Men's Soccer Picked to Repeat as Pac-10 Champions

Aug. 20, 2001

Seattle - The Washington men's soccer team, winners of the inaugural conference championship last year, has been picked to defend its title in 2001 in the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll.

The Huskies, who finished last season with a record of 14-6-0 and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the sixth year in a row, garnered 22 points, narrowly edging second-place UCLA (21 pts.). The Huskies and Bruins received two first-place votes each, while Stanford yielded the other. Oregon State finished fourth in the poll and California was fifth.

Washington won the 2000 Pac-10 title with a 7-1-0 league mark last season. Stanford finished second at 6-2-0, while UCLA compiled a 3-5-0 league record to finish third. The Huskies, Bruins and Cardinal all advanced to theNCAA Tournament. Stanford and Washington reached the second round, with the Cardinal advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Here are the results of the preseason coaches' poll (points 5-4-3-2-1), first place votes in parentheses:
1. Washington (2) 22
2. UCLA (2) 21
3. Stanford (1) 17
4. Oregon State 8
5. California 7

Washington also received notice in the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association) Division I preseason poll, checking in at No. 12. Defending national champion Connecticut, whom the Huskies meet Sept. 1 in Storrs, Conn., holds the top spot. Creighton, Southern Methodist, Indiana and North Carolina round out the top five. Washington meets Indiana, the final four team that knocked the Huskies out of the NCAA tournament last year, in its third game of the season, at the adidas Invitational in Portland, Sept. 8.

Washington, currently on a six-game tour through England, opens the 2001 season versus Fairleigh Dickinson, Aug. 31 in Storrs., Conn.

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