This Week In Pac-10 Women's Soccer

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Aug. 26, 2003

As the 2003 season gets underway, five Pac-10 teams are ranked among the nation's preseason Top-25, led by No. 2/No. 4 STANFORD and No. 3/No. 5 UCLA... ARIZONA STATE is ranked 14th in the Preseason Soccer America Poll, while CALIFORNIA checks in at No. 16 in both Soccer America and the NSCAA/adidas rankings... USC is No. 21/No. 19... Nine of the league's 10 teams see action beginning this weekend, with the Cardinal the lone exception... Tournaments rule the slate in the preseason, with ARIZONA, California, OREGON and WASHINGTON hosting teams this weekend... The Bruins travel to a pair of ranked opponents in No. 4/No. 1 Santa Clara, the national runner-up, and No. 10/No. 13 Pepperdine... USC travels to No. 13/No. 15 Florida State and Florida, while Washington and WASHINGTON STATE meet up with ranked opponents right off the bat as part of the Pac-10/ACC Challenge.


Fri., Aug. 29
Iowa State at ARIZONA, 7:30 p.m. (1)
ARIZONA STATE at Hawaii, 7 p.m. (2)
Wisconsin at CALIFORNIA, 4:30 p.m. (3)
Boise State at OREGON, 7 p.m. (4)
OREGON STATE at San Diego State, 4 p.m.
UCLA at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
USC at Florida State, 2 p.m.
Maryland at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. (5)
WASHINGTON ST. vs. North Carolina, 4:30 p.m. (5)

Sat., Aug. 30
ARIZONA STATE vs. Bowling Green, 7 p.m. (2)

Sun., Aug. 31
Kent State at ARIZONA, 2 p.m. (1)
Montana at CALIFORNIA, 4:30 p.m. (3)
Rice at OREGON, 2 p.m. (4)
OREGON STATE at San Diego, 1 p.m.
Long Beach State at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
UCLA at Pepperdine, 1 p.m.
USC at Florida, 1 p.m.
North Carolina at WASHINGTON, 1:30 p.m. (5)
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Maryland, 11 a.m. (5)

All times are local to game sites.

(1) Arizona Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.
(2) OHANA Hotels and Resorts No Ka Oi Tournament, Honolulu, Hawaii
(3) Cal Invitational, Berkeley, Calif.
(4) UO Tournament, Eugene, Ore.
(5) Pac-10/ACC Challenge, Seattle, Wash.

JR GK Nicole Barnhart, STAN
SR D Nandi Pryce, UCLA
SR D Natalie Spilger, STAN

Points: 34, Melissa Bennett, WASH
Goals: 13, Kelly Nelson, ARIZ
Assists: 18, Melissa Bennett, WASH
Goals Against Average: 0.18, Nicole Barnhart, STAN


ARIZONA: The Wildcats open the 2003 season with a complete coaching staff change during the off-season. Coach Dan Tobias, the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, came to the desert after five years at the helm of the Washington State program. The 'Cats return 16 letterwinners, including nine starters. Lindsey Greenwood is the lone senior on a roster with 17 freshmen and sophomores.

ARIZONA STATE: ASU's third-place selection in the Pac-10 coaches' poll is the highest predicted finish in the eight-year history of the program. The Sun Devils return all 11 starters from last year's team that advanced to the NCAA second round. Under-21 U.S. National Team members Amy LePeilbet and Manya Makoski, along with last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Elizabeth Bogus, will join another strong freshman class that was ranked No. 9 in the country by Soccer America.

CALIFORNIA: Cal opens the 2003 season in pursuit of its sixth consecutive and 11th overall NCAA Tournament bid. The Bears return 18 letterwinners, including eight starters, from last year's team. Six of the returning starters are seniors, led by MF Kimberly Yokers, a 2002 First Team All-Pac-10 and Second Team NSCAA All-West Region honoree. Yokers competed in her second straight Nordic Cup over the summer with the U.S. under-21 national team.

OREGON: The Ducks open their season against Boise State in the first-day nightcap at Pap� Field. Five starters return from 2002: F Kelly Baird, MF Lindsey Werdell, MF Cristan Higa, D Carlie Ashcraft and D Christine Mintz. The leading scorer from 2001, RS SO Nicole Garbin also returns. UO's schedule features nine NCAA qualifiers from last year, including six from the Pac-10 and defending national champion Portland.

OREGON STATE: After a five-game preseason tour of Costa Rica, including two matches against the Costa Rican National Team, Oregon State begins its regular season Aug. 29 at San Diego State. The Beavers return six starters from last year's 9-9-2 squad, as well as 12 letterwinners. SR F/MF Courtney Carter paced the squad in goals (8) and points (19) last season. JR MF Lindsey Beem posted a team high five assists in 2002. OSU compiled a 9-9-2 overall record last year, including a mark of 7-4-0 at Lorenz Field.

STANFORD: First-year Cardinal Coach Paul Ratcliffe, the 2001 West Coast Conference Co-Coach of the Year and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year, takes over a Stanford squad that advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals last year, finishing with a 21-2 overall mark. Ratcliffe spent five seasons at the helm of the Saint Mary's (Calif.) women's soccer team, leading the Gaels to a 55-34-7 overall record, 21-13-1 in WCC action. The defending Pac-10 Champion Cardinal were picked to repeat in the league's preseason coaches poll.

UCLA: The Bruins return nine starters from a squad that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and added their second No. 2-ranked recruiting class in as many years. Leading the forward contingent in 2003 will be the Bruins' top scorer from a year ago, RS JR Lindsay Greco. UCLA opens up Aug. 29 against the 2002 national runner-up and preseason No. 1, Santa Clara. The Bruins are scheduled to face five other teams ranked among the NSCAA preseason top-25, including No. 2 North Carolina, No. 4 Stanford, No. 13 Pepperdine, No. 16 California and No. 19 USC.

USC: Picked to finish fourth in the league in the preseason Pac-10 coaches poll, the Women of Troy return nine starters from last year's squad that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. SR MF Megan Abbamonto, an All-Pac-10 Second Team pick last year, finished with a team second-best 26 shots on goal in 2002. USC begins the regular season on Aug. 29 at Florida State.

WASHINGTON: UW returns 14 letterwinners, including nine starters, from the 2002 squad that capped the season with a 5-0 home victory over postseason-bound USC. All-Pac-10 Second Team forward Melissa Bennett returns for her senior campaign after leading the Pac-10 in points (34) and assists (18) last season. Washington's 2003 season officially begins when it hosts the Arena Sports Pac-10/ACC Challenge Aug. 29 and 31. Joining host UW are North Carolina, Maryland and Washington State, all of which were NCAA Tournament teams.

WASHINGTON STATE: WSU finished its 2002 season with an overall record of 11-7-2 and 5-2-2 in Pac-10 play. The Cougars finished third in the Pac-10 and made their second appearance in three years in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the first round to Pac-10 rival Arizona State. First-year WSU head coach Matt Potter heads into the 2003 season with a Cougar squad that returns nine starters and 21 letterwinners from a year ago.

Defending Conference Champion STANFORD has been voted as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 women's soccer title, according to the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll. The Cardinal received six of 10 first-place votes, just edging UCLA (4) which received the remaining first-place votes.

After finishing seventh last year during the regular season, ARIZONA STATE bounded into the projected third spot for 2003, followed by a pack of three teams separated by just six points: USC, CALIFORNIA, and WASHINGTON.

Last year Stanford advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, losing 4-2 in an overtime shootout to eventual champion Portland. Stanford compiled a league best 21-2-0 overall record, and went 9-0-0 against Conference foes. UCLA finished second in the Conference ending its season with a loss to Texas A & M 3-1 in an overtime shootout.

Six Pac-10 teams competed in the NCAA women's soccer championship last season, tying the ACC for the most teams in the nation: Stanford, UCLA, Washington State, USC, California, and Arizona State.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll (points 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1), first place votes are in parentheses:

	1.	Stanford (6)	77	2.	UCLA (4)	66	3.	Arizona State	61	4.	USC	50	5.	California	48	6.	Washington	44	7.	Washington State	38	8.	Oregon State	25	9.	Arizona	18	10.	Oregon	13


First Team	Pos.	Yr.	SchoolNicole Barnhart	GK	Jr.	STANLiz Bogus	F	So.	ASUWhitney Jones*	MF	Sr	UCLAAmy LePeilbet*	D	Sr.	ASUJill Oakes	M	So.	UCLANandi Pryce*	D	Sr	UCLAMarcie Ward**	F	Sr	STANKim Yokers*	MF	Sr.	CAL

Second Team Pos. Yr. SchoolMegan Abbamonto* MF Sr USCMelissa Bennett F Sr. WASHAllyson Marquand* MF Sr STANManya Makoski F So. ASUIris Mora F So. UCLAKelly Nelson F So. ARIZSarah-Gayle Swanson* F Sr. UCLAKim Taylor F So WASHNicole Wilcox MF Sr. WSU

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

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