UCLA Picked To Top The PAC-10 Men's Soccer Charts For Fifth Straight Year
Aug. 14, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The UCLA Bruins, who earned their fourth straight Pac-10 title and 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament berth in 2005, have been chosen to top the Pac-10 charts for the fifth straight year by a vote of the league's coaches. For the second year in a row, the Bruins tallied five first place bids, while WASHINGTON received one.
UCLA garnered 25 points, followed by CALIFORNIA with 19. The Golden Bears slid ahead of Washington in the polls despite a first place nod, as the Huskies earned the third place spot with 16 points. SAN DIEGO STATE nabbed 13 points to place fourth, while OREGON STATE earned 10 points for fifth. STANFORD rounded out the Conference votes with seven, giving the Cardinal the No. 6 slot.
Despite earning a first-round bye and the No. 5 seed in the 2005 postseason, the Bruins were upset in the second round by SMU, 3-0. UCLA finished the season ranked No. 8 in the Soccer America poll and No. 7 in the NSCAA poll. California garnered a second place finish in the Conference and went on to battle it out for the College Cup where it made it to the program's first Elite Eight appearance. The Golden Bears were edged out 1-0 in overtime by New Mexico. San Diego State made its inaugural season in the Pac-10 one to remember as the Aztecs grabbed a spot in the NCAA Tournament, but fell in the first round to UC Santa Barbara, 2-0.
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. California 19 3. Washington (1) 16 4. San Diego State 13 5. Oregon State 10 6. Stanford 7