Cal Ranked No. 8 in Preseason Poll

Aug. 24, 2009

BERKELEY - California earned a No. 8 ranking in the preseason poll, the Web site announced on Aug. 21. The Golden Bears have also earned a No. 8 preseason ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and College Soccer News and a No. 4 ranking from's preseason poll. The Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll ranked Cal No. 1 in the conference.

St. John's (370 points) earned the nod for the top spot and 2008 NCAA champion Maryland (367) is No. 2 in the rankings. The Bears have 265 points.

Cal opens its 2009 season with two road games - Sept. 4 at Georgetown and Sept. 6 at Maryland.

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