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UConn Soccer: Men's and Women's Teams Start Season Outside Top 25

Both teams knocking on the door, but neither UConn squad starts the season with any love from NSCAA voters.

The UConn men's soccer team received plenty of votes for the top 25, despite a difficult season in 2014.
The UConn men's soccer team received plenty of votes for the top 25, despite a difficult season in 2014.

The UConn men's soccer team struggled last season, missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time this century. The women's team, on the other hand, returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.

Both teams are setting up for what should be big seasons, but they will have to earn the respect of the rest of the nation.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released its preseason rankings for both men's and women's soccer Monday afternoon. The UConn women's team was 27th in voting for the top 25, while the men are 29th to start the season.

UCLA's men's team and Florida State's women's team begin the season ranked No. 1.

Both UConn teams will face a number of ranked opponents in 2015. The men will host No. 7 Providence, which reached the College Cup last year, and visit No. 18 Louisville, while the women will host No. 25 Georgetown and travel to play No. 24 Rutgers and No. 17 UCF.

The men's team finished the season with a 10-6-3 record in 2014. UConn fell in a penalty kick shootout to USF in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at Morrone Stadium. The women went 14-5-5, winning the American championship before falling to Penn State 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Nittany Lions begin the year ranked No. 6.

The American begins the season with no teams ranked in the men's top 25. UConn received the most votes among the conference's three vote-getters, which also included Tulsa and USF. UCF is the lone women's representative in the top 25. UConn and USF both received votes.