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WCC Announces 2014 Women's Soccer Preseason Poll and All-WCC Team

Aug. 12, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - After capturing a share of the West Coast Conference championship for the second straight year in 2013, BYU was picked as a narrow favorite to win the 2014 title. The top three teams were separated by a total of just four votes in the annual preseason poll of the WCC's 10 coaches.

BYU earned 73 points and three first place votes, while Portland collected 72 points with three first place votes. Santa Clara earned 69 points and three first place votes. The Cougars, Pilots and Broncos each shared the 2013 WCC Championship, the first time in league history three member institutions accomplished the feat in women's soccer. All three programs represented the WCC in the NCAA Postseason.

Pepperdine was picked fourth with 57 votes, while San Diego rounded out the top-five with 54 points including the remaining first-place vote. San Francisco was picked sixth with 35 points, while Saint Mary's (29), Gonzaga (25), Loyola Marymount (20) and Pacific (16) round out the survey.

Seven programs placed at least one student-athlete on the preseason All-West Coast Conference Team. Portland led the way with three preseason picks while BYU, Pepperdine and Santa Clara each had a pair of representatives selected.

All 10 West Coast Conference teams open the 2014 campaign Friday, August 22. For a complete interactive schedule, please visit WCCsports.com, and follow @WCCsports on Twitter for updates throughout the season.

2014 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL

Team (First Place Votes) Points
BYU (3) 73
Portland (3) 72
Santa Clara (3) 69
Pepperdine 57
San Diego (1) 54
San Francisco 35
Saint Mary's 29
Gonzaga 25
Loyola Marymount 20
Pacific 16

2014 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

Player School Year Position
Jacqueline Altschuld San Diego So. D
Jo Blankenship Loyola Marymount Jr. M
Ellie Boon Portland So. D
Danica Evans Portland So. F
Ashley Hatch BYU So. F
Ally Holtz Pepperdine Sr. M
Paige Hunt BYU Jr. D
Sofia Huerta Santa Clara Sr. F
Jordan Jesolva Santa Clara So. M
Heather Johnson Gonzaga Jr. F
Allison Wetherington Portland So. M
Lynn Williams Pepperdine Sr. F