CHICAGO -- After highly successful campaigns in 2016, both University of Chicago soccer teams have been recognized in the Top 10 of the 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Preseason Coaches Poll, released Thursday.
The Maroon women's squad stand ranked at No. 3 in the nation, which matches UChicago's final 2016 ranking after finishing 18-4-1 and reaching the NCAA Semifinals.
Head Coach Amy Reifert, now in her 27th season, led last year's team to its 16th NCAA appearance and fourth-straight national postseason. The 2016 UChicago squad tied the school record for wins (18) and shutouts (14) before the Maroons fell to Messiah, 1-0 in overtime, in the national semifinal. It marked the fourth appearance in the NCAA Final Four and the first since the 2005 season.
The UChicago women open the 2017 season Friday, Sept. 1, when the Maroons travel to Claremont, Calif., to take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a 7 p.m. CT nonconference match up.
On the men's side, UChicago also matches their 2016 final ranking of No. 9 in the nation.
The Maroons finished the 2016 campaign with a 17-1-2 overall record and attained the No. 1 ranking heading into the NCAA Division III national tournament before falling to University of Redlands, 3-2, in the round of 16. Led by fifth-year head coach Mike Babst, the 2016 Maroons reached their third-straight NCAA tournament in 2016, setting a new school record for wins (17) and shutouts (15), while leading NCAA Division III in goals-against average (0.39).
The Maroon men open the 2017 season Sept. 1 when UChicago hosts Whitworth in a nonconference contest at 4 p.m. CT at Stagg Field.
The respective 2016 national champions Washington St. Louis (women) and Tufts (men) led each respective preseason poll in the No. 1 spot. United Soccer Coaches is the new name for the former National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).