In STACK's women's soccer rankings, we take you beyond the polls to reveal what truly makes a college soccer program great. To come up with our list of the top 10 women's soccer programs, we consider a variety of factors—not just wins and losses, but also academic rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Academic Progress Rates. The result is a list of schools we'd recommend to any soccer player seeking an elite athletic program and a strong education. Learn more about how we arrived at our rankings through the Elite 50 guide, and browse through STACK's rankings for 20 other sports at the bottom of this page.
STACK's Top 10 Women's Soccer Programs
|College||Score||'12 U.S. News Rank||APR [Out of 1,000]||National Ranking '10/'09/'08||Games Above .500 [Past 3 Seasons]||STACK Factor|
|2. Notre Dame||87.96||19||997||1/4/2||61||108|
|3. North Carolina||84.12||29||965||6/1/1||60||144|
|7. Boston College||57.12||31||996||3/7/11||33||36|
|8. Florida State||56.28||101||969||7/6/6||38||132|
|9. Texas A&M||53.64||58||988||16/13/7||31||144|
Inside the Rankings: Portland Women's Soccer
If you've heard of the University of Portland, it's probably because of their women's soccer team. Out of 3,259 students enrolled at the school, the 21 women who take the pitch each fall put Portland on the map.
By far Portland's most successful athletic team, the women's soccer squad smashes small-school stereotypes by dominating larger foes on their way to making serious post-season noise. The Pilots consistently kick their way into the late rounds of the College Cup; and they have returned home as national champions eight times since 1994. Few small schools can compete, let alone dominate at this elite level.
In addition to the program's effective coaches and incredible talent—several Portland alumnae have gone on to represent Canada and the U.S. in World Cups and Olympics—a tight-knit community powers the Pilots' excellence. All of the players pitch in to host a team blog, which keeps fans and followers informed about their achievements on the pitch and teambuilding activities off of it. Whether the players were hunting for Halloween pumpkins or breaking down a weekend sweep, their blog entries consistently highlight the family-like environment they enjoy in Portland.
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