Aug. 20, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--NCAA runner-up UCLA has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer title in a preseason vote of the head coaches. The Bruins received eight of 10 first-place votes, with California (1) and Washington (1) also picking up first-place support.
Just six points separate the second- through fifth-place teams, as Stanford finished fourth with 72 points, narrowly edging USC (71 pts.).
UCLA placed third in the Conference last year, compiling a 7-2-0 league mark before beginning its incredible NCAA Tournament run. The Bruins became the first Pac-10 team to reach the College Cup since Stanford in 1993, falling to North Carolina, 2-1, in the championship game. Washington captured last year's Pac-10 title with an 8-1-0 league record, while California placed second (7-2-0).
Last season, a record seven Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament: Arizona State, California, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.
Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll (points
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1), first place votes in parentheses:
1. UCLA (8) 97 2. California (1) 77 3. Washington (1) 75 4. Stanford 72 5. USC 71 6. Arizona State 51 7. Washington State 39 8. Oregon State 28 9. Arizona 21 10. Oregon 19
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