Pac-10 Coaches Predict Golden Bears to Finish Fourth
Aug. 31, 2009
BERKELEY - The California women's soccer team was tabbed to finish fourth in the competitive Pacific-10 Conference, according to a preseason coaches' poll, it was announced recently. The Golden Bears were just three points behind third-place predication USC.
Stanford was predicted to win the conference championship with six first-place votes and 78 total points. UCLA received four first-place votes and 76 points to take second. This is the second straight year that Stanford has been picked to win, with UCLA commanding the poll from 2004-07.
Last season, six teams from the conference advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including Cal. Stanford made it to the NCAA Women's College Cup, losing to Notre Dame, 1-0, in the semifinals. UCLA, the defending Pac-10 champion, also lost in the semifinals, 1-0, to eventual national champion UCLA. UCLA defeated Pac-10 rival USC in the third round.
The 2008 campaign also saw Cal earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for its fifth consecutive and 16th overall trip to the postseason. The Bears fell, 2-1, to No. 7 Florida in Gainesville, Fla., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Washington State also lost in the first round of the tournament.
The 2008 Cal squad recorded the program's 23rd winning season, finishing 10-9-1 overall and going 3-5-1 in Pac-10 play to finish sixth in the competitive league. The team had nine players named to the Pac-10's All-Academic team.
Conference coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses).
Pac-10 Women's Soccer 2009 Preseason Poll
Place Team (1st-place votes) Total Points1. Stanford (6) 782. UCLA (4) 763. USC 614. California 585. Washington 466. Washington State 457. Arizona State 298. Oregon 279. Oregon State 1610. Arizona 14
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