UCLA Picked 2011 Preseason Favorite
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - In a polling of the Conference's men's soccer coaches, UCLA was selected as the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 in 2011. The Bruins, searching for their seventh title overall, received 25 points and all five possible first-place votes. CALIFORNIA was picked to finish second and WASHINGTON rounded out the top three in the coaches' poll.
UCLA is coming off an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance and finished the 2010 season with a 16-5-1 record. The Bruins return all 11 starters from last year, including College Soccer News Preseason First Team All-American, sophomore mid-fielder Kelyn Rowe. Cal, the 2010 Pac-10 Champion, garnered 20 points and one first-place vote to place second in the poll. The Golden Bears matched the program's best postseason run by advancing to the quarterfinals and look to reload after losing six starters to Major League Soccer.
Washington, under the direction of first-year head coach Jamie Clark, was tabbed third with 16 points after finishing third in the conference last year with a 5-5-0 record (11-6-1 overall). SAN DIEGO STATE was picked fourth with 13 points while STAN-FORD received 10 points for fifth. OREGON STATE picked up five points to round out the poll.
The 2011 Pac-12 season opens August 26-28.
|Men's Soccer Preseason Poll|
|Team (1st place votes)||Points|
|1. UCLA (5)||25|
|2. California (1)||21|
|4. San Diego State||13|
|6. Oregon State||5|