A day after placing four players on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team, Oklahoma State takes the top spot in the 2012 Big 12 preseason soccer poll, as voted on by the league's coaches. OSU received four first-place votes to secure the top spot over newcomer West Virginia which tallied two first-place nods.
The Cowgirls open the 2012 season ranked No. 5 in the preseason NSCAA/Continental Tire national rankings. Last season, OSU captured the Big 12 regular season crown and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship for the second straight year. The team will return six starters for 2012, including All-American goalkeeper Ad Franch and leading goal scorer Taylor Mathews.
In its inaugural Big 12 season, WVU will start the 2012 campaign ranked No. 20 by the NSCAA with 12 newcomers to last year's squad that put together a 17-5-0 record before appearing in its 12th consecutive NCAA tournament.
Behind the top two teams, Baylor, Kansas and Texas Tech are separated by only 10 points in spots three through six, with each receiving one first-place vote. The remainder of the poll consists of Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa State and TCU.
All nine Big 12 teams will open the 2012 campaign on Friday, August 17.
2012 BIG 12 SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
(First place votes in parentheses; Coaches not allowed to vote for own team)
Rank School Points
1. Oklahoma State (4) 60
2. West Virginia (2) 56
3. Baylor (1) 49
4. Kansas (1) 44
5. Texas Tech (1) 39
6. Texas 27
7. Oklahoma 25
8. Iowa State 13
9. TCU 12