UW Women Tabbed 7th in Pac-10 Soccer Poll

Aug. 17, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington women's soccer team was picked seventh in the annual Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll released by the conference office.

Defending co-champion UCLA was tabbed as the favorite by the coaches, receiving eight of 10 first-place votes and 80 total points. The Bruins shared the 2004 Pac-10 title with Arizona, both with 6-3 records. UCLA advanced to the NCAA championship game, losing on penalty kicks to Notre Dame.

USC was selected second by the coaches despite not receiving any first-place votes. The Trojans compiled 65 points, one ahead of Stanford which had 64 points and one first-place vote. Last year's other co-champion, Arizona, picked up the other first-place vote. The Wildcats were picked fourth with 55 points.

California was projected fifth with 51 points followed by Arizona State in sixth with 50. The Huskies totaled 33 points to place seventh in the poll, ahead of Washington State (22), Oregon State (20) and Oregon (10). The Ducks are led by first-year head coach Tara (Bilanski) Erickson who prepped at Puyallup High School before lettering four seasons at Washington. She served as an assistant on the Husky staff from 1996-98.

Washington finished third in last year's Pac-10 standings with a 5-3-1 record. The Huskies had a 17-5-1 overall mark in 2004 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time.

The Huskies, who won a Pac-10 championship in 2000, finished in the top half of the conference standings in each of the seven seasons.

Washington's 2005 season begins Aug. 26 at Penn State. The first home action is Sept. 2 against Pacific in the first round of the Husky/Nike Invitational.

Pac-10 Conference Women's Soccer Coaches Poll
(Aug. 17, 2005)

Rank  Team (first-place votes)    Points 1.   UCLA (8)                      80
2. USC 65
3. Stanford (1) 64
4. Arizona (1) 55
5. California 51
6. Arizona State 50
7. WASHINGTON 33
8. Washington State 22
9. Oregon State 20
10. Oregon 10
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