Stanford Third in Men's Pac-10 Soccer Poll

Aug. 13, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - Pacific-10 Conference coaches predicted a Stanford third-place finish in the men's soccer race, according to a poll released Wednesday.

However, the Cardinal did receive one first-place vote, and totaled 17 points. Each of the six head coaches had one vote, and coaches could not vote for their own team, creating a 5-4-3-2-1 scoring system.

The Cardinal, which finished in a three-way tie for second in the Pac-10 last year, finished 7-6-5 overall last season and 2-2-1 in conference play.

California was picked first (24 points) and received four first-place votes, with second-place UCLA (20) also having a first-place vote. Stanford opens its conference season Oct. 3 at Washington, and later plays UCLA and Cal in back-to-back home matches, Oct. 12 and 18.

The Cardinal opens its season Aug. 30 at San Jose State (7 p.m.) and plays its home opener Sept. 7 against Cornell (1 p.m.).

The following is the 2008 Pac-10 preseason men's soccer coaches' poll:

1. California (4) 24; 2. UCLA (1) 20; 3. Stanford (1) 17; 4. Washington 13; 5. San Diego State 11; 6. Oregon State 5.

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