Aug. 14, 2012
Walnut Creek, Calif. - The UCLA men's soccer team was voted as the preseason favorite for the third year in a row to win the 2012 Pac-12 title, as announced by the conference today.
UCLA, the defending Pac-12 champions, received 24 out of the maximum 25 points with four first-place votes. California is picked to finish second with 18 points while Washington is picked to finish third with 17 points. Both schools earned one first-place vote. Rounding out the poll are Stanford (14), San Diego State (11) and Oregon State (6).
The Bruins are coming off their 13th College Cup appearance in 2011 and finished last season with a 18-4-2 record. UCLA also went a perfect 10-0-0 in conference play in 2011, marking the first time that the program has gone undefeated in Pac-12 play since 2003. In the last four seasons, the Bruins have compiled a 30-4-6 conference mark, the best amongst all Pac-12 teams. UCLA also enters this season having won their last 13 Pac-12 matches as they look to earn their eighth conference title.
The second-ranked Bruins begin play on Friday, Aug. 24 at home against No. 6 New Mexico. The match is at 7 pm out at Drake Stadium and will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks. For tickets to all UCLA men's soccer home matches, click here.
2012 Pac-12 Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
1. UCLA (4) - 24 pts.
2. California (1) - 18 pts.
3. Washington (1) - 17 pts.
4. Stanford - 14 pts.
5. San Diego State - 11 pts.
6. Oregon State - 6 pts.