Second-Ranked UCLA Picked to Finish First in Pac-12

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.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Tuesday, Aug 18
vs. Mexican U-17 ...
Los Angeles, CA
T, 1 - 1
Saturday, Aug 22
vs. San Francisco
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Aug 29 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. New Mexico
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 04 - 4:00 PM PST
at Maryland
College Park, MD
Monday, Sep 07 - 10:00 AM PST
at Georgetown
Washington, DC
Sunday, Sep 13 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. UC Riverside
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Sep 21 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 25 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. VCU
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 1:30 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Sunday, Oct 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Monday, Oct 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 16 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Oct 19 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 8:00 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 3:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 10:00 AM PST
at Akron
Akron, OH
Friday, Nov 06 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 14 - 7:00 PM PST
at San Diego State
San Diego, CA
Thursday, Nov 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round