UCLA Picked Second In Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll
Aug. 13, 2009
Two points separate UCLA from California in the Pac-10 Preseason Men's Soccer Coaches Poll, with the defending Pac-10 champion Bruins totaling 22 points to finish second in the voting behind California, which had 24 points. Cal was the preseason No. 1 pick in 2008 as well but finished second to UCLA in the conference standings.
The Bruins received two first-place votes and 22 points overall, while Cal had four first-place votes and 24 points. Rounding out the poll are No. 3 Stanford (15), No. 4 Washington (12), No. 5 San Diego State (9) and Oregon State (8).
UCLA went 7-1-2 in Conference play last season to win its fifth Pac-10 team title and earn its 26th-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins return eight starters from last year's squad, including 2008 Pac-10 Player of the Year Michael Stephens.
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's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
1. California (4) - 24
2. UCLA (2) - 22
3. Stanford - 15
4. Washington - 12
5. San Diego State - 9
6. Oregon State - 8