Cal Picked Sixth In Pac-12 Preseason Poll
SAN FRANCISCO – Cal women's soccer was selected sixth in the 2021 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll that was released by the conference office on Wednesday.
The Bears are coming off a 5-7-1 season, which included exclusively games against Pac-12 opponents. Cal had numerous highs during the 2020 campaign, which was played during the spring of 2021. Cal defeated Stanford, 1-0, on the road. Cal also claimed wins over USC and UCLA during the 2019 season, meaning the Bears have beaten each of the top three teams in the poll over the past two seasons.
Cal returns 10 starters and 21 of the 24 players that played minutes for the squad last season. The Bears also welcome the top-ranked recruiting class in the country as 14 freshmen enrolled at Cal this summer, many of whom have played in international tournaments.
Angelina Anderson was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the year during the 2019 season and followed that with an All-Pac-12 performance during the 2020 season. Emma Westin and Emily Smith return for a fifth season after both were named to the All-Pac-12 third team last season.
The Pac-12 Conference features some of the top teams in the country as the conference has boasted the National Champion in five of the past 10 years.
Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll
1. UCLA (7) - 116
2. USC (3) - 110
3. Stanford (2) - 106
4. Washington - 85
5. Washington State - 71
6. California - 68
7. Arizona State - 63
8. Colorado - 56
9. Oregon - 40
10. Arizona - 31
11. Utah - 30
12. Oregon State - 16
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