Aug. 24, 2009
BERKELEY - California earned a No. 8 ranking in the SoccerTimes.com preseason poll, the Web site announced on Aug. 21. The Golden Bears have also earned a No. 8 preseason ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and College Soccer News and a No. 4 ranking from TopDrawerSoccer.com's preseason poll. The Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll ranked Cal No. 1 in the conference.
St. John's (370 points) earned the nod for the top spot and 2008 NCAA champion Maryland (367) is No. 2 in the SoccerTimes.com rankings. The Bears have 265 points.
Cal opens its 2009 season with two road games - Sept. 4 at Georgetown and Sept. 6 at Maryland.