No. 6 Stanford Picked Second in the Pac-10
Aug. 14, 2007
Stanford women's soccer has been picked to finish second in the Pac-10 this season, as voted on by the conference's coaches in the 2007 Pac-10 Preseason poll. Defending conference champion and 2006 national semi-finalist UCLA was picked to win the Pac-10 for the fifth year in a row with five first place votes. Stanford received three first place votes and California earned the final two first place votes.
The Cardinal finished with 72 points, three points shy of first-place UCLA. Last season, Stanford finished third in the conference with a 15-6-2 overall record. The Cardinal and three other Pac-10 teams participated in the NCAA Tournament last year, with all teams advancing to at least the second round.
In the Soccer Buzz Preseason poll released this week, the Cardinal was ranked 6th in the country. The top-30 also featured eight of Stanford's 2007 opponents, including No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Notre Dame. Fellow Pac-10 schools also ranked were USC (No. 14) and Oregon (No. 19). Four other 2007 Cardinal opponents also appeared in the preseason rankings. They included Connecticut (No. 10), Virginia (No. 11), Santa Clara (No. 15) and Rutgers (No. 16). Stanford was also ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA/adidas poll that was released today.
The Cardinal will open the 2007 season against Boston University in the BU Tournament on Friday, August 31st. They will also meet the Connecticut Huskies in the tournament, in a match scheduled for September 2nd.
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