OSU Tabbed For Fifth In Pac-10 Coaches Poll

Aug. 19, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - -

Oregon State was picked to finish fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer coaches poll conducted by the Conference and released Monday. Stanford, which reached the final four in 2001, was picked to repeat as Conference champions.

The Beavers totaled 10 points to edge out Conference newcomer Fresno State, which makes its Pac-10 debut this season.

After Stanford, which garnered four of the six first-place votes and 34 points, UCLA was picked to finish second, tallying two first-place votes and 31 total points. Washington followed with 24 points, then California (18), OSU (10), and Fresno State (9). Stanford, UCLA, Washington and California earned berths in the NCAA Tournament last year.

Points were awarded on a basis of six for a first-place vote, five for second, and so on.

The Beavers return nine of last year's 11 starters, including All-Pac-10 players Aaron McHardy (midfield), Peter Billmeyer (goal) and Kurt Ness (defense). A total of 15 letterwinners return.

The Beavers currently are on a seven-game, 12-day tour of Costa Rica, for which the team did all of the fundraising.

OSU returns to Corvallis on Aug. 26, four days prior to it season-opener at Gonzaga on Aug. 30. The Beavers' home opener is slated for Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. against Cal-Riverside in the fourth annual OSU/Diadora Classic. The tournament continues with a Sunday match against Tulsa at 2 p.m.

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

1. Stanford (4), 34 points

2. UCLA (2), 31

3. Washington, 24

4. California, 18

5. Oregon State, 10

6. Fresno State, 9

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