Huskies Tabbed To Finish Fourth In Pac-10 Preseason Poll

Aug. 13, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington men's soccer team was predicted to finish fourth in this season's Pac-10 standings according to a vote of the league's coaches the conference office announced, Wednesday.

California, coming off back-to-back Pac-10 championships, was picked to win a third-straight crown, followed by UCLA, Stanford, the Huskies, San Diego State and Oregon State. Cal received four first-place votes with the other two going to UCLA and Stanford.

Washington was one of three Pac-10 squads to earn a spot in last year's NCAA Men's Soccer Championship, advancing as far as the second round for the second-straight season. The Huskies compiled an overall record of 9-8-4 and finished fifth in the league with a 3-4-3 tally.

The Huskies return 14 letterwinners and nine starters from last year's squad, including 2007 All-Pac-10 players George John (first-team), Raphael Cox (second-team) and Casey Cunningham (honorable mention).

Washington, which began its fall training camp on Wednesday, will make its season debut at the Nike Portland Invitational versus Fairleigh Dickinson (Aug. 29) and NCAA semifinalist Virginia Tech (Aug. 31). The Huskies will host a pair of exhibition contests before they head to Portland, entertaining Seattle University on Fri., Aug. 22 (7 p.m.) and the Seattle Sounders on Wed., Aug. 27 (7 p.m.).

Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parenthesis):

2008 Pac-10 Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. California (4) 24 points
2. UCLA (1) 20
3. Stanford (1) 17
4. Washington 13
5. San Diego State 11
6. Oregon State 5

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