No. 19 Stanford Picked to Finish Third in the Pac-10
Aug. 16, 2006
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford women's soccer has been picked to finish third in the Pac-10 this season, as voted by the conference's coaches in the 2006 Pac-10 Preseason Poll. Defending conference champion and NCAA Finalist UCLA was picked to reclaim the title with seven first-place votes, while Stanford, USC and California each received one top vote.
The Cardinal finished with 63 points, six points shy of second-place California. Last season, Stanford finished fourth in the conference and posted a 10-7-3 overall record. The Cardinal and four other Pac-10 teams participated in the NCAA Tournament last year, with three conference teams advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.
In the Soccer Buzz Preseason Poll released last week, the Cardinal was ranked 19th in the nation. The top-30 also featured six of Stanford's 2006 opponents, including No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Santa Clara. Fellow Pac-10 schools USC (No. 17) and California (No. 30) also appeared in the preseason rankings, as did Cardinal opponents Tennessee (No. 10) and Wake Forest (No. 26).
Stanford will open the 2006 season against the Utah Utes on Friday, August 25 at the Santa Clara/adidas Classic. The Cardinal will also meet the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the tournament, in a match scheduled for Sunday, August 27.
2006 Pac-10 Women's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. UCLA (7) 78
2. California (1) 69
3. Stanford (1) 63
4. USC (1) 62
5. Arizona 49
6. Oregon State 34
Washington State 34
8. Arizona State 23
9. Washington 21
10. Oregon 17