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WCC Teams Ranked Among Nation's Elite

Aug. 17, 2006

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - With the soccer season right around the corner, the WCC was once again well represented in a pair of preseason polls. Portland, the defending national champion, opens the season ranked No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 2 in the Soccer America preseason poll. Santa Clara opens the season ranked No. 5 by Soccer America and No. 7 by the NSCAA. Pepperdine garnered its second preseason ranking, coming in at No. 20 in the NSCAA poll.

The Pilots return eight starters from last year's championship squad and add the No. 12 recruiting class in the nation, according to Soccer Buzz. Portland is slated to open the season at Florida (No. 24) on Friday, Aug. 25. The Pilots' home opener will be as host of the Nike Invitational on Sept. 8 against Baylor at which time the 2005 national champions will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.

Santa Clara, which has advanced to at least the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament the last 11 seasons, the longest streak in the nation, returns 22 letterwinners and nine of its top 10 goal scorers from last year's team. The Broncos also welcome in the fourth best recruiting class in the country, according to Soccer Buzz. Santa Clara opens the 2006 season the weekend of August 25-27 with the Santa Clara adidas Classic at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos will kick things off Friday the 25th at 7:30 pm against the No. 26 Wake Forest Demon Deacons before concluding opening weekend action against the Utah Utes at 1:30 pm Sunday, August 27.

The Waves, who were picked fourth in the WCC coaches preseason poll, return 21 letterwinners, including seven starters. The Waves are led by seniors Lindsey Redlin, Jennifer Brewer, Courtney Nelson, Lauren Treinen, Caitlin Mitchell and Loretta Younkin. Pepperdine kicks off its 2006 season on Friday, August 25 when the Waves face Idaho in a 3 p.m. match at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, CA.

2006 NSCAA/adidas Preseason Top 25
1. Portland
2. UCLA
3. Penn State
4. North Carolina
5. Notre Dame
6. Florida State
7. Santa Clara
8. Virginia
9. Texas A&M
10. California
10. Boston College
12. Duke
13. Illinois
14. Tennessee
15. Cal State Fullerton
16. Connecticut
17. Arizona
18. West Virginia
18. Florida
20. Pepperdine
21. Purdue
22. Vanderbilt
23. Yale
23. Wake Forest
25. Marquette
Receiving Votes: Southern California, Saint Louis, Virginia Commonwealth, Louisville, Georgia, Boston University

2006 Soccer America Preseason Top 25
1. UCLA (22-2-2)
2. Portland (23-0-2)
3. North Carolina (23-1-1)
4. Florida State (20-4-1)
5. Santa Clara (17-5-2)
6. Notre Dame (22-3-0)
7. Virginia (18-6-1)
8. Penn State (23-0-2)
9. Texas A&M (18-4-2)
10. Boston College (13-6-2)
11. Tennessee (15-6-2)
12. Connecticut (15-5-2)
13. Duke (14-6-1)
14. Nebraska (14-8-1)
15. Texas (11-9-1)
16. Marquette (19-4-1)
17. West Virginia (12-6-3)
18. California (16-4-2)
19. Vanderbilt (17-3-3)
20. Stanford (10-7-3)
21. Illinois (12-7-3)
22. USC (13-6-2)
23. Yale (15-4-1)
24. Florida (13-6-1)
25. Georgia (12-6-2)