Huskies Picked Third in Pac-10 Women's Soccer Poll

Aug. 23, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington women's soccer team, which won the conference championship last season, was selected third in the annual preseason coaches' poll released by the Pacific-10 Conference.

The league's 10 coaches picked UCLA as the favorite to win the title, giving the Bruins eight first-place votes. The defending champion Huskies received one first-place vote as did last year's Pac-10 runner-up, California.

UCLA received 97 votes, followed by California (77), Washington (75), Stanford (72), USC (71), Arizona State (51), Washington State (39), Oregon State (28), Arizona (21) and Oregon (19).

The conference coaches were not very accurate last season when they also projected the Bruins in the top spot. Washington won the Pac-10 championship after tying for fifth-place in the 2000 preseason poll.

The Huskies are coming off the finest season in their 11-year history, posting an 18-3 record. They won their first ever Pac-10 championship and received the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Washington advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time before falling 1-0 to eventual Final Four qualifier Portland.

A record seven Pac-10 teams earned NCAA Tournament invitations last season, the most of any conference in the country. UCLA, which finished third in the Pac-10 standings, advanced to the NCAA championship game before losing 2-1 to North Carolina.

The Huskies' 2001 season begins with an intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday (Aug. 25). Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. Washington begins regular-season play on Sept. 1 at Utah State.

2001 Pac-10 Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
(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 State 39
8. Oregon State 28
9. Arizona 21
10. Oregon 19
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