCU), Penelope Hocking (USC), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara)
M: Yujie Zhao (Florida State), Rachel Jones (North Carolina), Lucy Porter (Hofstra), Julia Grosso (Texas)
D: Lucy Parker (UCLA), Kim Rodriguez (Oklahoma State), Emily Madril (Florida State)
GK: Emily Alvarado (TCU)
Freshman Best XI
F: Barbara Olivieri (Texas A&M), Lia Godfrey (Virginia), Reilyn Turner (UCLA)
M: Alexis Missimo (Texas), Samantha Meza (North Carolina), Astrid Wheeler (Stanford), Abi Brighton (Vanderbilt)
D: Marz Akins (TCU), Eva Alonso (Penn State), Makenna Morris (Clemson)
GK: Cristina Roque (Florida State)