Women's Soccer Set to Kick Off Season

Aug. 27, 2002

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As the 2002 season gets underway, five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the preseason polls, tying the ACC for the most Top-25 squads in the nation... Defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA checks in at No. 3/No. 9, followed by No. 12/No. 7 STANFORD, No. 15/No. 14 CALIFORNIA, No. 22/No. 12 WASHINGTON and NR/No. 22 ARIZONA STATE... The Cardinal hosts preseason No. 1 and National Champion Santa Clara Friday night in the 'Battle of the Bay,' while USC takes on NCAA runner-up and second-ranked North Carolina Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.... Both ARIZONA and California host tournaments this week.


This press release, statistics, player of the week release and other pertinent information is available to the media online at www.pac-10.org. A weekly women's soccer release will be posted each Tuesday afternoon. Pac-10 Player of the Week selections will be announced each Tuesday, beginning Sept. 3, while Pac-10 statistics will begin Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002.



Nandi Pryce, Jr. D, UCLAHope Solo, Sr. GK, WASH


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)	952.	Stanford (3)	923.	Washington 	684.	Arizona State	655.	California	646.	USC	597.	Oregon State	378.	Washington St.	359.	Oregon	1810.	Arizona 	17


FIRST TEAMAmy LePeilbet	D	Jr.	ASULaura Schott**	F	Sr.	CALHope Solo**	GK	Sr.	WASHSarah-Gayle Swanson	MF	Jr.	UCLAMarcie Ward*	F	Jr.	STANMarcia Wallis	F	Sr.	STAN


Megan Abbamonto MF Jr. USCNandi Pryce D . So. UCLAWhitney Jones MF Jr. UCLAMegan Kakadelas F So. USCMandy Melendez D Sr. OSUMallory Moser GK So. CALAlly Marquand D Jr. STANCallie Withers MF Sr. STANKim Yokers MF Jr. CAL

*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree **three-time All-Pac-10 honoree***four-time All-Pac-10 honoree

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