The Maryland men's soccer team will open its season later this month as the second-ranked team in the nation, according to a preseason poll released today by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
The Terrapins are placed between No. 1 Indiana and Georgetown, the latter of which beat Maryland in penalty kicks in the national semifinal last year before losing to the former in the title game.
Terps head coach Sasho Cirovski won't have 2012 seniors John Stertzer and London Woodberry, among others, but his team still has an extremely deep roster. Senior forward Patrick Mullins is one of the best players in the country, and he's surrounded by skilled attackmen, stout backs and an elite goaltender in Keith Cardona.
Behind the top-ranked Hoosiers, Terps and Hoyas, ACC foe North Carolina and Connecticut round out the preseason top five. Maryland will meet North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Sept. 13 in what should be one of the premier matches this college soccer season. Before that, Cirovski's squad will face a stiff test when it visits Palo Alto to meet Stanford in its season-opener on Aug. 30.
The Terps women's team is ranked 17th in the nation.