Men's Soccer Picked To Finish Third In Pac-10 Preseason Poll

Aug. 20, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford men's soccer was picked to finish third in the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll, as announced Monday morning.

The Cardinal garnered 17 points and also received one first place vote. Stanford finished last season with an 18-3-1 overall mark, matching the 1998 squad for the most wins in program history. Last year's club, which finished second in the Pac-10 with a 6-2-0 mark, broke nine school single-season records and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Washington, the 2000 Pac-10 champion, tallied 22 points and two first place votes to claim the top spot in the poll. UCLA also received two first place votes and finished with 21 points to earn second place honors. Oregon State and California hold down the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll (points 5-4-3-2-1), first place votes in parantheses:

1. Washington (2)                222. UCLA (2)                      213. Stanford (1)                  174. Oregon State                  85. California                    7

In related news, Stanford will enter the season ranked No. 6 in the NSCAA/adidas preseason poll. Defending national champion Connecticut tops the list, with Creighton, SMU, Indiana and North Carolina rounding out the top five, respectively. The Cardinal ended the 2000 campaign with a No. 6 final ranking, after being tabbed No. 23 in the NSCAA preseason rankings prior to last year.

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