This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer

Aug. 22, 2007

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Fri., Aug. 24
CALIFORNIA at UC Davis, 11 a.m. (exh)
Idaho at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m. (exh)

Sat., Aug. 25
British Columbia at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m. (exh)

Fri., Aug. 31
Utah at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Idaho State vs. ARIZONA STATE, 5 p.m. (1)
Columbia at CALIFORNIA, 4:30 p.m. (2)
OREGON at Nevada, 7 p.m. (3)
STANFORD at Boston University, 7 p.m. (4)
UCLA at Houston, 7 p.m. (5)
Weber State at USC, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Marquette, 8:15 p.m. (6)
WASHINGTON STATE at Montana, 4 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 1
Cal State Northridge at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 2
ARIZONA at Cal Poly, 1 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at UNLV, 1:30 p.m. (1)
Colorado College at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m. (2)
OREGON vs. Boise State, 11 a.m. (3)
STANFORD vs. Connecticut, 12 noon (4)
UCLA vs. Texas, 7 p.m. (5)
USC at UC Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at UW-Milwaukee, 1 p.m. (6)

all times are local to game site

Tournament Key
(1) UNLV Tournament; Las Vegas, Nev.
(2) Cal Invite; Berkeley, Calif.
(3) Nevada Tournament; Reno, Nev.
(4) BU Tournament; Boston, Mass.
(5) Houston Tournament; Houston, Texas
(6) Milwaukee Cup; Milwaukee, Wis.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Let the games begin ... The 2007 Pac-10 women's soccer exhibition season begins Fri., Aug. 24 when CALIFORNIA heads to UC Davis to take on the Aggies and WASHINGTON STATE hosts Idaho ... On Sat., Aug. 25, WASHINGTON will warm up with a contest against British Columbia ... Five Pac-10 teams come into the season ranked in one of the top four national polls ... UCLA was tabbed as a preseason No. 1 by TopDrawer soccer, and also placed in as the No. 2 team in the nation by Soccer Buzz ... Joining the Bruins in the preseason rankings are: California (as high as No. 18, NSCAA), OREGON (as high as No. 19, Soccer Buzz), STANFORD (as high as No. 5, TopDrawer) and USC (as high as No. 25, NSCAA) ... The Conference posted a 73-35-10 (.661) record against Division I non-conference opponents last season, including postseason competition ... The Bruins captured their fourth-straight Pac-10 title, coming up just one win shy (21) of tying their own Conference record for wins in a season ... The Pac-10 returns six players from its 2006 All-Pac-10 first team, including the 2006 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, UCLA SO F Lauren Cheney ... Cheney, SR F/MF Danesha Adams and JR F/MF Christina DiMartino, all of whom are All-American teammates and MAC Hermann Trophy candidates, are three of the biggest offensive threats in the nation ... ARIZONA STATE, California and USC all have new coaches at the reigns, but not all are new to the Conference ... Kevin Boyd, former head coach for the Bears, takes over at the helm of the Sun Devil program, while seven-year veteran Neil McGuire will head up the Cal team ... Ali Khosroshahin leads the Women of Troy, having spent the last six seasons just 45 minutes away on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.

COACHES PICK UCLA TO WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER TITLE

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.

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 Poll1. 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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