Stanford Picked By Coaches to Win Conference Soccer Title
Aug. 19, 2003
STANFORD PICKED BY COACHES TO WIN PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER TITLE
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- - Defending Conference Champion STANFORD has been voted as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 women's soccer title, according to the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll. The Cardinal received six of 10 first-place votes, just edging UCLA (4) which received the remaining first-place votes.
After finishing seventh last year during the regular season, ARIZONA STATE bounded into the projected third spot for 2003, followed by a pack of three teams separated by just six points: USC, CALIFORNIA, and WASHINGTON.
Last year Stanford advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, losing 4-2 in an overtime shootout to eventual champion Portland. Stanford compiled a league best 27-9-0 overall record, and went 21-2-0 against Conference foes. UCLA finished second in the Conference ending its season with a loss to Texas A & M 3-1 in an overtime shootout.
Six Pac-10 teams competed in the NCAA women's soccer championship last season, tying the ACC for the most teams in the nation: Stanford, UCLA, Washington State, USC, California, and Arizona State.
Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll (points 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1), first place votes are in parentheses:
1. Stanford (6) 772. UCLA (4) 663. Arizona State 614. USC 505. California 486. Washington 447. Washington State 388. Oregon State 259. Arizona 1810. Oregon 13