M. Soccer Fifth in Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll
Aug 20, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The San Diego State men's soccer team is predicted to finish in fifth place in the Pac-12 Conference, the league announced on Tuesday afternoon. The annual preseason poll was voted on by the conference's six head coaches.
The Aztecs received 12 points to land just one point behind fourth-place California (13 points). UCLA is the preseason favorite with 25 points and all five possible first-place votes, while Washington took second with 19 points and one first-place vote. Stanford earned 15 points to attain the third spot, and Oregon State rounded out the poll in sixth place with six points.
SDSU begins the 2013 season on Wednesday, Aug. 21, when it plays host to Trinity Western in a friendly at SDSU Sports Deck at 7 p.m. PT. Admission to the exhibition, as well as all regular-season home matches, is free.
The games start to count on Friday, Aug. 30, when the Aztecs play host to cross-town foe San Diego as part of the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Soccer Tournament. Game time is set for 7 p.m. PT at Montezuma Road. SDSU continues tournament play on Sunday, Sept. 1, against Florida International, also beginning at 7 p.m. PT.
San Diego State returns 11 players who started at least 10 games last season, including six of its top seven points' leaders. Of SDSU's returners, three were all-Pac-12 selections in 2012. Senior Blake Wise (Frisco, Texas) was a first-team all-conference performer a season ago, tying a team-high with three goals in Pac-12 play. Senior Kevin Bick (Louisville, Ky.) was a second-team all-Pac-12 selection, while senior Jordan Ongaro (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) was named honorable mention.
The Aztecs have eight games on their 2013 schedule against teams ranked in the preseason top 25, including three against teams ranked in the top 10. SDSU will take on eight teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament, in addition to playing nationally-televised games against Pac-12 rivals UCLA (Oct. 5) and Washington (Oct. 18).