The Stanford women’s soccer team was voted the Pac-12 Conference favorite by conference coaches the Pac-12 office announced Tuesday.
Stanford, which ranks No.3 in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, is the four-time defending conference champion and appeared in the Women’s College Cup the past two years.
UCLA and USC, also ranked among the top five in the preseason poll, were picked to finish second and third, respectively.
The Cardinal has won eight Pac-12 titles in the last 10 years and 13 all-time. Eight-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year Paul Radcliffe returns two-time espnW Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy winner Catarina Macario and four other All-Pac-12 honorees in Kiki Pickett, Sophia Smith, Naomi
Girma and Madison Haley.
Macario and Smith are both on the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list.
UCLA, ranked No. 4, made its 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance as a No. 2 seed last season. The Bruins finished with a 17-3-2 (9-1-0) record in 2018 and are setting their roster up for success this fall with the addition of TopDrawerSoccer’s second-best recruiting class in the country.
No. 5 USC posted a 17-2-3 overall record (8-2-1 Pac-12) and reached the third-round of the NCAA Tournament last season.