UCLA, Cal Ranked By College Soccer News
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA and CALIFORNIA enter the 2011 season ranked in the College Soccer News Top 30 Preseason Poll, the publication announced Tuesday. The Bruins are second behind Louisville, last year's national runner-up, while the Golden Bears received a No. 14 ranking.
UCLA returns every starter and point producer from last year's NCAA quarterfinalist team, including the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, midfielder Kelyn Rowe. A member of the Under-20 U.S. National Team, Rowe led the Bruins in assists (10) and ranked second on the squad in points (24) and goals (7). UCLA begins the season on August 27 at Louisville, a rematch of the 2010 NCAA Quarterfinals.
The 2010 Pac-10 Champion, Cal is on the heels of an NCAA Quarterfinal appearance, which matched the 2005 team for the best postseason run in program history. Junior forward John Fitzpatrick, who tied for second on the team in both goals (7) and points (17) last season, looks to be an offensive threat for the Bears again this season. Cal kicks off the 2011 season for Pac-12 teams when it travels to San Francisco on August 26 for the Bay Area Classic.
College Soccer News Top 30 Preseason Poll
3. North Carolina
9. UC Santa Barbara
11. Notre Dame
13. Boston College
17. Ohio State
18, Michigan State
19. Loyola Marymount University
20. Penn State
22. West Virginia
24. Florida Gulf Coast University
25. Wake Forest
26. Old Dominion
28. University of Central Florida