DALLAS – Kansas soccer is predicted to finish fifth in the Big 12 preseason coaches' poll, which the conference office released Friday morning. The ranking marks the sixth time in the 14-year history of the preseason vote that KU has been picked to finish among the top-five teams in the conference.
Defending league champion West Virginia was chosen to win the conference, receiving seven first-place votes and 63 points overall, followed by Texas Tech (55), Baylor (52), Oklahoma State (40), Kansas (33), Texas (31), Oklahoma (21), TCU (19) and Iowa State (10).
The Jayhawks return 13 letterwinners and five starters from last year's squad that finished 10-8-2 overall and 3-5 in conference play. KU will also see over 70 percent of its scoring return from a season ago, which includes 2012 All-Big 12 Second Team selections senior Caroline Kastor and junior Jamie Fletcher as well as All-Big 12 Newcomer Team honoree sophomore Ashley Williams.
Kansas will open its 2013 slate on Sunday, Aug. 18 with an exhibition match against Nebraska-Omaha at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., with free admission to all fans.
2013 BIG 12 SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
West Virginia (7)
Texas Tech (2)