Huskies Picked To Finish Second In Pac-10 Coaches Poll

Aug. 16, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - The Washington men's soccer team has been picked to finish second in the 2005 Pac-10 Coaches Poll, the conference announced Tuesday. The Huskies, who tied for second last season, received one first-place vote, while the other five went to UCLA. The Bruins were selected by the coaches to win a fourth-straight Pac-10 crown.

UCLA received 25 total points, followed by Washington's 19. The Huskies edged out California, picked third with 18 points. Stanford, who began the 2004 season with five straight shutouts, tallied 13 points to place fourth, following by Oregon State (10). In its first season in the Pac-10, San Diego State was picked to finish sixth (5).

NCAA Champions in 2002, UCLA advanced to the third round in its 2004 run for the College Cup before falling to St. John's, 2-1. The Bruins ended the regular season ranked No. 3 in the Soccer America poll and No. 8 in the NSCAA poll. Washington and California tied for second in the Pac-10, also earning NCAA berths. The Huskies, who qualified for the NCAA tournament for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons, fell in the first round to Portland, 5-3. California, who hosted first round play for the second straight year, reached the second round before losing to Southern Methodist, 1-0.

The Huskies return 14 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's squad, including All-Pac-10 performers Chris Eylander (Sr, GK), Kevin Forrest (Jr., F), Mike Chabala (Sr., MF) and Ty Harden (Jr., D). Washington makes its 2005 season debut at the Nike Invitational hosted by the University of Portland, Sept. 2 and 4. The Huskies will face Cal Poly Friday, Sept. 2, at 4:30 p.m. and Creighton, Sunday, Sept. 4, at noon.

UW makes its home debut hosting the Husky Invitational, Sept. 23 and 25. Washington will face Wisconsin on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.

Team (first place votes) Points
1. UCLA (5) 25
2. Washington (1) 19
3. California 18
4. Stanford 13
5. Oregon State 10
6. San Diego State 5

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