This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer

Aug. 28, 2002

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The third season of Pac-10 men's soccer kicks off with a new look, as the league adds a sixth team to the mix and gains an NCAA Tournament automatic bid... FRESNO STATE, a member of the Western Athletic Conference, will compete in the Pacific-10 Conference in men's soccer beginning this week... Four Pac-10 teams are ranked among the preseason Top-25: defending Pac-10 Champion STANFORD, which advanced to the 2001 NCAA College Cup, checks in at No. 2/No. 4 followed by No. 12/No. 7 WASHINGTON, No. 13/No. 12 UCLA and NR/No. 22 CALIFORNIA.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Aug. 30
CALIFORNIA vs. Cal State Northridge, 12:30 p.m. (1)
OREGON STATE at Gonzaga, 4 p.m.
UCLA vs. Boston, 5 p.m. (2)
FRESNO STATE at Saint Mary's, 4 p.m.

Sat., Aug 31
STANFORD vs. Sacramento State, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Central Florida, 12 p.m. (3)

Sun., Sept. 1
CALIFORNIA vs. Loyola Marymount, 3 p.m. (1)
UCLA vs. Florida International, 5 p.m. (2)

Mon., Sept. 2
WASHINGTON vs. DePaul, 12 p.m. (3)

Tournaments/Locations
(1) Loyola Marymount Tourn., Los Angeles, Calif.
(2) Cal State Fullerton Titan Classic, Fullerton, Calif.
(3) Portland, Ore.

All times are local to game sites.

PAC-10 COACHES' POLL
STANFORD, which won its first Pac-10 Conference men's soccer title in 2001 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four, has been picked by the Pac-10 men's soccer coaches to repeat as Conference champions.

The Cardinal received 34 points, edging out second place UCLA (21 pts.) by three points. Stanford received four of the first place votes, while the Bruins garnered the other two. Rounding out the poll was WASHINGTON in third place, followed by CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, and Pac-10 newcomer FRESNO STATE.

Stanford won the 2001 Pac-10 Conference championship with a 6-1-1 Pac-10 ledger. Finishing second was UCLA with a 5-2-1 Conference marker. Washington was third with a record of 4-4-0 in Pac-10 play. Stanford, UCLA, Washington and California all entered the NCAA Tournament, with both Stanford and UCLA advancing to the third round, and only Stanford reaching the semifinals.

The following are the results of the Pac-10 Conference preseason men's soccer coaches poll (points 6-5-4-3-2-1) with first place votes in parentheses:

    1.  Stanford (4)    34	2.  UCLA (2)        31	3.  Washington      24	4.  California      18	5.  Oregon State    10	6.  Fresno State     9

MEDIA INFORMATION
This press release, statistics, player of the week release and other pertinent information is available to the media online at www. pac-10.org. A weekly men's soccer release will be posted each Tuesday afternoon. Pac-10 Player of the Week selections will be announced each Tuesday, beginning Sept. 3, while Pac-10 statistics will begin Sept. 10, 2002.

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