Aug. 19, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--UCLA, which won its first Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer title and fourth NCAA championship in 2002, has been picked by the league's coaches to defend its Conference crown this season.

UCLA received 24 points, edging out last year's NCAA runner up, STANFORD (22 points). The Bruins received four first-place votes while the Cardinal collected the other two. Rounding out the poll was CALIFORNIA in third place, followed by WASHINGTON, OREGON STATE, and FRESNO STATE.

UCLA won the 2002 Pac-10 Championship with a record of 8-2 in Conference games. California finished second with a Pac-10 record of 6-3-1. Stanford was third followed by Oregon State, Washington, and Fresno State, respectively. Aside from UCLA and Stanford, both California and Oregon State advanced to the 2002 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins and the Cardinal reached the College Cup, soccer's version of the Final Four, where UCLA claimed the national title by defeating Stanford 1-0.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses):

	1. 	UCLA (4) 	24	2. 	STANFORD (2) 	22	3.  	CALIFORNIA 	16	4. 	WASHINGTON 	12	5.  	OREGON STATE 	11	6.  	FRESNO STATE 	 5
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