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 6-2-1 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 St. - 39 8. Oregon State - 28 9. Arizona - 21 10. Oregon - 19