Aug. 22, 2000
Walnut Creek, CA - UCLA has been picked as the favorite to win the first Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer title by the head coaches as the inaugural season approaches kickoff.
The Bruins, who are ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA pre-season poll, garnered four of the five first-place votes, while Washington, the two-time defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) champions, took the other. Stanford shared second place with Washington, as each took in 18 points. California and Oregon State close out the poll with nine and six, respectively.
Last season, UCLA, Stanford and Washington went on to compete in the NCAA Tournament, with the Bruins advancing all the way to the semifinals.
UCLA opens the regular season on Friday, Sept. 1 vs. Butler at the Indiana adidas Classic. The Bruins begin Pac-10 play on Oct. 8 at Stanford.
Following are the results of the pre-season coaches poll (points 5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):
1. UCLA (4) - 24 2t. Stanford - 18 2t. Washington (1) - 18 4. California - 9 5. Oregon State - 6