Cal Tied for No. 10 in NSCAA/adidas Preseason Poll

Aug. 15, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - Coming off its best postseason showing in 17 years, the California women's soccer team is tied for 10th with Boston College in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Preseason Top 25 Poll and was chosen to finish second in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll. Both polls were released today.

Cal posted a 16-4-2 record in 2005 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. The Bears ended the season ranked No. 9 in the final NSCAA poll and placed second in the Pac-10 with their best-ever mark of 7-1-1.

Defending NCAA champion Portland earned the top spot in this year's NSCAA Preseason Poll, followed by NCAA-runner-up UCLA, Penn State, North Carolina and Notre Dame. In addition to Cal and UCLA, Arizona (17th) is also ranked from the Pac-10.

Defending 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 garnered seven first-place votes, while Cal, Stanford, and USC each received one, respectively. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.

UCLA, which has topped the preseason poll in seven out of the last eight years, tallied 78 points, slipping by Cal, which came in second with 69 points. Stanford garnered 63 points to barely edge out USC (62) for the third and fourth spots, respectively. Arizona received 49 points, leaving Oregon State and Washington State to battle it out for the No. 6 slot with 34 points apiece. Arizona State nabbed 23 points to slide ahead of Washington with 21, while Oregon grabbed 17 points to round out the Conference votes.

Cal opens the 2006 season at the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis. The Bears face Indiana Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m. CT and Wisconsin Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. CT.

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