Aug. 10, 2007
IRVINE, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer received a pair of first-place votes and was picked to finish in a tie for second in the Big West Conference, according to the nine head coaches in their annual preseason poll.
The Long Beach State women's soccer team received five first place votes and was the choice to win the 2007 Big West championship. The 49ers, which posted a 14-5-1 record last season, collected 77 points to outdistance the rest of the field.
UCSB and Cal Poly each received two first place votes and notched 63 points to tie for second place in the poll.
Last year, the Gauchos were 7-7-6 overall, but 5-1-1 in league. They garnered a share of the title with the 49ers. UCSB welcomes back six starters, four of which were all-conference performers. Junior Genelle Ives ranked fifth in the Big West in points (18) with her seven goals and four assists, leading her to All-Big West First Team accolades. Junior Rachael Ritchey (First Team), senior Katie Wright (Second Team) and senior Kandice Mclaughlin (Honorable Mention) also return.
Defending Big West Tournament champion Cal State Fullerton was picked to finish fourth with 59 points. UC Riverside received 41 points for fifth place and Cal State Northridge was sixth with 37 points. Pacific, first-year Big West member UC Davis and UC Irvine rounded out the poll.
The Gauchos will open the 2007 season on Friday, Aug. 31 when they host Loyola Marymount at 7:00 p.m. in Harder Stadium.
2007 Women's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll Results
No. School Pts. 1. Long Beach State (5) 77 2. UCSB (2) 63 Cal Poly (2) 63 4. Cal State Fullerton 59 5. UC Riverside 41 6. Cal State Northridge 37 7. Pacific 32 8. UC Davis 20 9. UC Irvine 13
( ) First-place votes