The expectations surrounding the West Virginia women’s soccer team are growing as the team gains national attention. Nikki Izzo-Brown’s club was picked to end up finishing third in the Big 12’s 2022 Soccer Preseason Poll, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Some voters even think so highly of WVU this season, making the Mountaineers one of four Big 12 squads to receive at least one first-place vote. WVU earned a total of 60 overall points of votes. Only TCU, the reigning Big 12 champion, who is expected to successfully defend their conference crown, and Texas were slotted ahead of WVU with 78 and 66 points respectively. Texas Tech (53) and Oklahoma State (49) round out the top five.
The conference poll was made up of the votes of the league’s 10 head coaches. They were not permitted to vote for their own teams.
Last season, West Virginia posted a 10-5-5 overall record, including a 3-3-3 record in conference play. The Mountaineers return 18 letterwinners eight starters. Since joining the Big 12 in 2012, WVU has claimed nine total Big 12 championships with five as regular season titles and four tournament wins.
Watch head coach Izzo-Brown discuss her thoughts about her team before the season gets underway.