Aug. 16, 2005
Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA, coming off its third consecutive Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer title in 2004, was picked to win a fourth-straight Conference crown in a vote by the league's coaches. The Bruins, who made their 22nd consecutive NCAA tournament appearance last season, received five first-place votes, while Washington received one.
The Bruins received 25 total points, followed by Washington's 19. The Huskies edged out California, who was picked third with 18 points. Stanford tallied 13 points to place fourth, followed by Oregon State with 10. In its first season in the Conference, San Diego State was picked to finish sixth (5 points).
Four-time NCAA champions UCLA advanced to the third round in 2004 before falling to St. John's, 2-1. The Bruins ended the regular season ranked No. 3 in the Soccer America poll and No. 8 in the NSCAA poll. Washington and California tied for second in the Pac-10, also earning NCAA berths.
The Bruins open the 2005 season with an exhibition game against two-time defending NCAA champion Indiana on Friday, Aug. 19 at the IPFW Soccer Showcase in Ft. Wayne, Ind. The UCLA season opener is on Sept. 2 vs. Santa Clara at 5 pm at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium.
Following are the results of the pre-season coaches poll; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses):
1. UCLA (5) - 25
2. Washington (1) - 19
3. California - 18
4. Stanford - 13
5. Oregon State - 10
6. San Diego State - 5