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BYU Leads In WCC Preseason Team and Coaches Poll

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Defending West Coast Conference champion BYU was again picked to win the 2016 title in the annual preseason poll of the WCC’s 10 head coaches. The Cougars enter the season ranked No. 16 in the preseason NSCAA poll and shared the conference championship hardware in 2012 and 2013 before winning the title outright in both 2014 and 2015.

BYU earned 80 points and eight first place votes while No. 21 Santa Clara collected 71 points with two first place votes. Pepperdine earned 56 points to take third while No. 25 Loyola Marymount was fourth with 52 points. The Cougars, Broncos and Lions all represented the WCC in the NCAA postseason with all three teams earning at least one win in the postseason tournament. 

San Francisco was picked fifth with 50 votes, while San Diego and Portland tied for sixth with 44 points each. Saint Mary’s (24), Gonzaga (19) and Pacific (10) rounded out the preseason poll. 

Seven programs placed at least one student-athlete on the preseason All-West Coast Conference Team. BYU led all with four representatives on the squad, including Hermann Trophy Watch List selection Nadia Gomes, while San Francisco and Santa Clara each had a pair selected. A total of 12 student-athletes were named to the Preseason All-WCC Team due to a tie in voting.

The preseason poll and All-WCC team were selected solely by a vote of the conference's 10 head coaches.

All 10 West Coast Conference teams open the 2016 campaign Friday, August 19.

2016 WCC Preseason Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll

Team 

(First Place Votes)

Pts.

1. No. 16 BYU

(8)

80

2. No. 21 Santa Clara

(2)

71

3. Pepperdine

 

56

4. No. 25 Loyola Marymount

 

52

5. San Francisco

 

50

T6. Portland

 

44

T6. San Diego

 

44

8. Saint Mary's

 

24

9. Gonzaga

 

19

10. Pacific

 

10

 

 

2016 All-WCC Preseason Women’s Soccer Team

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Jacqueline Altschuld

San Diego

Sr.

D/M

Hannah Diaz

Saint Mary's

Jr.

F

Nadia Gomes

BYU

Jr.

F

Ashley Hatch

BYU

Sr.

F

Elena Medeiros

BYU

Sr.

M

Jessica Nakae

San Francisco

Sr.

M

Kellie Peay

Santa Clara

Jr.

D

Alli Schaffer

San Francisco

Sr.

D

Julie Vass

Santa Clara

Sr.

M

Michele Murphy Vasconcelos

BYU

Jr.

F/M

Bri Visalli

Pepperdine

Jr.

M/F

Allison Wetherington

Portland

Sr.

M