July 28, 2004
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's and women's soccer programs have been picked as favorites to win their respective West Coast Conference championships, according to preseason polls selected by the league's coaches. The Bronco women, who have captured three straight league titles and seven overall, received six first-place votes in the poll, while the men's squad, reigning league champs, netted three first-place votes.
After consecutive trips to the NCAA National Championship match in 2001 and 2002, the Bronco women once again have their eyes set on the College Cup in 2004. Santa Clara will be led by seven seniors, including All-American and 2003 WCC Player of the Year Leslie Osborne. Santa Clara will also welcome a top-15 recruiting class to the fold in the fall.
Portland collected the other two first-place votes, while Pepperdine, the only school other than Santa Clara and Portland to win the WCC crown, was selected third. Rounding out the listing is San Diego, Saint Mary's, Loyola Marymount, Gonzaga and San Francisco.
Portland also collected two first-place votes on the men's side and was selected second in the poll. Loyola Marymount was tabbed third and San Diego fourth. Rounding out the preseason listing is San Francisco, Gonzaga and Saint Mary's.
WCC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll
|1.||Santa Clara (6)||48|
WCC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
|1.||Santa Clara (3)||33|
|3.||Loyola Marymount (2)||28|