Men's Soccer Picked To Finish Third In Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll

Aug. 17, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Washington men's soccer was picked to finish third in this year's Pac-10 standings according to a vote of the league's coaches, the conference announced Tuesday.UCLA, coming off its second consecutive Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer title in 2003, was picked to win a third straight Conference crown.UCLA received 14 points, edging out California (13 points). The Bruins collected three first-place votes while the Bears received one. The final first-place vote went to Washington, picked third with 10 points. Stanford held fourth position with eight points, followed by Oregon State (five points).A 19-game unbeaten streak highlighted UCLA's Conference title run in 2003, as the Bruins became the first team ever to run the table in Pac-10 play. The 2002 NCAA Champions advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before having their unbeaten streak snapped by eighth-ranked Indiana. Oregon State finished second in the Pac-10 with a 7-3-0 record in Conference play. The Beavers hosted postseason action for the first time in program history, but fell in the first round to Portland. Third-place cohabitants California and Washington (both 5-4-1) also advanced to the NCAA Championship, making 2003 the third straight year in which four Pac-10 teams advanced to the postseason. The Bears reached the second round, losing 2-1 to UC Irvine, while the Huskies advanced to the third round before falling 3-2 in overtime at St. Louis.Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses): 1. UCLA (3) 14
2. CALIFORNIA (1) 13
3. WASHINGTON (1) 10
The Huskies open the 2004 season with an exhibition match on Aug. 23, at Seattle Pacific (7 p.m.). UW's first regular season match takes place on Wed., Sept. 1, at Gonzaga (4 p.m.)

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