Coming off of an excellent junior season, Christina Bellero has been selected to the preseason All-Big East team, the conference announced Thursday.

A 2017 second team All-Big East selection, Bellero registered a team-high 17 points in 2017, tallying a team-high seven goals and tie for eighth in the conference. Bellero dished out three assists for the second most on the team.

Last season, the Melville, N.Y., native scored three game-winning goals for the Red Storm in matches against the University of Connecticut, Creighton University and Seton Hall University.

The preseason All-Big East team was announced in conjunction with the annual preseason coaches’ poll, which saw Georgetown selected as the favorite after claiming back-to-back regular season championships.

The Hoyas (81 points) also found themselves mentioned in the United Soccer Coaches’ preseason poll, ranked at No. 22. Butler (72) followed in conference standings in second place, while Marquette (59), Providence (55) and DePaul (52) rounded out the top half of the league. The Johnnies came in sixth with 38 points followed by Xavier (34), Villanova (31), Creighton (18) and Seton Hall (10).

St. John’s will play one more exhibition match before the start of the 2018 regular season, traveling to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Lehigh University at 6 p.m. Thursday. The regular season will kick off on Aug. 16, as the Johnnies travel to Tennessee for a meeting with the Volunteers at 7 p.m.

Big East preseason offensive player of the year

Paige Monaghan, Butler, Sr., F*

Big East preseason defensive player of the year

Meaghan Nally, Georgetown, Jr., D

Big East preseason goalkeeper of the year

Arielle Schechtman, Georgetown, Grad., GK

Preseason All-Big East Team^

Paige Monaghan, Butler, Sr., F*
Annika Schmidt, Butler, R-Jr., D
Franny Cerny, DePaul, Sr., F*
Amanda Carolan, Georgetown, Sr., F
Caitlin Farrell, Georgetown, Sr., F
Meaghan Nally, Georgetown, Jr., D
Arielle Schechtman, Georgetown, Grad., GK
Carrie Madden, Marquette, R-Sr., F*
Katie Day, Providence, Sr., D
Kayla Steeves, Providence, Sr., M
Christina Bellero, St. John’s, Sr., F
Samantha Dewey, Xavier, R-Jr., F
^extra player added due to a tie in voting
*unanimous selection

Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll
(first-place votes in parantheses)

Georgetown (9) 81
Butler (1) 72
Marquette 59
Providence 55
DePaul 52
St. John’s 38
Xavier 34
Villanova 31
Creighton 18
Seton Hall 10