Three Pac-12 Teams Ranked in Preseason Poll

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Three Pac-12 teams are ranked in the first National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coaches Poll of the season that was released on Tuesday, including two ranked in the top-10. Four-time defending Pac-12 Champion STANFORD, voted No. 2 in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, garnered another No. 2 ranking in the NSCAA poll, while league favorite UCLA will start the year ranked No. 5, returning 9 starters from a team that advanced to the Elite 8 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. CALIFORNIA represents the third Pac-12 team in the preseason national rankings at No. 20. 

The Cardinal return six starters from a 2012 team that went 21-2-1 and reached the NCAA College Cup before suffering an overtime loss to eventual champion North Carolina. 2012 Pac-12 Conference runner-up UCLA will boast a lineup that includes five 2012 all-Conference selections, including two-time All-Conference performer and All-American defender Abby Dahlkemper. California, picked by the Conference coaches to finish behind the Bruins and the Cardinal, will have reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Ifeoma Onumonu leading their attack in 2013. 

The 2013 season kicks off August 23-25. The Pac-12 Networks will televise 58 live women’s soccer contests kicking   off with the August 23 matchup of Northeastern at No. 5 UCLA at 6 p.m. PT.

2013 NSCAA Preseason Poll
1. North Carolina
2. STANFORD
3. Florida State
4. Penn State
5. UCLA
6. BYU
7. Duke
8. Virginia
9. Florida
10. Notre Dame
11. San Diego State
12. Texas A&M
13. Baylor
14. Marquette
15. Wake Forest
16. Santa Clara
17. Maryland
18. Georgetown
19. Michigan
20. CALIFORNIA
21. UCF
22. Portland
23. Ohio State
24. Texas Tech
25. Denver
Also receiving votes: Tennessee, Pepperdine, Illinois, West Virginia, Boston College, USC, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Miami (Ohio), Missouri, Stephen F. Austin, Kentucky, LSU, Dartmouth, Arizona State    
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