USC Soccer Picked Fourth In Pac-10 Coaches Poll

Aug. 16, 2006

In a tight vote by Pac-10 women's soccer coaches, USC was ranked No. 4 in the Pac-10 Preseason Poll. The Trojans received one less point than No. 3 Stanford in the coaches' poll. Defending conference champion and NCAA finalist UCLA was tabbed the No. 1 team, and California -- last season's second-place finisher in the Pac-10 -- was selected No. 2. USC, which finished out 2005 with a 6-2-1 Pac-10 record to place third in the conference, received one first-place pick and ended with 62 overall points in this season's poll. Stanford was the Pac-10's fourth-place team in 2005, but garnered 63 points to take the edge over the Women of Troy in the 2006 poll. Coming in at No. 5 is Arizona (49 pts) followed by a tie at No. 6 between Oregon State and Washington State (34). In the final three slots are No. 8 Arizona State (23), No. 9 Washington (21) and No. 10 Oregon (17).

In recently released national polls, USC grabbed its highest preseason ranking from SoccerBuzz, which tabbed the Trojans No. 17 - two places higher than Stanford. Soccer America ranked USC at No. 22. So far, USC has been joined by three other Pac-10 teams in the national preseason polls. UCLA has been picked the No. 1 team in the country in both polls, and California and Stanford also appear in the two polls.

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