This Week in Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Aug. 29, 2007
Fri., Aug. 31
Utah at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Idaho State vs. ARIZONA STATE, 5 p.m. (1)
Columbia at (18/17/20/19) CALIFORNIA, 4:30 p.m. (2)
(nr/nr/nr/19) OREGON at Nevada, 7 p.m. (3)
(9/13/5/6) STANFORD at Boston University, 7 p.m. (4)
(3/3/1/2) UCLA at Houston, 7 p.m. (5)
Weber State at (25/21/nr/nr) USC, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. (nr/nr/25/30) 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 (18/17/20/19) CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m. (2)
(nr/nr/nr/19) OREGON vs. Boise State, 11 a.m. (3)
(9/13/5/6) STANFORD vs. (16/16/15/10) Connecticut, 12 noon (4)
(3/3/1/2) UCLA vs. (9/8/9/9) Texas, 7 p.m. (5)
(25/21/nr/nr) USC at UC Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at UW-Milwaukee, 1 p.m. (6)
Mon., Sept. 3
OREGON STATE at (4/4/7/4) Portland, 2:30 p.m.
all times are local to game site
(1) UNLV Tournament; Las Vegas, Nev.
(2) Cal Invite; Berkeley, Calif.
(3) Nevada Tournament; Reno, Nev.
(4) Boston Terrier Invitational; Boston, Mass.
(5) Houston Tournament; Houston, Texas
(6) Milwaukee Cup; Milwaukee, Wis.
LAST WEEK'S EXHIBITION RESULTS
Fri., Aug. 24
UC Davis 1, CALIFORNIA 0 (exh)
WASHINGTON STATE 4, Idaho 0 (exh)
goals: Bemis (2), Dallstream, Stolz
Sat., Aug. 25
WASHINGTON 4, British Columbia 1 (exh)
goals: Bridges, Beal, Own Goal, Kirk
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Pac-10 women's soccer officially kicks off this weekend as nine teams take to the field Fri., Aug. 31, one on Sat., Sept. 1 ... A few games against ranked teams are on the docket as WASHINGTON faces (nr/nr/25/30 Marquette in its season-opener on Friday at the Milwaukee Cup ... STANFORD faces (16/16/15/10) Connecticut on Sun., Sept. 2 at the Boston Terrier Invitational, while UCLA will takes on (9/8/9/9) Texas at the Houston Tournament and OREGON STATE plays (4/4/7/4) Portland on Mon., Sept. 3 ... Speaking of nationally-ranked teams, the Pac-10 comes into the season with five of its 10 teams in the preseason polls, including the Bruins who lead the way with the No. 1 position in the TopDrawer poll ... The Pac-10 placed four players on SoccerBuzz' preseason All-America Elite-18 list, including three forwards from the Bruin squad ... Making the list were SR F/MF Danesha Adams, SO F Lauren Cheney and JR F Christina DiMartino ... From the Cardinal roster, SR D Rachel Buehler, a 2006 National Player of the Year finalist, also made the preseason cut ... Only the ACC (5) and the Big 12 (4) had at least four players on the Elite-18 squad ... The Pac-10 has loads of potential this season as it sent four teams to NCAA postseason play in 2006, and returns six of its first team All-Pac-10 performers and 11 of its second team All-Pac-10 performers ... Five squads are coming off of double-digit win seasons, including UCLA (21), Stanford (15), CALIFORNIA (12), OREGON (12) and USC (11) ... The league is also coming off a season in which it shined in non-conference play, totaling a record of 73-35-10 (.661) against all Division I opponents ... Look for strong offensive play as the Conference returns most of its Top-10 leaders in shots and goals ... Cheney finished with a 0.90 goals per game to rank atop the league as a freshman, followed closely by teammate Adams who topped out with a 0.63 average through 19 games ... Defensively, look for the Pac-10 to pick up right where it left off last season as three teams finished the year ranked nationally in shutout percentage, including USC (ninth), Stanford (10th) and California (24th).
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.
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