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NCAA Feb 05, 2021

Pac-12 men’s soccer preseason poll revealed, with Washington at No. 1

SAN FRANCISCO – Defending Conference champion WASHINGTON is the coaches’ preseason favorite in the coming Pac-12 Men’s Soccer season, to be played in the winter and spring of 2021.

The Huskies, who won their first Pac-12 Championship since 2013 during the most recent 2019 campaign, received 22 points including three first-place votes in a close vote among the top half of the league.

Washington narrowly edged STANFORD, which finished with 21 points including one first-place vote. The Cardinal were selected as the preseason coaches’ favorite prior to the previous three seasons, and made it to the semifinals of the 2019 Men’s College Cup. OREGON STATE received 19 points including the remaining two first-place votes to take third in the poll.

UCLA (12 points), CALIFORNIA (11 points) and SAN DIEGO STATE (five points) rounded out the poll.

Non-conference play kicks off this week, while Conference competition opens on Saturday, Feb. 20 with all Pac-12 programs in action. For more information, including television schedules, please visit pac-12.com.

All men’s soccer matches will be conducted in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee health and safety recommendations and guidelines, available at Pac-12.com/health.

The following are the results of the preseason coaches’ poll. Five points are awarded for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote, three for a third-place vote, etc. First-place votes are in parentheses. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.

2020 PAC-12 MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES POLL (Winter/Spring 2021)

Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. WASHINGTON (3) 22
2. STANFORD (1) 21
3. OREGON STATE (2) 19
4. UCLA 12
5. CALIFORNIA 11
6. SAN DIEGO STATE 5

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