Stanford was picked to finish second behind defending champion conference and NCAA champion UCLA and received one first-place vote (coaches could not vote for their own team). Upstart Cal was the third-place choice.
Stanford returns nine starters from last year’s 15-6-1 team that reached the NCAA Round of 16 for the eighth consecutive season and brings in a strong seven-player recruiting class.
The Cardinal opened camp last week, though three players – sophomores Stephanie Amack and Jane Campbell, and freshman Andi Sullivan – are in Canada representing the United States at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. A 3-0 victory over China on Tuesday enabled the U.S. to advance to the second round. The U.S. plays North Korea on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT (ESPN3.com).
Stanford has won nine conference championships since 1993, including four during consecutive perfect Pac-10/12 seasons from 2009-12. Stanford’s 44-match conference winning streak from 2008-13 is the third-longest in NCAA Division I history.
The Cardinal opens the Pac-12 season on Sept. 26 at Utah and plays at UCLA on Oct. 9 in a match televised by the Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal’s home conference opener is Oct. 3 against Washington.
The 2014 Cardinal will be unveiled on Saturday when the Cardinal plays its season opener at North Carolina on Aug. 22.
2014 Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll:
1. UCLA (11), 121
2. Stanford (1), 110
3. California, 91
4. USC, 83
5. Colorado, 78
6. Washington State, 69
7. Utah, 67
8. Arizona State, 51
8. Washington, 51
10. Arizona, 33
11. Oregon, 22
12. Oregon State, 16
Parentheses indicate first-place votes.