Huskies Projected To Tie For Second In Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll

Aug. 13, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington men's soccer team was projected to tie for second in the 2007 Pac-10 standings according to a preseason poll of the league's coaches, the Pac-10 office announced Monday.

The Huskies, who return nine starters from last year's team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, received 20 points - including a pair of first-place votes - and were predicted to tie for second with California which captured its first-ever Pac-10 title last season. NCAA runner-up UCLA was picked to win the conference crown for the sixth consecutive season.

UCLA (23 votes) received three first-place votes with the remaining first-place tally going to California. Stanford (13 votes) was predicted to finish fourth, followed by San Diego State (nine) and Oregon State (five).

Last season the Pac-10 received four NCAA Tournament berths for the first time since 2003, as California, San Diego State, UCLA and Washington all made their way into the 48-team field. This year, UCLA has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by College Soccer News; Cal, UW and San Diego State also garnered Top-25 billings from the preseason poll.

The Huskies finished fifth in last year's Pac-10 race with a 4-5-1 overall league mark, 13-7-1 overall.

Washington will make its season debut at the Nike Portland Invitational, Aug. 31 and Sept. 2. The Huskies will face New Hampshire and Cal State Bakersfield in the season opening tournament. Among Washington's returners are 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy candidate and 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year Kevin Forrest and three-time All-Pac-10 performer Ely Allen.

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):

2007 Pac-10 Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. UCLA (3 first place votes) 23 points
2. Washington (2) 20 points
2. California (1) 20 points
4. Stanford 13 points
5. San Diego State 9 points
6. Oregon State 5 points

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