Reigning SEC Tournament champion Tennessee soccer picked to win SEC in coaches' poll

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After winning its first SEC Tournament since 2008, Tennessee soccer is the SEC coaches' favorite to win the league title again in 2022.

The SEC announced the preseason coaches' poll on Tuesday, two days ahead of the season opener. After UT, Arkansas, South Carolina, Auburn and Alabama round out the projected top 5.

Five SEC teams are in the United Soccer Coaches preseason rankings or receiving votes. Arkansas is No. 8, Tennessee is No. 11, South Carolina is No. 12, Ole Miss is No. 18 and Auburn is receiving votes. Despite finishing third in the league last season, Ole Miss is projected to finish ninth in the SEC.

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Tennessee was projected to finish fifth in the league last season, and the Lady Vols finished second in the SEC behind the Razorbacks, who they beat in the tournament final. Though UT was faced with a coaching change this spring, it returns 10 of 11 starters while bringing in the No. 6 freshman class in the country.

Arkansas won a program-best nine SEC games last season en route to its third straight regular season title. The Razorbacks have 24 SEC wins over the last three seasons, the most of any league team over the same span.

South Carolina returns 22 players from the 2021 team that finished fourth in the SEC and made it to the NCAA quarterfinals. The Gamecocks will start the season against No. 1 ranked reigning champion Florida State, which is now led by former Tennessee coach Brian Pensky.

SEC Preseason coaches' poll

1. Tennessee

2. Arkansas

3. South Carolina

4. Auburn

5. Alabama

6t. Georgia

6t. Vanderbilt

8. Texas A&M

9. Ole Miss

10. LSU

11. Mississippi State

12. Kentucky

13. Missouri

14. Florida

Cora Hall: Covering UT women's athletics
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