UCLA Picked to Capture Fourth Straight Pac-10 Men's Soccer Title

Aug. 16, 2005

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA, coming off its third consecutive Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer title in 2004, was picked to win a fourth straight Conference crown by a vote of the league's coaches. The Bruins, who made their 22nd consecutive NCAA tournament appearance last season, received five first-place votes, while WASHINGTON received one.

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, followed by OREGON STATE (10). In its first season in the Conference, 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.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses):

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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