Cardinal Picked To Finish Fourth In Pac-10

Aug. 17, 2004

Walnut Creek, CA - The Stanford men's soccer team was picked to finish fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference in the pre-season coaches' poll. The Cardinal, who finished sixth in the conference last season, ranked behind UCLA, California,and Washington in in this year's poll.

Stanford claimed its first-ever Pac-10 title in 2001, and made the first of two consecutive trips to the College Cup. The Cardinal finished sixth in Pac-10 play last season, marking the first time that a Stanford squad had finished below third since conference play began in 2000.

The Cardinal begin the 2004 campaign with a pair of exhibitions games at Maloney Field against Chico State (Monday, 7pm) and Sonoma State (Thursday, 7pm) next week.

The two-time defending Pac-10 Champion Bruins received 14 points, edging out California (13 points). UCLA collected three first-place votes, while the Bears received one. The final first-place vote went to Washington, picked third with 10 points. Stanford held fourth position with eight points, followed by Oregon State (five points). A 19-game unbeaten streak highlighted UCLA's Conference title run in 2003, as the Bruins became the first team ever to run the table in Pac-10 play. The 2002 NCAA Champions advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before having their unbeaten streak snapped by eighth-ranked Indiana.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses).

Pac-10 Pre-Season Coaches' Poll
1. UCLA (3), 14 points
2. CALIFORNIA (1), 13
3. WASHINGTON (1), 10
4. STANFORD, 8
5. OREGON STATE, 5

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