Preseason girls soccer rankings: Defending champions on top

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Grandview is the No. 1 team in the 5A preseason girls soccer rankings. (Tim Visser/TimVisserPhotography.com)

The defending girls soccer champions will go into the 2016 season still standing tall.

Grandview, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Academy and Vail Mountain will start the season ranked No. 1 in the CHSAANow.com girls soccer polls.

Grandview stormed through the Class 5A state tournament last year, shutting out their opponents every game en route to the state title.

The Wolves too eight of the 11 first-place votes, with the other three going to Broomfield. The Eagles will start the season as the No. 2 team in the state.

Seven of the eight teams from last year's state quarterfinals all debuted in this year's preseason rankings.

Cheyenne Mountain capped off the 2015 season with their third-straight 4A state championship. They narrowly edged Lewis-Palmer in the title game.

The Rangers come in at No. 2 to start the year, getting four first-place votes, one shy of the number that the Indians received.

Colorado Academy earned the top ranking in 3A after winning the second of its back-to-back championships in 2015.

Kent Denver came in right behind the Mustangs, taking three first-place votes in the process.

The Academy (No. 3) was the only other team to take a first-place vote.

In 2A, Vail Mountain came away with the classification's first state title and according to the voters, is the favorite to take the championship this season. They received five first-place votes while the Dawson School (No. 2) took one.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. During the regular season, they are released each Monday.

Complete rankings for all classes are below.

CHSAANow.com Girls Soccer Polls

Voted upon by coaches and select media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

Coaches and media members looking to vote should email rcasey@chsaa.org.

Go to: 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A

Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Grandview (8) 0-0-0 103
2 Broomfield (3) 0-0-0 99
3 Mountain Vista 0-0-0 76
4 Cherry Creek 0-0-0 60
5 Columbine 0-0-0 51
6 Pine Creek 0-0-0 50
7 ThunderRidge 0-0-0 33
8 Ralston Valley 0-0-0 20
9 Monarch 0-0-0 16
10 Rock Canyon 0-0-0 14
Others receiving votes:
Chaparral 13, Arapahoe 11, Cherokee Trail 11, Legacy 9, Fairview 7, Regis Jesuit 7, Fossil Ridge 6, Smoky Hill 5, Doherty 4, Heritage 3, Liberty 3, Chatfield 2, Rocky Mountain 2.

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Cheyenne Mountain (5) 0-0-0 90
2 Lewis-Palmer (4) 0-0-0 86
3 Evergreen (1) 0-0-0 69
4 Windsor 0-0-0 45
5 Valor Christian 0-0-0 44
6 The Classical Academy 0-0-0 41
7 Ponderosa 0-0-0 33
8 Standley Lake 0-0-0 26
9 Wheat Ridge 0-0-0 21
10 Air Academy 0-0-0 20
Others receiving votes:
Battle Mountain 20, Discovery Canyon 11, Littleton 9, Mullen 8, Palmer Ridge 8, Green Mountain 5, D'Evelyn 4, Pueblo Centennial 4, Centaurus 2, Niwot 2, Denver South 1, Holy Family 1, Steamboat Springs 1.

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Colorado Academy (7) 0-0-0 103
2 Kent Denver (3) 0-0-0 97
3 The Academy (1) 0-0-0 90
4 Jefferson Academy 0-0-0 64
5 Peak to Peak 0-0-0 62
6 Frontier Academy 0-0-0 50
7 SkyView Academy 0-0-0 36
8 St. Mary's 0-0-0 32
9 Sterling 0-0-0 22
10 Liberty Common 0-0-0 17
Others receiving votes:
Lutheran 12, Fountain Valley 8, Middle Park 6, Coal Ridge 3, Faith Christian 3.

Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Vail Mountain (5) 0-0-0 29
2 Dawson (1) 0-0-0 24
3 Front Range Christian 0-0-0 19
4 Cornerstone Christian 0-0-0 10
5 Denver Christian 0-0-0 4
Others receiving votes:
Colorado Rocky Mountain 1, Evangelical Christian 1, Resurrection Christian 1, Rocky Mountain Lutheran 1.