Aug. 16, 2011
In a polling of the Pac-12 Conference's men's soccer head coaches, seven-time champion UCLA has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the title in 2011.
The Bruins, who were picked preseason No. 1 for the second consecutive year, received the maximum amount of points (25) with five first-place votes. Defending champion California earned the other first-place vote and is picked to finish second (21 points). Rounding out the poll are Washington (16), San Diego State (13), Stanford (10) and Oregon State (5).
UCLA is coming off a second consecutive NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance and finished the 2010 season with a 16-5-1 record, including an 8-2-0 record in conference play. In the last three seasons, the Bruins have compiled a 20-4-6 conference mark, the best amongst the Pac-12 teams.
The Bruins begin play on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Louisville.
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).
2011 Pac-12 Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
1. UCLA (5) - 25 pts.
2. California (1) - 21
3. Washington - 16
4. San Diego State - 13
5. Stanford - 10
6. Oregon State - 5