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Colorado’s soccer team is ranked No. 25 in the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA) preseason poll. It is the first preseason ranking for CU since 2007. The Buffs opened the season 14th and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament that year.

The ranking comes on the heels of a 15-6-1 record in 2016 for the Buffs, including 8-2-1 in the Pac-12 Conference as they tied for second place in the conference with national champion Southern California. CU finished last season ranked 23rd and eight starters return.

Five Pac-12 schools are ranked, including No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 USC.

This week, head coach Danny Sanchez also announced the addition of Longmont native and Silver Creek grad Jacy Drobney to his staff as a volunteer assistant. Drobney is familiar with the Pac-12, earning all-league honors during a solid four-year career at Oregon State. Drobney played professionally one season in Germany and has spent time working with the Colorado Rush and Impact Sports in Superior.