BOULDER, CO – AUGUST 6, 2019: Head coach, Danny Sanchez, during the first practice for the team. (Photo by Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

The Pac-12 Conference soccer coaches picked the University of Colorado to finish fifth in the league for the second-consecutive season on Tuesday. The Buffaloes received 77 points in the preseason poll, following a fifth-place ending to the 2018 season (13-4-3).

Stanford (117), UCLA (113), Southern California (102) and Washington State (88) complete the top-five teams in the poll.

The Buffs return 14 players from last season, including senior captains Jalen Tompkins, Taylor Kornieck, Kelsey Aaknes and Stephanie Zuniga. Tompkins, an All-Pac-12 goalkeeper the past two seasons, ranked second in the conference last season and 23rd in the nation with a .851 save percentage. Kornieck starts the season on the MAC Hermann Watch List, as one of the nation’s top players, coming off a 28-point (9 G, 10 A) season in 2018.

The Buffs were snubbed from the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and will look to get back into the tournament field for the fifth time since 2013. CU opens the season on Aug. 22 against Drake (5 p.m.). The Buffs will take on five NCAA Tournament teams in the non-conference season. Boston, Texas and Baylor all visit Prentup Field. The team will face two more on the road with trips to defending national champion Florida State and Denver.

The first chance to see Colorado in action is the Silver and Gold scrimmage this Saturday, Aug. 17. There will be a clinic run by the team at 10 a.m. MT. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.

2019 Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll

Rank School (First Place votes) Points
1. Stanford (7) 117
2. UCLA (5) 113
3. Southern California 102
4. Washington State 88
5. Colorado 77
6. California 66
7. Arizona 58
8. Utah 48
9. Arizona State 43
10. Washington 36
11. Oregon 32
12. Oregon State 12