Women's soccer picked third in WAC preseason poll

Denver, Colo. For the second year in a row, the San Jose State University women’s soccer team has been picked to finish third in the Western Athletic Conference in 2006, in a preseason poll conducted by league head coaches.

The Spartans registered 34 points to finish behind 2005 WAC Tournament champion Fresno State, which picked up five first-place votes and 46 points, and 2005 regular-season champion Hawai’i, which grabbed two first-place votes and 42 points. Nevada earned the other first-place vote, finishing fourth behind the Spartans with 31 points. Utah State (29), Boise State (20), Idaho (14) and Louisiana Tech (8) rounded out the eight-team poll.

San Jose State posted a record of 6-12-3 overall and 4-2-1 in WAC play to finish in a tie for second place a year ago, ending the season on a 6-2-1 run and within one victory of a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Senior tri-captains Cynthia Pinkney, Nicole Martinez and Cristin Murphy will lead the Spartans into the 2006 campaign. Ten of 11 starters and 15 of 17 letterwinners return from 2005.

The WAC will continue its regular-season play as a single round-robin format for a total of seven conference matches. Each team will receive three points for a win and one point for a tie. The six teams with the most points will advance to the WAC Tournament, to be held at the University of Nevada’s Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nev., November 2-5.

The regular season kicks off Friday, August 25, with seven of eight teams in competition, including San Jose State, which travels to Los Angeles, Calif., to take on Loyola Marymount University at 1:00 p.m.

2006 WAC Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll
Team - Points (first-place votes)

1. Fresno State - 46 (5)
2. Hawai’i - 42 (2)
3. San Jose State - 34
4. Nevada - 31 (1)
5. Utah State - 29
6. Boise State - 20
7. Idaho - 14
8. Louisiana Tech - 8