Bears Picked 11th in NSCAA Preseason Poll

Aug. 15, 2007

Berkeley - The California men's soccer team was selected 11th in the NSCAA's preseason national rankings. The Golden Bears, who look to defend their 2006 Pac-10 Championship this year, were the second highest Pac-10 team in the poll. UCLA, last season's NCAA finalist, was ranked second.

Besides the Bruins, Cal will square off against three other ranked opponents in 2007 - No. 6 Santa Clara, No. 18 Washington and No. 20 Towson. Reigning national champion UC Santa Barbara was picked No. 1 in the poll.

In addition, Cal and Washington tied for second in the Pac-10 preseason poll, with UCLA selected No. 1. The Bruins received 23 points, including three first-place votes, followed by Cal and Washington at 20 points. The Bears earned one first-place vote. Stanford garnered 13 points to claim fourth place, while San Diego State earned nine points for fifth. Oregon State rounded out the poll, receiving five points.

The Bears open their season against the University of San Diego on Friday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m. in San Diego. The home opener for Cal will be the following week, as the Bears will be joined by Stanford, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic. Cal will face Penn at Edwards Stadium Friday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. and Wisconsin Sunday, Sept. 9, at 1:30 p.m.

2007 Pac-10 Mens Soccer Preseason Poll

1.UCLA (3) 23
(t)2.California (1) 20
(t)2. Washington (2) 20
4. Stanford 13
5. San Diego State 9
6.Oregon State 5

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