UCLA men's soccer voted preseason favorite in coaches poll

Scott Chandler/UCLA Athletics

SAN FRANCISCO - UCLA was selected in a poll of the Conference’s six men’s soccer coaches as the preseason favorite to capture the 2014 Pac-12 title, the Conference announced today.  The Bruins received four first-place votes and earned 24 points.

WASHINGTON and STANFORD were separated by a single point as the Huskies came in second with one first place vote and 19 points and the Cardinal in third with one first place vote and 18 points.  CALIFORNIA came in at fourth with 15 points while SAN DIEGO STATE finished with eight points just ahead of OREGON STATE who tallied six points and placed sixth in the poll.

UCLA is looking for their ninth overall Conference title under the direction of head coach Jorge Salcedo.  The Bruins finished the 2013 season 12-3-5 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Division I Tournament. The Bruins return a lineup that features All-American, Pac-12 Player of the Year and Conference leading goal-scorer Leo Stolz, as well as team captain GK Earl Edwards Jr., who was between the posts for all 20 matches last season and recorded seven shutouts. 

All six Pac-12 men’s soccer teams will kick off the 2014 season on Aug. 29-31. Pac-12 men’s soccer will receive extensive coverage as the Pac-12 Networks will broadcast 33 men’s soccer matches this season. For more information and to view the 2014 television schedule, visit www.pac-12.com

2014 Pac-12 Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll

Place School Points  
1 UCLA (4) 24  
2 Washington (1) 19  
3 Stanford (1) 18  
4 California 15  
5 San Diego State 8  
6 Oregon State 6  

Parentheses indicate first-place votes.

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