WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pac-12 released the 2013 men's soccer coaches poll with Washington picked to finish second behind UCLA. Last season, the Dawgs and Bruins battled for the conference title all season, before UCLA eeked out their second-consecutive Pac-12 title.
UCLA received 24 points, including five of the six first-place votes. Washington received 19 points and the other first place vote. Stanford was picked third, California fourth, San Diego State and Oregon State rounded out the rankings.
The Huskies are coming off a 13-5-2 season, including 7-1-2 in conference. The Bruins finished with a Pac-12 record of 8-1-1 with their only loss coming in Los Angeles to UW.
2013 sets up to be another battle between UCLA and Washington who are both ranked in the top-25. However, the rest of the conference will be a challenge as once again the Pac-12 projects to be one of the top conferences in the nation.
The Dawgs return three seniors as well as 5th-year transfer Brad Jacobson. Goalkeeper Spencer Richey leads UW who will be strong up the middle of the field with central defender Taylor Peay, midfielder Michael Harris and Jacobson up top.
The Huskies open the season at Gonzaga on August 30. The home opener will be September 3, when Washington hosts Santa Clara at 7:30 p.m.