UCLA ranked number two in preseason poll

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA garnered a No. 2 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason coaches poll, the NSCAA announced Tuesday. The Bruins are the lone Pac-12 team in the national top-25. CALIFORNIA was listed among those receiving votes.

UCLA returns five starters from last year's NCAA semifinal and Pac-12 championship team. The Bruins return All-Pac-12 honorees senior midfielder Ryan Hollingshead and senior defender Matt Weit. Hollingshead is the top returning scorer with 13 points last year.

UCLA begins its season live on Pac-12 Networks on August 24 at home versus No. 6 New Mexico . The Bruins will be featured on Pac-12 Networks 12 times this season with 28 total live men's soccer contests shown on the networks.

2012 NSCAA Preseason Poll
1. North Carolina
2. UCLA
3. Creighton
4. Connecticut
5. South Florida
6. New Mexico
7. Louisville
8. Charlotte
9. Maryland
10. Akron
11. UC Santa Barbara
12. Indiana
13. UC Irvine
14. Boston College
15. St. John's
16. SMU
17. Coastal Carolina
18. Saint Mary's (Calif.)
19. James Madison
20. Northwestern
21. UAB
22. Brown
23. Old Dominion
24. Furman
25. Bradley

Also receiving votes: Virginia, Rutgers, Duke, Wake Forest, CALIFORNIA, Monmouth, West Virginia, Central Florida, William & Mary, Xavier, Cal State Bakersfield, Northern Illinois, South Carolina

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