Men's Soccer Tabbed Third In Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll

Aug. 14, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - The Washington men's soccer team was projected to finish third in the 2006 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll, the conference office announced Monday.

The four-time defending conference champion UCLA Bruins were tabbed to repeat their title, followed by California and Washington. UCLA received five first-place votes while the Huskies earned one. San Diego State was picked to finish fourth, with Oregon State and Stanford to round out the conference in that order.

In 2005, UW finished fifth in the conference with a 3-5-2 record, but culminated the season with the third most wins overall at 10-7-2 and fourth highest overall winning percentage (.579). Washington returns 11 letterwinners and seven starters from that squad and welcomes eight newcomers including three transfers.

Leading the way for the Huskies will be returning all-conference players Ty Harden, Kevin Forrest and Ely Allen. Harden is a central midfielder, a two-year captain and three-time All-Pac-10 honoree. Junior forward Forrest, a 2004 first-team All-Pac-10 pick, returns to active duty this year after redshirting 2005 with an injury. Junior forward Allen is a two-time all-conference player and was the Pac-10's Freshman of the Year in 2004.

The Huskies will make their season debut at home hosting UC Davis, Friday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.

Tickets for all Husky home matches are on sale now either online at or by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200. Tickets may also be purchased at the field on game day. Individual tickets prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children/seniors and $2 for groups of 15 or more purchased in advance.

A general admission season pass is also available that provides admission throughout the year to volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, baseball, softball and non-conference women's basketball games. Prices for the season pass are $35 for adults, $25 for children and $75 for a family of four.

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).

Team (First place votes) Points

1. UCLA (5) 25
2. California 19
3. Washington (1) 16
4. San Diego State 13
5. Oregon State 10
6. Stanford 7

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