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Aggie Soccer ranked 9th in preseason poll

Home opener at Ellis Field on Aug. 28

Women’s Soccer - NCAA - North Carolina vs. Texas A&M Photo by Andy Mead /Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images

Texas A&M’s soccer team had a successful 2020-21 season, earning a share of the SEC regular season title and advancing to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. They return 19 players from last year’s team, and open the season as the No. 9 team in the country (and No. 1 team in the SEC), according to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s Preseason Rankings. A&M has now appeared in the top 10 at least once in each of the last 25 seasons, a truly incredible statement of Coach G Guerreri’s success in College Station.

The Aggies will open the season with some stiff competition, traveling to Tallahassee to take on No. 1 Florida State to open the season, then at No. 8 TCU in Fort Worth before returning to Ellis Field for the home opener against No. 7 Clemson on Saturday, Aug. 28. Seven of their 2021 opponents appear in the preseason Top 25.

While football (the American version) is often our focus, I can remember as a student always going to that first soccer game shortly after moving in. It always felt like the unofficial beginning of the next school year, and the new athletics season. Hopefully Ellis Field will be rocking when they kick off a new season in a few weeks.