UCLA, Washington tabbed in NSCAA preseason rankings
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA and WASHINGTON received more preseason accolade, earning top-25 spots in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) preseason college rankings, the organization announced today. The Bruins weighed in at ninth overall and the Huskies are ranked No. 23. STANFORD also received votes.
Defending Pac-12 Champion UCLA returns six starters from last year’s squad under Pac-12 Coach of the Year Jorge Salcedo, including first-team All-Pac-12 honorees Leo Stolz and Reed Williams. The Bruins enter the season slated seventh overall in College Soccer News’ preseason poll, which was announced last week. UCLA’s recruiting class was ranked No. 1 by College Soccer News, as well.
Washington welcomes 12 newcomers to its roster, led by Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year Cristian Roldan. Veterans for the Huskies include first-team All-Pac-12 senior goalkeeper Spencer Richey, who was also a second-team TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season honoree. UW earned a No. 23 preseason ranking by College Soccer News.
Both teams, along with the other four Pac-12 men’s soccer teams, will kick off the 2013 season on Aug. 30-Sept. 1. UCLA opens their season with a road trip to Notre Dame and Indiana, while Washington hits the road to take on Gonzaga. Pac-12 men’s soccer will receive extensive coverage as the Pac-12 Networks will air 28 men’s soccer matches this season.
2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire Preseason Rankings
- North Carolina
- Notre Dame
- New Mexico
- Coastal Carolina
- Saint Louis
- San Diego
- Wake Forest
- Virginia Commonwealth
Also receiving votes: Fairleigh Dickinson 53, Xavier 46, St. John's 40, UC Santa Barbara 26, Old Dominion 22, UMBC 12, South Florida 11, Northeastern 7, Kentucky 6, Michigan 4, SIU-Edwardsville 4, CSU Northridge 3, STANFORD 2, Elon 2, Bradley 2