Stanford Tabbed To Finish Second In Pac-10

Aug. 19, 2002

Walnut Creek, Calif. - The Stanford women's soccer team has been picked to finish second in the Pacific-10 Conference preseason vote of the head coaches, while defending conference champion UCLA has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Pac-10 Title. The Bruins received seven of the 10 first-place votes, while the Cardinal (3) was the only other team to garner first-place support.

Just four points separate the third through fifth-place teams, with Washington rounding out the top three with 68 points, narrowly edging ASU (65) and California (64).

Last season, five Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament. California, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington all made the postseason.

Stanford finished the 2001 season with a 15-4-2 overall record and tied Washington for second place in the conference with a 6-2-1 mark. The Cardinal advanced to the Third Round of the NCAA Women's College Cup and achieved the program's highest ranking (No. 2) in October.

With nine starters returning and 18 letterwinners from last year's squad, the 2002 Cardinal look to advance to the postseason for the fifth straight year and 12th time in the last 13 seasons. Stanford will be led by a core of experienced seniors in Kelsey Carlson, Katherine Harrington, Becky Myers, Marcia Wallis and Callie Withers that have combined to play in 299 games over the last three years.

The Cardinal will kick off their 2002 campaign against defending national champion Santa Clara on Friday, August 30. Competition is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. UCLA (7) -- 95
2. Stanford (3) -- 92
3. Washington -- 68
4. Arizona State -- 65
5. California -- 64
6. USC -- 59
7. Oregon State -- 37
8. Washington State -- 35
9. Oregon -- 18
10. Arizona -- 17

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