Women's Soccer Tabbed Early Favortie for 2004 Pac-10 Title

Aug. 17, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Defending Conference champion UCLA has been voted as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 women's soccer title, according to the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll.

The Bruins received seven of 10 first-place votes as STANFORD (2) and ARIZONA STATE (1) received the remaining first-place votes. Just five points seperate the fourth- through sixth-place teams as WASHINGTON tabbed fourth with 55 points, sliding by USC (52 pts.) and CALIFORNIA (50 pts.). Last year UCLA advanced to the NCAA College Cup, losing 3-0 in the semifinals to eventual champion North Carolina. The Bruins compiled a league best 20-2-3 overall record, and went 8-0-1 against Conference foes. Arizona State finished second in the Conference, ending its season with a 1-0 loss to Santa Clara in the third round of the NCAA Championship.

Five Pac-10 teams competed in the NCAA women's soccer championship last season: UCLA, Arizona State, Stanford, USC, and Washington.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first place votes are in parentheses):

1. UCLA (7) 75
2. Stanford (2) 67
3. Arizona State (1) 65
4. Washington 55
5. USC 52
6. California 50
7. Arizona 29
8. Oregon State 25
9. Washington State 21
10. Oregon 11

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