UCLA Picked by Coaches to Win Pac-10 Women's Soccer Title
Aug. 16, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- Defending co-Conference champion UCLA has been voted as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 women's soccer title, according to the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll. The Bruins received eight of 10 first-place votes as STANFORD (1) and ARIZONA (1) received the remaining first-place nods.
Ending the season at an even .500 (9-9-1), USC tallied 65 points to place second. Just five points separate the fourth- through sixth-place teams as Arizona was tabbed to finish fourth with 55 points, sliding by CALIFORNIA (51 pts.) and ARIZONA STATE (50 pts.).
Last year UCLA advanced to the NCAA Finals, losing in double overtime 1-1 (4-3 on penalty kicks) to Notre Dame. The Bruins tied for the league championship with Arizona, each compiling a 6-3 league record. Arizona earned its first-ever share of the Pac-10 title and set a school record for wins on the season. WASHINGTON finished third in the Conference, ending its season with a 3-1 loss to Princeton in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship.
Five Pac-10 teams competed in the NCAA women's soccer championship last season: UCLA, Arizona, Washington, Stanford, and California.
Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first place votes are in parentheses):
1. UCLA (8) 802. USC 653. Stanford (1) 644. Arizona (1) 555. California 516. Arizona State 507. Washington 338. Washington State 229. Oregon State 2010. Oregon 10