Coaches Pick UC Santa Barbara To Win Big West Women’s Soccer Title
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2009 Big West Preseason Women's Soccer Poll
The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team was selected to win the 2009 Big West championship in a vote of the nine coaches as the league's annual preseason poll was released today.
The Gauchos claimed five first-place votes and 75 points to capture the favorite's role. Eight starters and 21 letterwinners return from the 2008 squad that garnered a 12-7-3 overall record and participated in the NCAA Tournament. The Gauchos won two Big West Tournament games in penalty kicks to claim the title and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA's.
UC Santa Barbara welcomes back senior Genelle Ives, the 2008 Big West Offensive Player of the Year. The forward ranked second in the Big West with 25 points on nine goals and seven assists. In addition to Ives, the Gauchos return another all-conference first team performer in junior Jacqui Simon. She placed sixth in the Big West in points (20), recording six goals and eight assists. Second team All-Big West standout Kylie McDonald also bolsters the list of Gaucho returnees.
Three-time defending Big West regular season champion Long Beach State accumulated 67 points for second place. The 49ers received two first-place tallies. LBSU made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance last season after finishing 14-5-4 overall and unbeaten in conference play at 7-0-1. The 49ers were hit hard with the loss of five players who earned All-Big West First Team accolades. However, top talent exists with the return of 2008 Big West Midfielder of the Year Lindsay Bullock. She tied for second in the conference with 10 goals to help her earn second team NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz All-West Region acclaim.
Cal Poly earned 65 points and a first-place nod to finish third in the preseason poll. The Mustangs finished 10-9-1 overall and in third place in Big West play in 2008. They return six starters, led by three-time All-Big West First Team selection and 2008 Defensive Player of the Year Carrie Andrews. Cal Poly also welcomes back a quartet of all-conference honorable mention members in Morgan Miller, Kristina Condon-Sherwood, Carissa Voegele and Coral Hoover.
Pacific was chosen fourth with 53 points and received one first-place vote. Cal State Northridge followed in fifth with 33 points and Cal State Fullerton was sixth (32). Rounding out the poll was UC Irvine with 31 points, UC Davis with 28 and UC Riverside with 21.
The 2009 season begins on Friday, Aug. 21.
2009 Women's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll Results
No. School Pts.
1. UC Santa Barbara (5) 75
2. Long Beach State (2) 67
3. Cal Poly (1) 65
4. Pacific (1) 53
5. Cal State Northridge 33
6. Cal State Fullerton 32
7. UC Irvine 31
8. UC Davis 28
9. UC Riverside 21
( ) First-place votes