Aug. 16, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
In a vote by the league's coaches, Utah received seven of a possible eight first-place votes and was selected to win the 2005 Mountain West Conference women's soccer regular-season championship in the preseason poll released today by the conference office.
The Utes collected a total of 49 points to capture the top spot in the poll. San Diego State, which fell in the MWC Soccer Championship final last year to the Utes, and four-time MWC champion BYU, which picked up the other first-place vote, tied for second place in the poll with 39 points. Defending regular season champion UNLV was picked fourth (31 points), while newcomer TCU was fifth (21 points), Wyoming was sixth (18 points), New Mexico was seventh (16 points), and Air Force was eighth (11 points).
After winning the title outright in 2003, the Utes finished fourth last year. However, Utah won the MWC tournament title last year in a shootout over San Diego State. Utah and UNLV both represented the MWC at the NCAA Tournament in 2004, the first-ever trip for the Lady Rebels. Utah, which finished with a 13-6-3 last season, return all-MWC first-team selection Amanda Feigt and 10 starters in all. San Diego State returns 12 letterwinners and six starters, while BYU welcomes nine starters back. The 2005 MWC Women's Soccer Championship takes place on the campus of UNLV, Nov. 2-5.
Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll
Pl.Team (1st place votes)Points
t-2.San Diego State39