Women’s soccer coaches tab Stanford as 2015 favorite
SAN FRANCISCO - STANFORD was voted by the league’s coaches to win the 2015 Pac-12 women’s soccer crown, the Conference office announced on Monday. The league coaches picked UCLA to finish second behind the Cardinal, followed by USC and CALIFORNIA in a tie for third.
The Cardinal are coming off a trip to the NCAA Women's College Cup in 2014 and a second-place finish in the Pac-12 standings. Stanford's appearance in the Women's College Cup marked the 20th by a Pac-12 team and the seventh by the Cardinal, tied for the sixth-most national semifinal appearances by a school in the country. In the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason rankings, Stanford is third overall. The MAC Hermann Trophy preseason watch list has two Cardinal players on it, senior goalkeeper Jane Campbell and sophomore midfielder Andi Sullivan. The Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete.
UCLA, the defending Pac-12 Champions, finished atop a league that sent nine teams to the NCAA Tournament last year, advancing to the regional finals. They are sitting at No. 4 in the NSCAA preseason rankings and have a representative on the Hermann Trophy preseason watch list as well in senior forward Taylor Smith.
California advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th-consecutive time last season, and looks to extend its streak in 2015. The Bears sit in the 18th spot in the NSCAA preseason rankings. Last year, USC made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in since 2010, after finishing in fourth place overall in the Conference standings.
ARIZONA STATE weighed in at fifth in the polling, while COLORADO was slated at sixth overall, with WASHINGTON (20th in the NSCAA rankings) holding the seventh spot and ARIZONA at eighth. WASHINGTON STATE is ninth, with UTAH sitting in 10th, OREGON and OREGON STATE rounded out the poll at 11th and 12th, respectively.
The 2015 Pac-12 women’s soccer season is set to kick off Aug. 21 with all 12 teams in action. Like last year, the league will receive unprecedented coverage with 69 games set to be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks, including 24 non-conference games to begin the year. For more information, including a composite schedule, visit www.pac-12.com.
2015 Pac-12 Women's Soccer Coaches Poll
Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points: 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses).