Pac-10 Coaches Pick California as 2009 Men's Soccer Preseason Favorite

Aug. 13, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Two points separate the top two teams in the Pac-10 Preseason Men's Soccer Coaches Poll with the CALIFORNIA Golden Bears tabbed as the favorite to win the Pac-10 in a vote by the Conference coaches. This marks the second-straight year Cal has been picked top in the polls, with UCLA winning the vote from 2003-2007.

The Golden Bears, which tallied 24 points and four first-place votes, are coming off a season in which they finished second in the Pac-10 with a 5-2-3 record and 12-4-5 record overall. Last season, they advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, where they fell 2-1 to eventual national champion Maryland.

Five-time and defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA picked up 22 points and two first-place votes to take second place in the preseason poll by only two points. The Bruins, who went 7-1-2 in Conference play last season, earned their 26th-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

STANFORD placed third in the poll after finishing sixth in the Pac-10 in 2008 with a 2-6-2 record in Conference play and posting a 4-11-3 record overall. WASHINGTON was picked fourth with 12 points, and SAN DIEGO STATE followed with nine points and OREGON STATE picked up eight points to come in fifth and sixth, respectively.

The 2009 Pac-10 men's soccer season kicks off on Tues., Sept. 1, as San Diego State, Stanford and Washington all take the field.

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).

2009 Pac-10 Men'sSoccer Preseason Poll
1. California (4) 24
2. UCLA (2) 22
3. Stanford 15
4. Washington 12
5. San Diego State 9
6. Oregon State 8

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