Five Pac-10 Women's Soccer Squads Ranked in NSCAA Preseason Poll

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Five Pac-10 squads were ranked in the top 25 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) pre-season poll, announced today. Co Two Pac-10 teams were picked in the top five with Stanford tabbed second and UCLA picked third. Stanford finished the 2009 season as the national runner-up, losing to eventual National Champion North Carolina, who was picked first in the poll.

The Cardinal and the Tar Heels will meet in a rematch on August 27 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Bruins saw their 2009 season come to an end in the NCAA College Cup semifinals to Stanford. In what is also likely to be a big matchup in Pac-10 competition, the Cardinal and Bruins matchup on October 10 in Los Angeles, Calif.  
 
Other Pac-10 teams in the rankings included California at No. 14, USC in the 19th spot and Washington State rounded out the Pac-10 picks at No. 21. Also receiving votes were Oregon State and Washington. All the Pac-10 squads recognized in the poll represented the Conference in the NCAA Tournament last year.

The Pac-10 women's soccer schedule gets underway with non-conference tilts beginning August 20.



Rank      School     2009 Finish 2009 Record 
    1. North Carolina 1 23-3-1 
    2. STANFORD  2 25-1-0 
    3. UCLA     3 21-3-1 
    4. Notre Dame 4 21-4-1 
    5. Portland 5 21-2-0 
    6. Florida State 6 19-5-1 
    7. Boston College 7 18-4-2 
    8. Texas A&M 13 15-7-3 
    9. Santa Clara 10 14-7-2 
   10. Wake Forest 8 16-6-2 
   11. Florida 15 16-6-2 
   12. South Carolina 9 19-4-2 
   13. Penn State 2 13-6-2 
   14. CALIFORNIA RV 11-9-1 
   15. Virginia Tech 12 16-8-0 
   16. Maryland 11 14-6-2 
   17. Virginia 19 10-6-6 
   18. Rutgers 16 14-4-4 
   19. USC     24 12-6-3 
   20. Wisconsin RV 10-6-5 
   21. WASHINGTON STATE 18 14-6-2 
   22. BYU     20 18-4-2 
   23. Oklahoma State RV 15-7-2 
   24. West Virginia RV 10-7-6 
   25. Central Florida 17 17-5-1



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