UPS Tabbed to Take Another Title in Men's
|NWC Men's Soccer Coaches' Pre-Season Poll:||1999 records|
|1. Puget Sound (Wash.)||(6)||66||20-2||13-1|
|2. Linfield (Ore.)||(1)||58||12-7-1||8-5-1|
|3. Whitworth (Wash.)||(1)||47||11-6-3||7-4-3|
|4. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)||35||5-10-3||4-8-2|
|5. Pacific (Ore.)||30||10-8-2||7-7|
|6. Willamette (Ore.)||25||8-12-3||5-7-2|
|7. George Fox (Ore.)||24||7-12||5-9|
|8. Whitman (Wash.)||11||5-13||3-11|
(First-place votes in parenthesis. Points awarded on 9-7-6- 5-4-3-2-1 basis).
The University of Puget Sound, which rolled to its first Northwest Conference men's soccer crown in 1999, has been selected by NWC coaches to repeat in 2000. The Loggers, who finished 20-2 overall, 13-1 in the NWC and lost in the West Region final of the NCAA playoffs last season, received six first place votes and 66 total points. Reece Olney, the 1999 NWC Coach of the Year, is bolstered by the return of 1999 NWC Player of the Year Ryan Wittstruck in goal, as well as three other First Team All-NWC selections.
Linfield College, which handed UPS its only conference loss last season, was selected to finish second with 58 points and also received a first place vote. The Wildcats welcome back three First Team players, including senior midfielder Tim Bishop.
Whitworth College also was tabbed to win on one ballot and finished third in the poll with 47 points. The Pirates have to replace First Team midfielder Jace Jones, who graduated last year.
Pacific Lutheran University, Pacific University, Willamette University and George Fox University are grouped in places four through seven, separated by only 11 points in the poll. PLU is perhaps considered the most improved team after finishing in 7th place in 1999.
Whitman College rounded out the coaches' poll in eighth place.