LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 by the league’s coaches in the annual preseason poll, released by the conference office Monday.
Texas A&M was picked to finish first, garnering six first place votes and 95 total points. The Aggies narrowly edged out in-state rival Texas (two first-place votes, 91 total points) for the honor. Colorado was chosen to finish third with 81 total points. Oklahoma State (fourth) was the only other school to earn a first-place vote.
Kansas was picked fifth with 65 total points, followed by Nebraska (57), Oklahoma (43), Missouri (41), Baylor (23), Texas Tech (21) and Iowa State (14).
This marks the third-straight season that the Jayhawks have been picked to finish fourth or lower. However, the team has not placed any worse than fourth in the league since 2002.
Oklahoma State’s Yolanda Odenyo and Colorado’s Nikki Marshall were two of 11 players named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team. Odenyo was last year’s Big 12 Player of the Year, while Marshall was tabbed the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2006.
Kansas will play a pair of intrasquad matches during the preseason before opening the regular season at the University of Hawaii on Aug. 31.
Place School (First-Place Votes) Total Points
1. Texas A&M (6) 95
2. Texas (2) 91
3. Colorado (2) 81
4. Oklahoma State (1) 74
5. Kansas 65
6. Nebraska 57
7. Oklahoma 43
8. Missouri 41
9. Baylor 23
10. Texas Tech 21
11. Iowa State 14
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