Bruins Picked to Win Pac-10 Title!

Aug. 20, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--NCAA runner-up UCLA has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer title in a preseason vote of the head coaches. The Bruins received eight of 10 first-place votes, with CALIFORNIA (1) and WASHINGTON (1) also picking up first-place support.

Just six points separate the second- through fifth-place teams, as STANFORD finished fourth with 72 points, narrowly edging USC (71 pts.).

UCLA placed third in the Conference last year, compiling a 6-2-1 league mark before beginning its incredible NCAA Tournament run. The Bruins became the first Pac-10 team to reach the College Cup since Stanford in 1993, falling to North Carolina, 2-1, in the championship game. WASHINGTON captured last year's Pac-10 title with an 8-1 -0 league record, while CALIFORNIA placed second (7-2-0).

Last season, a record seven Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament: ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1), first place votes in parentheses:

 1.	UCLA (8) - 97	2.	California (1) - 77	3.	Washington (1) - 75	4.	Stanford - 72	5.	USC - 71	6.	Arizona State - 51	7.	Washington St. - 39	8.	Oregon State - 28	9.	Arizona - 21	10.	Oregon - 19
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