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    Pacific women's soccer: Soccer Picked Fourth By The Coaches Of The Big West

    Aug 12, 2010

    For the second consecutive season the Pacific women's soccer team was picked to finish fourth by the coaches of the Big West as the 2010 Preseason Coaches poll was released on Thursday, August 12. The Tigers finished 2009 in fifth place in the conference after posting a 4-3-1 conference record and a 10-6-3 overall record. UC Santa Barbara was selected as the preseason favorites for the third consecutive season after winning the Big West tournament despite finishing third in the conference in 2009.

    Entering the season, the Tigers return a talented crop of players including the reigning Big West Midfielder of the Year in junior Angelica Figueroa (Linden, Calif.). Figueroa closed out 2009 by sealing her name in the record books for single-season records in assists (6th, 8), shots (10th, 52) and game-winning goals (6th, 3). Her 52 shots were good for fourth overall in the Big West Conference. Similarly, Angelica's eight assists alone were tops in conference, establishing her as the best play-maker in the Big West.

    In addition to Figueroa, the Tigers return all four of their remaining all-conference players from as season ago as senior Kylee Ah Choy (Mililani, Hawaii), a first team all-conference honoree in 2009 returns to anchor the Tigers defense while junior Kristina Wavomba (Encinitas, Calif.) and sophomore Maricela Padilla (San Jose, Calif.) return to power the offense. Junior Alex Topp (San Diego, Calif.) will slide back into the defensive midfield where she finished last season.

    Pacific kicks off its 2010 season on August 20 when the Tigers travel to Hawai'i to take on the Rainbow Wahine.

    2010 Big West Women's Soccer
    Preseason Coaches Poll

    No. School, Pts.
    1. UC Santa Barbara (4), 75
    2. Cal Poly (2), 61
    3. UC Irvine (2), 60
    4. Pacific (1), 58
    5. Cal State Northridge, 45
    6. Long Beach State, 44
    7. Cal State Fullerton, 34
    8. UC Riverside, 15
    9. UC Davis, 13

    ( ) First-place votes