Pepperdine Women's Soccer Picked Fourth in WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
July 26, 2005
San Bruno, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's soccer team, which has made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, has been picked to finish fourth in the West Coast Conference (WCC) during the upcoming 2005 season in a vote of conference head coaches, it was announced on Tuesday.
Defending co-champion Portland garnered the top spot as the Pilots totaled 49 points, including seven first-place votes. Santa Clara, which tied Portland for the 2004 conference title, totaled 43 points and recorded one first-place vote.
San Diego, which placed third in the WCC standings and earned an NCAA Tournament berth a year ago, was third in the balloting with 34 points.
Pepperdine, which concluded the 2004 campaign with a 9-7-3 overall record, including a 1-4-2 mark and seventh-place finish in the WCC, was picked to finish fourth this year.
Loyola Marymount (27) finished fifth in the voting and was followed by Saint Mary's (16). Gonzaga and San Francisco tied for seventh with 13 points apiece.
The WCC is widely regarded as one of the strongest conference's in the nation as Portland and Santa Clara are perennial national title contenders and Pepperdine, the only school other than Portland and Santa Clara to win a conference crown, has reached post-season play four straight seasons and finished in the Top 25 nationally in three of the last four years.
Pepperdine is led by seniors Megan Woods, Jenna Fodor and Anna Picarelli. Woods earned first team All-WCC honors a year ago after topping the Waves with 13 points (five goals, three assists) from her forward position while Fodor - also a forward - tied for second on the team with nine points (four goals, one assist).
Picarelli returns for her senior campaign after totaling 10 shutouts and setting a school-record with a 0.61 goals-against average en route to being named second team All-WCC.
Pepperdine kicks off its 2005 season with home matches against Central Florida (August. 26) and Arizona (August 28), two teams that reached the post-season in 2004. The Waves will play a total of 10 teams that advanced to post-season play a year ago.
Other 2004 NCAA Tournament participants to visit Tari Frahm Rokus Field in 2005 include UNLV (September 23) and Utah (September 30).
The Waves also will battle Kansas, which reached the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament, at the San Diego Tournament on September 9 and travels to Dallas to take on SMU (September 18). Pepperdine returns to San Diego later in the season to visit the Toreros in a WCC match on October 28.
The Waves open WCC play with a home match against local rival Loyola Marymount on October 9.
2005 WEST COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
1. Portland - 49 (7)