Huskies Picked #1 In Pac-12 Preseason Poll
SEATTLE - After winning their third Pac-12 title in 2019, the Washington Huskies were tabbed as the favorite to repeat in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches' Poll. This is the first time that Washington has been picked to win the Pac-12 in the preseason poll. Washington finished with 22 points in the poll and led the Pac-12 with three first-place votes.
The Huskies won the Pac-12 last season, the third title in program history and the second under Jamie Clark. They would advance to the NCAA quarterfinals as well. Washington starts the 2021 season today as they host Northwest University at 6:00 pm.
Washington returns two players who scored five or more goals in 2019 in Lucas Meek and Gio Miglietti, as well as six who recorded multiple assists. Also back in goal is the trio of Sam Fowler, Andrew Morrison, and Jacob Castro, who helped the Huskies recorded a 0.66 GAA as a team last year. Fowler's 0.62 GAA was second among freshmen in the nation in 2019.
Meek, Dylan Teves, and Imanol Rosales all had at least five assists in 2019 and are back this year, with Christian Soto close behind with four assists. Five players who started at least ten games in 2019 return, led by Charlie Ostrem, who was the only Husky to start all 21 games in 2019.
In addition to the first-place finish in the Pac-12 preseason poll, the Huskies were picked eighth in the College Soccer News preseason poll.
Washington- 22 points (3 first-place votes)
Stanford- 21 points (1)
Oregon State- 19 points (2)
UCLA- 12 points
California- 11 points
San Diego State- 5 points
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