Beavers Picked Fifth In Pac-10 Coaches Poll
Aug. 17, 2004
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - - The Oregon State men's soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the five-team Pacific-10 Conference in the coaches poll released Tuesday.The Beavers, who finished second in 2003 with a 7-3 league mark and a 13-7 overall record, garnered five points in the voting.UCLA was tabbed to win its third consecutive conference crown, claiming 14 points and three first-place votes to edge out California, who received 13 points and one first-place tally.Washington, picked third, also had a first-place vote and 10 points and Stanford was picked fourth with eight points.Last year, the Beavers were picked to finish fifth, but ran off a school-record seven consecutive Pac-10 wins to place second and earn their second straight NCAA Tournament berth. In 2002, OSU was tabbed for fifth, but won a then-school record four Pac-10 games for a fourth-place finish.The Beavers open their 2004 campaign Sept. 1 at Valparaiso.Fresno State had been a member of the Pac-10 in men's soccer for the last two years, but its program was dropped for the 2004 season due to a lack of funding.Points are awarded on a scale of four for a first-place vote, three for second and so on; coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
Poll results (first-place votes in parentheses)1. UCLA (3), 14 points2. California (1), 133. Washington (1), 104. Stanford, 85. Oregon State, 5