KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United Soccer Coaches have come out with its final rankings for the 2017 season, placing the Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer team at 24th in the country. The Marlins had received votes in the previous two polls, this being the first time of the year to crack the top-25.
One of the most successful runs in program history, Virginia Wesleyan had a lot to talk about this year. Finishing with a 15-7-1 record, the squad posted its most wins in five seasons and nabbed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference regular season title (9-1 in conference).
Despite falling in the ODAC Championship final, the team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament, drawing a battle with Tufts University. There, the Marlins grinded out a 3-2 victory over the Jumbos, earning them their first NCAA victory since 2007.
As a team, the Marlins ranked 22nd in the nation for total goals (63) and 47th in goals per game (2.74). Both of these totals were the most in five seasons.
Individually, Virginia Wesleyan had seven players receive All-Conference nods, while freshman Anna Pedicone was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year. Zoe Traficante and Brooke Adamchak were also named to All-South Atlantic Regional teams.