Aug. 16, 2005
BERKELEY - The California men's soccer team has been picked to finish third in the 2005 Pac-10 coaches' poll, the conference announced Tuesday. The Golden Bears, who tied for second in last year's league standings, trail only UCLA, which is predicted to win its fourth consecutive Pac-10 title, and Washington.
UCLA received 25 total points, followed by Washington's 19. The Huskies edged out Cal, which was picked third with 18 points. Stanford tallied 13 points to place fourth, followed by Oregon State (10). In its first season in the Pac-10, San Diego State was chosen to finish sixth (5).
The Bears return 18 lettermen and six starters from last year's squad that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, including All-Pac-10 senior forward Calen Carr, senior goalkeeper Eric Kronberg and senior forward Pieter Berger. Cal makes its 2005 season debut at the UCSB adidas Classic hosted by UC Santa Barbara Sept. 2 and 4. The Bears will face UCSB on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and UC Riverside on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m.
2005 PAC-10 COACHES POLL
Team Points 1. UCLA (5) 25 2. Washington (1) 19 3. California 18 4. Stanford 13 5. Oregon State 10 6. San Diego State 5
First-place votes in parentheses