Beavers Picked By Coaches To Finish Seventh In Pac-10

Aug. 19, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - -

The Oregon State women's soccer team was tabbed to finish seventh in the Pacific-10 Conference this year in a poll of Conference coaches conducted by the Pac-10 and released Monday.

The Beavers received 37 points and were slated ahead of Washington State, Oregon and Arizona.

Defending champion UCLA received seven of the 10 possible first-place votes and was picked first overall with 95 points. The remaining three first-place votes were given to Stanford, which was second with 92 points.

Washington followed with 68 points, followed by Arizona State (65), California (64), USC (59), Oregon State (37), Washington State (35), Oregon (18), and Arizona (17).

Points were awarded on a basis of 10 for a first-place vote, nine for a second, and so forth.

OSU returns 10 of 11 starters from last year's squad that went 10-8-2. Included among those returning are All-Pac-10 players Mandy Melendez (defense), Morgan Crabtree (midfield), and Katie Henderson (forward).

The Beavers get their season underway with showdowns against Florida State and Wake Forest on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1.

OSU opens its home slate with a 5 p.m. match against Hawaii on Sept. 6 and a 2 p.m. contest against Gonzaga on Sept. 8.

2002 PAC-10 CONFERENCE COACHES POLL (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. UCLA (7), 95

2. Stanford (3), 92

3. Washington, 68

4. Arizona State, 65

5. California, 64

6. USC, 59

7. Oregon State, 37

8. Washington State, 35

9. Oregon, 18

10. Arizona, 17

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