Husky Men Picked Third in Pac-10 Soccer Coaches Poll

Aug. 19, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington men's soccer team was predicted to repeat its third-place Pac-10 finish of a year ago in a poll of the conference coaches released Monday.

Stanford, which won its first Pac-10 men's soccer title in 2001 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four, was picked first in the coaches poll. The Cardinal received four first-place votes and 34 total points, edging UCLA's 31-point total. Washington had a third-place total of 24 points, followed by California (18), Oregon State (10) and Fresno State (9).

The Bruins, who garnered the remaining two first-place votes, were runners-up in the 2001 Pac-10 race. Stanford finished atop the standings last season with a 6-1-1 conference record, UCLA was second at 5-2-1 and the Huskies placed third with a 4-4-0 ledger.

Washington returns six starters from last season's team that posted a 13-6 record and advanced to the second round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. UW earned postseason invitations in each of the last seven seasons.

The Huskies begin the 2002 season on Aug. 25 with an exhibition game against the University of British Columbia at 2 p.m. in Blaine, Wash. The regular season begins with a pair of games in Portland, Ore.; Aug. 31 against Central Florida and Sept. 2 against DePaul.

The home opener is Friday, Sept. 6 against Santa Clara. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.

Pacific-10 Conference Men's Soccer Coaches Poll
(Aug. 19, 2002)

Rank Team (first-place votes)     Points
1. Stanford (4) 34
2. UCLA (2) 31
4. California 18
5. Oregon State 10
6. Fresno State 9
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