TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 2, 2022 – The University of South Florida women’s soccer team was placed at No. 21 in Soccer Wire’s most recent analysis of the last five full seasons, ranking as The American’s top program.
The rankings, which analyze each program’s finish in the NCAA’s RPI and the final United Soccer Coaches poll of each year, incorporate data from each of the last five full seasons but does not include the COVID-affected 2020 season. Utilizing RPI data across multiple seasons, SoccerWire’s top 50 rankings heavily reward programs that consistently produce a high number of quality wins from year-to-year.
South Florida has started a long string of success in 2017, capturing an American Athletic Conference title in every season from 2017-2021. Overall, the team has won six championships, including the regular-season crowns in 2018, 2020 and 2021 and the tournament title in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
Most recently, the program finished 12-4-3 in 2021, capturing the AAC regular-season title with a 6-1-1 record in league play and advancing to the team’s fifth consecutive NCAA tournament while earning hosting rights for the first round. The team received votes in the final United Soccer Coaches poll and finished 32n.d in the NCAA’s RPI.
In the COVID-delayed 2020 season, head coach Denise Schilte-Brown‘s team finished 10-1-2, with its lone loss on the season coming in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The squad completed a sweep of the conference championships, finishing the season ranked 19th in the coaches poll and 12th in the RPI.
In 2019, the team made history by reaching the third round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, defeating Florida and fourth-seed Washington in the process. The win pushed the team to a No. 20 ranking in the RPI and the team’s highest finish in the United Soccer Coaches Poll at No. 16.
The season prior, South Florida captured the regular-season AAC title with an 8-1 conference record, propelling the team to a 15-4 finish overall. The team reached the second round of the NCAA tournament after defeating UAlbany at Corbett Stadium in the first round. Overall, USF finished with a No. 19 placement in the coaches poll and a No. 16 in the RPI.
In 2017, the team finished with a 13-4-2 record and earned a placement of No. 19 in the final NCAA RPI. The team captured the AAC tournament title after defeating Central Florida on penalty kicks in the championship match and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
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The USF women’s soccer team has posted ten consecutive seasons of 10-plus wins under head coach Denise Schilte-Brown. The Bulls made their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2010 and returned in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. South Florida has five consecutive seasons with a conference championship, earning the tournament title in 2017, 2019 and 2020 as well. as the regular-season title in 2018, 2020 and 2021. The program had its first draft pick and second-highest pick in USF Athletics history with Evelyne Viens being taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft by Sky Blue FC, now Gotham FC.