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WCC Coaches Vote LMU Women's Soccer Fifth in Preseason Poll

Aug. 13, 2007

LMU women's soccer was selected to finish the 2007 seasons in fifth place, according to West Coast Conference coaches in the annual preseason poll, it was announced Monday. The Lions received 30 points, while Portland is the preseason favorite to capture for the conference title.

The Lions went 10-3-6 overall and 2-1-4 in the WCC last year to place fourth and made their second NCAA Tournament appearance under then-head coach Gregg Murphy, who left the program in May. First-year head coach Joe Mallia takes over a squad that returns eight starters, including the defending WCC Defender of the Year in senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek.

Portland received 48 total points and six of the eight first-place votes. Santa Clara, the 2006 WCC Champions, garnered 44 points and the other two first-place votes. Pepperdine was voted third with 33 points and San Diego fourth with 30. After LMU is Gonzaga with 22 points, followed by San Francisco with 12 and Saint Mary's with eight.

The Lions open their 2007 campaign at UC Santa Barbara on August 31, with their home opener on Sunday, September 2 at 1 p.m. against Dayton.