IRVINE, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton, the defending Big West Tournament Champion, was picked to finish fourth in Big West Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Poll, while Cal Poly was selected to repeat as the regular season champion with six first-place votes.
UC Irvine received two first-place votes with 64 points while Long Beach State collected 59 points for third place. Cal State Fullerton received a first-place vote of its own and finished out the top four teams with 58 points.
Hawai'i (37 points), UC Santa Barbara (30), CSUN (27), UC Davis (27) and UC Riverside (26) rounded out the preseason poll.
Senior midfielder and captain Chelsey Patterson was named to the Big West Preseason All-Conference Team after earning second team all-league honors in 2013.
Cal State Fullerton is just two days away from its first exhibition match of the fall, traveling to San Diego State for a 7 p.m. start on Friday.
The Titans will then return to Titan Stadium at 1 p.m., Sunday, to host Grand Canyon in Fullerton's final tune-up. Admission is free.
Fullerton opens the 2014 season officially with four straight home matches, beginning with 22nd-ranked BYU on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. The Titans will also host Michigan State (4 p.m., Aug. 24), No. 25 Denver (7 p.m., Aug. 29) and Georgia (1 p.m., Aug. 31).
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2014 Big West Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Cal Poly (6) 77
2. UC Irvine (2) 64
3. Long Beach State 59
4. Cal State Fullerton (1) 58
5. Hawai'i 37
6. UC Santa Barbara 30
7. CSUN 27
UC Davis 27
9. UC Riverside 26
Name, School, Pos.,Year
Megan Abutin, Cal Poly, F, Sophpmore
Tyler Cunningham, UC Riverside, F, Junior
Alyssa Giannetti, Cal Poly, GK, Junior
Elise Krieghoff, Cal Poly, F, Junior
Laura McGrail, UC Irvine, F, Senior
Indiana Mead, UC Santa Barbara, MF/F, Senior
Taylor Nelson, Long Beach State, MF/D, Senior
Kama Pascua, Hawai'I, F, Sophomore
Chelsey Patterson, Cal State Fullerton, MF, Senior
Cami Privett, UC Irvine, MF, Senior
Mimi Rangel, Long Beach State, MF, Sophomore