Toreros Tabbed Fifth in WCC Preseason Coaches Poll

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Meghan O'Rourke
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Meghan O'Rourke
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Aug 13, 2013

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's soccer team was picked to finish in fifth place in the West Coast Conference, according to the preseason WCC coaches poll.   The Toreros also had junior defender Meghan O'Rourke selected to the preseason All-WCC team. 

Santa Clara University has been selected as the preseason favorite.  In a preseason poll of the WCC's 10 head coaches, the Broncos captured all nine possible first place votes, and 81 overall points in the poll.  Competition will be tough for Santa Clara, as the West Coast Conference placed four teams in last year's NCAA Tournament. 

The University of Portland, a 2012 NCAA Tournament participant, and 2012 West Coast Conference champion Brigham Young University were picked to finish second and third, respectively, in this year's poll.  The Pilots earned 68 points and a first place vote, while the Cougars tallied 67 points in the poll.  2012 NCAA Tournament participant Pepperdine University garnered 57 points in the survey.  The University of San Diego, a 2011 NCAA participant, earned 51 points to finish fifth.  The Toreros were followed by Loyola Marymount University (38 points), the University of San Francisco (29 points) and Saint Mary's College (26 points), with Gonzaga University (22 points) and WCC newcomer University of the Pacific (10 points) rounding out the survey. 

Five WCC schools are represented on the preseason All-West Coast Conference team, led by BYU's four selections.  The 2013 season begins on Friday, August 23, with nine West Coast Conference teams in action.  Leading up to Opening Day, the West Coast Conference will host a Google+ Hangout previewing the 2013 WCC women's soccer season.  Fans will be able to ask questions of WCC student-athletes and watch the event live on YouTube.

USD is represented by junior defender Meghan O'Rourke, on the Preseason All-WCC team.  O'Rourke returns to anchor down the defensive line after scoring one goal and chipping in with four assists for six points, while helping the team post six shutouts.


 

 

 

2013 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL

Team (First Place Votes)

Points

1.  Santa Clara (9)

81

2.  Portland (1)

68

3.  BYU

67

4.  Pepperdine

57

5.  San Diego

51

6.  Loyola Marymount

38

7.  San Francisco

29

8.  Saint Mary's

26

9.  Gonzaga

22

10. Pacific

10

 

2013 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

Player

School

Yr.

Pos.

Cloee Colohan

BYU

Sr.

M

Michelle Cruz

Portland

Sr.

M/D

Amanda Frisbie

Portland

Sr.

F

Sofia Huerta

Santa Clara

Jr.

F

Julie Johnston

Santa Clara

Sr.

M

Rachel Manning

BYU

Sr.

M

Michele Murphy

BYU

So.

F/M

Meghan O'Rourke

San Diego

Jr.

D

Erica Owens

BYU

Sr.

GK

Michelle Pao

Pepperdine

Sr.

D/M

Lynn Williams

Pepperdine

Jr.

F