The West Virginia University women's soccer team claimed the top spot in the Big 12 preseason poll, conference officials announced today.
The Mountaineers garnered seven of the nine first place votes.
Texas Tech sits in second behind WVU, receiving the remaining two first-place votes. The Lady Red Raiders are coming off of their best finish in the Big 12, putting up a 5-2-1 conference record and reaching their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
It its inaugural season in the Big 12, WVU went 7-0-1 in the regular season on its way to a third straight conference title. The Mountaineers return nine starters from a year ago, including leading point getters junior Kate Schwindel and senior Frances Silva.
WVU had a league-high five players named to the preseason All-Big 12 Team, including freshman Ashley Lawrence. Coming in second to the Mountaineers' five selections were Baylor and Texas Tech with two a piece.
2013 Big 12 Soccer Preseason Poll
1. West Virginia (63 – 7 first place)
2. Texas Tech (55 – 2 first place)
3. Baylor (52)
4. Oklahoma State (40)
5. Kansas (33)
6. Texas (31)
7. Oklahoma (21)
8. TCU (19)
9. Iowa State (10)