Cardinal tabbed the Pac-12 favorite in women's soccer


The second-ranked Stanford women's soccer has been picked to finish first in the Pac-12, as voted on by the conference coaches.

The Cardinal received 119 points, including 10 of the 12 first-place votes, to finish ahead of UCLA (110) and USC (101), who each received one first place vote. California (86), Utah (81) and Colorado (74) completed the top six.

Stanford opened training camp last week and is preparing for an exhibition Thursday at 4 p.m. at UC Davis. Next week, the Cardinal begins its regular season by traveling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to face Marquette on Aug. 18 and Wisconsin on Aug. 20.

Stanford posted an 18-2-1 record in 2016 en route to its 11th Pac-12 Championship and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal returns 17 of 21 letterwinners, including midfielders Andi Sullivan and Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson, who were each named to the Hermann Trophy watch list on Tuesday.

Since the arrival of head coach Paul Ratcliffe in 2003, the Cardinal holds a 107-20-11 record in Pac-12 play, while Stanford's 44-match conference winning streak from 2008-13 is the third-longest in NCAA Division I history.

Stanford opens Pac-12 play in Pullman, Washington, on Sept. 21 against Washington State. Eleven Cardinal contests will feature on Pac-12 Networks broadcasts this season.

— Stanford Athletics

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