Aug. 14, 2006
UCLA, which earned its fourth straight Pac-10 title and 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament berth in 2005, has been chosen to top the Pac-10 charts for the fifth straight year by a vote of the league's coaches. For the second year in a row, the Bruins tallied five first place bids, while Washington received one.
UCLA garnered 25 points, followed by California with 19. The Golden Bears slid ahead of Washington, who received one first place vote and a total of 16 points. San Diego State nabbed 13 points to place fourth, while Oregon State earned 10 points for fifth. Stanford rounded out the Conference votes with seven, giving the Cardinal the No. 6 slot.
The Bruins advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and finished the season ranked No. 8 in the Soccer America poll and No. 19 in the NSCAA/adidas poll. California recorded a second place finish in the Conference and went on to the program's first Elite Eight appearance. The Golden Bears were edged out 1-0 in overtime by eventual finalist New Mexico. San Diego State made its inaugural season in the Pac-10 one to remember as the Aztecs grabbed a spot in the NCAA Tournament but fell in the first round to UC Santa Barbara, 2-0.
Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses):
2006 Pac-10 Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. UCLA (5), 25
2. California, 19
3. Washington (1), 16
4. San Diego State, 13
5. Oregon State, 10
6. Stanford, 7