UW Women Tabbed Third in Pac-10 Soccer Coaches Poll

Aug. 19, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington women's soccer team was picked third in the annual preseason coaches' poll that was released Monday by the Pacific-10 Conference office.

Defending champion UCLA was tabbed as the favorite by the coaches, receiving seven first-place votes and 95 total points. The Bruins won the 2001 conference crown with an 8-1 record and reached the NCAA quarterfinals.

Stanford received the remaining three first-place votes and finished with 92 points, just three behind the Bruins. The Huskies totaled 68 points to place third in the poll, ahead of Arizona State (65), California (64), USC (59), Oregon State (37), Washington State (35), Oregon (18) and Arizona (17).

Washington and Stanford tied for second place in last year's Pac-10 standings with matching 6-2-1 records. Five Pac-10 teams competed in the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

Washington returns 10 starters from last season's team that registered a 13-5-2 record and advanced to the second round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. UW, which won the 2000 Pac-10 championship, participated in the postseason following six of the last eight seasons.

The Huskies open their 2002 at home against Arkansas on Friday, Aug. 30. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.

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

Rank   Team (first-place votes)   Points
1. UCLA (7) 95
2. Stanford (3) 92
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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