Women's Soccer Tabbed To Finish Fourth In Pac-10

Aug. 20, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference by a preseason vote of the head coaches released Monday morning. NCAA runner-up UCLA was selected as the favorite to win the conference.

Just six points separate the second-through fifth-place teams, as the Cardinal finished fourth with 72 points, narrowly edging USC (71 points). The Bruins received eight of the 10 first-place votes, with California (1) and Washington (1) also picking up first-place support.

The Cardinal finished the 2000 season with a 6-3-0 record in the Pac-10, which placed them fourth. 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.

Stanford also received a No. 15 national ranking from the latest NSCAA/adidas Preseason Poll announced August 15. Defending champion North Carolina secures the No. 1 spot, followed by runner-up UCLA. Five Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top-20.

The Cardinal will kick off its 2001 campaign at Florida on September 2. Competition is set for 4 p.m. (EST) at the Percy Beard Stadium.

Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll1. UCLA (8)          972. California (1)    773. Washington (1)    754. Stanford          725. USC               716. Arizona State     517. Washington State  398. Oregon State      289. Arizona           2110. Oregon           19
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