UCLA Picked To Win Women's Soccer Title
Aug. 19, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Defending Conference Champion UCLA has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Pac-10 women's soccer title in a preseason vote of the head coaches. The Bruins received seven of 10 first-place votes, with STANFORD (3) 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 pts.) and CALIFORNIA (64 pts.).
UCLA set a school single-season record with 20 wins in 2001, compiling an 8-1-0 league mark before beginning its NCAA Tournament run. The Bruins fell one win short of their second consecutive trip to the NCAA College Cup, losing in the quarterfinals to Florida, 1-0 in double overtime. STANFORD and WASHINGTON tied as Pac-10 runners-up with identical 6-2-1 conference records.
Last season, five Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament: CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, and WASHINGTON.
Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1), first place votes in parentheses:
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