Aug. 19, 2003
Washington State University's women's soccer team was predicted to finish seventh in the 2003 conference standings by a preseason vote of the Pacific-10 Conference soccer coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.
WSU finished its 2002 season with an overall record of 11-7-2 and 5-2-2 in Pac-10 play. The Cougars finished third in the Pac-10 and made their second appearance in three years to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the first round to Pac-10 rival Arizona State 2-1.
First-Year WSU head soccer coach Matt Potter, along with first-year assistants Pete Leebrook and Lindsey Jorgensen head into the 2003 season with a Cougar squad that returns nine starters and 21 letter winners from the 2002 squad.
Picked to finish first in the Pac-10 is Stanford with 77 points and six of ten first-place votes, followed by UCLA with 66 points and the remaining four first-place votes.
Six Pac-10 teams competed in the NCAA women's soccer tournament last season, tying the ACC for the most teams in the nation: Stanford, UCLA, Washington State, USC, California and Arizona State.
Pac-10 Coaches Poll Standings
1. Stanford 77 2. UCLA 66 3. Arizona State 61 4. USC 50 5. California 48 6. Washington 44 7. Washington State 38 8. Oregon State 25 9. Arizona 18 10. Oregon 13