Women's Soccer Picked to Win the American Athletic Conference Title Along with UCF

 
Charlyn Corral


Charlyn Corral

Aug 16, 2013

Louisville, Ky. - The Louisville women's soccer team was picked to tie with UCF for the for the conference title in the inaugural American Athletic Conference preseason poll on Friday. The Knights and the Cardinals each earned 85 points in polling conducted by the league's head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own team or their own players.

Louisville is led by head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes, who begins her 13th season with the Cardinals. Louisville went 10-4-4 and placed third in the National Division of the BIG EAST in 2012 and returns a strong lineup including Preseason Team selections Charlyn Corral (a unanimous selection) and Angelika Uremovich, both seniors. Corral earned First Team All-BIG EAST and NSCAA First Team All-Northeast Region honors last season and led Louisville in scoring with 23 points. Uremovich was a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2012. The Cardinals return nine starters and 97 percent of its goal scoring.

Corral tallied 19 points last season, including eight goals in BIG EAST play. She had 52 shots in 11 league games, more than any other BIG EAST player. Corral had a point in seven of 11 BIG EAST games and overall, she amassed a team-high 23 points, including eight goals and seven assists. This summer Corral helped lead Mexico to a silver medal in the World University Games, scoring 10 goals in six matches.

Uremovich will sit out this season with a medical redshirt after tearing her ACL in the spring. She led the Cardinals last season with nine goals on the season to go with two assists. She tallied two goals in a game twice last season. In her three seasons as a Cardinal, Uremovich has 18 career goals and eight total assists while playing in 60 matches overall.

 

 

UCF enters The American after a strong 2012 season in which the Knights posted a 17-5-2 record, won their first Conference USA Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Earlier this week, UCF was named No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's preseason rankings after finishing last season ranked No. 20.

The American Athletic Conference, based in Providence, R.I., rebranded July 1, 2013. In its inaugural year, The American is fortunate to be able to draw from the previous successes and traditions already established in its 10 inaugural women's soccer programs. The state-of-the-art UCF Soccer and Track Complex will host the first American Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championship on Nov. 8 (semifinals) and 10 (final). First-round and quarterfinal games will be held at campus sites on Oct. 31 and Nov. 3.

The American Athletic Conference comprises the following 10 member institutions: the University of Central Florida; University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Houston, University of Louisville, University of Memphis, Rutgers University, Southern Methodist University, University of South Florida, and Temple University. In 2014-15, East Carolina University, Tulane University and the University of Tulsa become full members. The U.S. Naval Academy joins in football only in 2015. The American Athletic Conference is a member of the Bowl Championship Series. For more information on the Conference and its membership, please visit www.TheAmerican.org.

2013 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON WOMEN'S SOCCER POLL

No. School (first place votes) Points T-1. UCF (4) 85

T-1. Louisville (5) 85

3. Rutgers 67

4. UConn 61

5. USF 59

6. Memphis 53

7. SMU 48

8. Houston 36

9. Cincinnati 28

10. Temple 18

2013 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON AWARD WINNERS

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Jonelle Filigno, Rutgers, R-Sr., F

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Marissa Diggs, UCF, Sr., D

Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

Lianne Maldonado, UCF, Sr., GK

American Athletic Conference Preseason Team

*Charlyn Corral, Louisville, Sr., M

Kylie Davis, Memphis, Jr., M

Marissa Diggs, UCF, Sr., D

*Jonelle Filigno, Rutgers, R-Sr., F

Hayley Katkowski, Rutgers, So., M

Lianne Maldonado, UCF, Sr., GK

Christabel Oduro, Memphis, Sr., F/M

Sharla Passariello, USF, Sr., F

Shelby Redman, SMU, R-Jr., F

Diamond Simpson, Memphis, So., D/M

Angelika Uremovich, Louisville, Sr., M

*unanimous selection

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