Soccer Picked Third in the Pac-10 Race

Aug. 18, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. -- For the second straight year, the Arizona State women's soccer team has been tabbed to finish third in the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference race in a preseason vote of the head coaches. The Sun Devils also received one first-place vote for the first time in school history and was only two points shy of second place. This year's third place selection along with last year's selection is the highest predicted finish in the nine-year history of the program.The Sun Devils, under fourth year head coach Ray Leone, return nine starters from last year's team that finished a school-record second in the Pac-10 race and advanced to the NCAA second round. Under-21 U.S. National Team member Manya Makoski, along with arguably the two top junior college players (Katie Leahy and Juanita Lawson) will join another strong freshman class that includes 2004 McDonald's All-Americans Alissa Oldenkamp and Kira Sarkisian.Arizona State begins the 2004 season on Friday, August 27 in Tallahassee, Florida against Florida State at 7:00 p.m. (eastern time). The Sun Devils first home match will be on Friday, September 10 against Notre Dame at 7:00 p.m.Five Pac-10 teams competed in the NCAA women's soccer championship last season: UCLA, Arizona State, Stanford, USC, and Washington.Here are the complete results of the preseason coaches' poll (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1), first place votes in parentheses:1. UCLA (7) 75 2. Stanford (2) 67 3. Arizona State (1) 65 4. Washington 55 5. USC 52 6. California 50 7. Arizona 29 8. Oregon State 25 9. Washington State 21 10. Oregon 11

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