NSCAA Preseason Poll
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Coming off the most successful season in school history, the Washington men's soccer team will open the season at No. 6 in the national rankings as released by the National Soccer Coaches of America Association.
After finishing 2013 with a record of 16-2-4 and a No. 5 national ranking, the Dawgs are back in the top-10. Last season, the Huskies opened the year ranked No. 23, but quickly moved into the top-10 after an undefeated start. The Dawgs set a school record, playing their first 15 games without a loss.
Washington would climb as high as No. 3 in the polls during the season and earned the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Pac-12 title. The Dawgs would go on to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, before losing to New Mexico, 1-0.
Notre Dame won the 2013 NCAA title and was rewarded by a preseason No. 1 national ranking this year. The Fighting Irish are coached by Bobby Clark, father of UW head coach Jamie Clark. Maryland, Virginia, UCLA and New Mexico round out the rest of the top five in the preseason rankings.
Directly behind UW at No. 7 is California, while Stanford is ranked No. 20. That gives the Pac-12 four teams in the top-20 as it is once again expected to be the most competitive conference in the nation.
Washington opens the season on Firday, August 29, in Spokane with a matchup against Gonzaga. The home opener is Thursday, September 4, for the derby and NCAA Tournament rematch with Seattle U. Last season, 3,100 fans came to a sold out Husky Soccer Field to see the Dawgs defeat their crosstown rival in the second round of the NCAA's, 4-2.