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Rebels Picked Fourth In Preseason Poll

Aug. 9, 2006

LAS VEGAS - For the third straight year UNLV was picked to finish fourth in the 2005 Mountain West Conference women's soccer preseason poll, despite having won the regular season championship in 2004 and the tournament championship in 2005. BYU was picked to finish first by just two votes over Utah in the poll the league announced on Wednesday.

BYU, who tied for second in the regular season with UNLV last year and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, finished with 46 votes and four first place votes, while Utah, regular season champions who also received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, received three first place votes and 44 overall. San Diego State received one first place vote and 35 points overall, while UNLV was fourth with 32. New Mexico was picked to finish fifth with 25, followed by TCU in sixth (19), Wyoming seventh (16), and Air Force eighth (7).

The Rebels under second-year head coach Katherine Mertz, returns just six starters but 85 percent of its offense, led by 2005 MWC Tournament MVP junior forward Katie Carney and first-team all-conference senior midfielder Tanya Roberts. Last season the Rebels posted the best season in school history, with a 13-7-3 mark while winning its first-ever MWC tournament title with a 1-0 overtime victory over New Mexico. UNLV also earned its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance with the automatic bid, and lost in the first round at No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 1-0 in overtime.

UNLV opens its season on Friday, Aug. 25 at Washington State in Pullman, Wash., and will begin defense of its Mountain West Conference championship at Utah on Oct. 5.

2006 Mountain West Conference Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll

Place Team (1st place votes) Votes 1. BYU (4) 46 2. Utah (3) 44 3. San Diego State (1) 35 4. UNLV 32 5. New Mexico 25 6. TCU 19 7. Wyoming 16 8. Air Force 7



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