Coaches Pick UCLA To Win Fifth Straight Pac-10 Women's Soccer Title
Aug. 14, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The UCLA Bruins have been tabbed as the favorite to win the 2007 Pac-10 women's soccer title by the Conference's coaches. UCLA, which reached the national semifinals in 2006, has earned at least a share of the Pac-10 title four consecutive years. The Bruins received 75 points, including five first-place votes. STANFORD and CALIFORNIA earned the remaining first-place votes with three and two, respectively.
Stanford finished second in the poll, garnering 72 points, six ahead of third-place California, which received 66 points. USC held the fourth spot with 58 points, while 2006 Pac-10 runner-up OREGON earned 47 points, good enough for fifth. WASHINGTON STATE finished with 35 points, followed by ARIZONA STATE, which came in seventh with 32 points, and ARIZONA, which grabbed 29 points. WASHINGTON finished ninth in the voting, receiving 27 votes, and OREGON STATE rounded out the poll with nine points.
Last year, the Pac-10 received four bids to the NCAA Tournament, with Conference Champion UCLA advancing to the College Cup for the fourth straight season. The Bruins' run ended when they lost to North Carolina 2-0. Stanford advanced to the third round of the tournament, before falling to Clemson on penalty kicks (4-2), and California and USC made it to the second round before being eliminated. The Pac-10 as a whole posted a 73-35-10 (.661) record against Division I non-conference opponents, including postseason competition. The 2007 Pac-10 season begins Aug. 24, when the California Golden Bears travel to UC Davis. Defending Conference Champion UCLA opens its season Aug. 31 at Houston.
Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses):
2007 Pac-10 Women's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. UCLA (5) 75
2. Stanford (3) 72
3. California (2) 66
4. USC 58
5. Oregon 47
6. Washington State 35
7. Arizona State 32
8. Arizona 29
9. Washington 27
10. Oregon State 9