Huskies Tabbed Sixth in Pac-10 Soccer Coaches Poll

Aug. 21, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington women's soccer team was picked sixth in the annual preseason coaches' poll that was released Tuesday by the Pacific-10 Conference office.

Defending champion Stanford was tabbed as the favorite by the coaches, receiving six first-place votes and 77 total points. The Cardinal won the 2002 conference crown with a perfect 9-0 record and reached the NCAA quarterfinals.

UCLA, last year's runner-up, received the remaining four first-place votes and finished with 66 points.

Arizona State was projected third with 61 points followed by USC in fourth with 50 and California in fifth with 48. The Huskies totaled 44 points to place sixth in the poll, ahead of Washington State (38), Oregon State (25), Arizona (18) and Oregon (13).

Washington finished fifth in last year's Pac-10 standings with a 4-4-1 record. The Huskies had a 9-8-3 overall record, but were not one of the six Pac-10 teams that received NCAA Tournament berths.

UW returns nine starters from last season's team that capped the 2002 campaign with a 5-0 home triumph over postseason-bound USC. The Huskies also defeated NCAA Tournament team California and finished ahead of the Bears and Arizona State, both postseason participants, in the standings.

The Huskies won the Pac-10 championship in 2000 and were runners-up in 2001.

Washington's 2003 season begins with an intra-squad scrimmage on Friday (Aug. 22). Kick-off is 6 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. The exhibition is an opportunity for the 14 returning letterwinners to gain familiarity with the large group of 11 newcomers on the UW roster.

The regular-season schedule begins with a bang as the Huskies host the first-annual Arena Sports Pac-10/ACC Challenge, Aug. 29 and 31 at Husky Soccer Field. The tournament field includes perennial national championship contender North Carolina along with Maryland and Washington State.

The tournament begins, Friday, Aug. 29 when Washington State and North Carolina play at 4:30 p.m. The Huskies and Maryland clash in the nightcap at 7 p.m.

The teams switch opponents on Sunday, Aug. 31 with WSU meeting Maryland at 11 a.m. The Huskies and Tar Heels hook up at 1:30 p.m.

Season tickets and advanced tickets for the tournament can be purchased on-line via the UW web site (www.gohuskies.com) or through the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200).

Pacific-10 Conference Women's Soccer Coaches Poll
(Aug. 19, 2003)

Rank Team (first-place votes)  Points
1. Stanford (6) 77
2. UCLA (4) 66
3. Arizona State 61
4. USC 50
5. California 48
6. WASHINGTON 44 7. Washington State 38
8. Oregon State 25
9. Arizona 18
10. Oregon 13
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