UW Women Tabbed Ninth in Pac-10 Soccer Coaches Poll
Aug. 14, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington women's soccer team was picked ninth in the annual preseason coaches' poll that was released Tuesday by the Pacific-10 Conference office.
Defending conference champion UCLA, a national semifinalists in 2006, was tabbed as the favorite by the coaches. The Bruins received five first-place votes and 75 total points.
UCLA won last year's Pac-10 title with an 8-1 record. They were joined in the NCAA Tournament by Stanford, USC and California.
Stanford received three first-place votes and was picked second in the conference with 72 points. California was selected third with 66 points, including the remaining two first-place votes.
USC was projected fourth with 58 points followed by Oregon in fifth with 47, Washington State in sixth with 35, Arizona State in seventh with 32 and Arizona in eighth with 29.
The Huskies totaled 27 points to place ninth in the poll, ahead of Oregon State which had nine points.
'That's fine with us,' exclaimed UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We haven't proven the last two years that we deserve a higher ranking, but this season will be our turnaround year.'
Washington returns eight starters from last year's team that posted a 7-12-1 record. UW finished eighth in last year's Pac-10 standings with a 2-6-1 mark.
The Huskies seek to stop a two-year absence from the NCAA Tournament. Their last postseason appearance was 2004 when they advanced to the quarterfinals.
Washington's 2007 season begins with an exhibition game against British Columbia, Saturday, Aug. 25. Kick-off is 2 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.
Pacific-10 Conference Women's Soccer Coaches Poll
(Aug. 14, 2007)
Rank Team (first-place votes) Points
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
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