NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt will start the season ranked No. 17 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, it was announced Tuesday.
It’s the highest preseason ranking ever for the Commodores, who concluded the 2018 regular season ranked 16th in the same poll.
Last fall, the Commodores enjoyed their most successful season in 25 years, winning the SEC regular season championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Their 16 wins were also good for the third-most in Vanderbilt history.
The season was full of highlights as head coach Darren Ambrose was named the SEC Coach of the Year. Haley Hopkins earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors while also being named third team All-American, first team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman. Hopkins also garnered first team all-region recognition.
Grace Jackson became another SEC first team selection for Vanderbilt as well as a second team all-region selection. Nia Dorsey likewise landed on the SEC second team and the second team all-region. Ella Shamburger wrapped up a successful first season on campus as an SEC Freshman team and second team all-region honoree.
The Commodores engineered the longest winning streak in program history by reeling off 13 wins in a row, a stretch that extended to the longest unbeaten streak in Commodore history with 16 games without a loss.
The first chance to catch the Commodores in action is Sunday at 7 p.m. against Belmont in an exhibition at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex. Vanderbilt’s regular season opener is set for Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. against Georgia State at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.