Coming off a 13-1-2 season and a trip to the National Championship game a season ago, the Seminoles are once again expected to be at the top of the ACC. Florida State was selected to win the league as announced by the conference on Thursday.
Florida State tallied 167 points and 11 first-place votes, leading the entire conference. North Carolina earned two first-place votes and Virginia earned one. FSU was also one of five teams to place two student-athletes on the preseason All-ACC Team – senior midfielders Jaelin Howell and Yujie Zhao.
Howell is back for her fourth season with Florida State coming off a season in which she scored five goals and assisted on two others. Howell was named the ACC Midfielder of the Year, a First Team All-American and the MAC Hermann Award winner.
Zhao heads into her senior season with the Seminoles after another great season for the Seminoles in 2020-21. She was named to the All-ACC First Team for the third straight season, to the United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region First Team, a United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-American and a part of the College Cup All-Tournament Team. Zhao finished second on the team with five assists while scoring three goals.
The Noles begin the season on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. as they welcome No. 9 Texas A&M to Tallahassee.
2021 ACC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
Florida State – 167 (11 First-Place Votes)
North Carolina – 155 (2)
Virginia – 148 (1)
Duke – 129
Clemson – 124
Notre Dame – 104
Virginia Tech – 85
Louisville – 77
Wake Forest – 72
NC State – 71
Pitt – 57
Boston College – 45
Syracuse – 24
Miami – 16
2021 Women’s Soccer Preseason All-ACC Team
Megan Bornkamp, Clemson, So., M
Hensley Hancuff, Clemson, Sr., GK
Delaney Graham, Duke, Sr., D
Sophie Jones, Duke, Jr., M
Jaelin Howell, Florida State, Sr., M
Yujie Zhao, Florida State, Sr., M
Maycee Bell, North Carolina, Jr., D
Rachel Jones, North Carolina, Sr., F/M
Amanda West, Pitt, So., F
Lia Godfrey, Virginia, So., M
Alexa Spaanstra, Virginia, Sr., F/M