WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Washington women’s soccer has been picked fourth in the conference with the release of the preseason Pac-12 coaches’ poll. The Dawgs were seventh last season, but return a talented squad that is bolstered by a great crop of freshmen and transfer Kate Bennett.
Despite Stanford winning the last four Pac-12 titles, UCLA was picked by the coaches to be the 2013 champion. The Bruins received 117 points, while the Cardinal was second with 115. California was picked to finish third with 99 points, while Washington received 77 points in fourth.
Following Washington in the poll was Arizona State and then Oregon State and Washington State tied for sixth. The bottom five were USC, Utah, Colorado, Oregon and Arizona.
Washington has high hopes for 2013, returning seven impact seniors along with Bennett who will have two years left due to sitting out 2012 because of Pac-12 transfer rules. In addition, a group of talented underclassmen led by Isabel Farrell who spent parts of the summer training with the U-20 U.S. National Team.
The Dawgs open the season on August 23 in Hawaii when they take on Central Florida. The home opener is Friday, August 30, when Baylor comes to the Husky Soccer Field at 3:30pm for a game televised on the Pac-12 Networks.