Bruins Start the Year at No. 5 Nationally

Aug. 19, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's soccer team debuted at No. 5 in the NSCAA/adidas 2003 Preseason Poll released Tuesday. Santa Clara, the national runner-up a year ago and the team UCLA opens up against on Aug. 29, is ranked No. 1.

In addition to Santa Clara, the Bruins are scheduled to face five other teams ranked among the preseason top-25, including No. 2 North Carolina, No. 4 Stanford, No. 13 Pepperdine, No. 16 California and No. 19 USC.

Also released Tuesday was the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll, where the Bruins were picked to finish second with four first-place votes. Defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford led the list with six first-place votes.

NSCAA/adidas Preseason Top-251. Santa Clara2. North Carolina2. Portland4. Stanford5. UCLA6. Texas A&M7. Penn State8. UConn9. Texas10. Notre Dame11. Virginia12. Nebraska13. Pepperdine14. Tennessee15. Florida State16. California17. Michigan18. West Virginia19. USC20. Clemson21. Florida22. SMU23. Maryland24. BYU25. Purdue

Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll1. Stanford (6)2. UCLA (4)3. Arizona State4. USC5. California6. Washington7. Washington State8. Oregon State9. Arizona10. Oregon

*First-place votes in parenthesis

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