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HILLSBORO, Ore. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team heads into the season ranked second in the Northwest Conference according to the league's annual coaches' poll released on Thursday.
The Lutes (10-8-2, 7-6-1 NWC in 2016) net 43 points and one first place vote in the poll to secure the No. 2 position. Reigning league champion Whitworth University (12-4-3, 10-1-3 NWC) occupies the top spot with 54 points and six first place votes while crosstown nemesis University of Puget Sound (11-5-2, 8-4-2 NWC) is third with 37 points and the remaining first place endorsement.
Willamette University (8-8-1, 6-7-1 NWC) sits fourth with 27 points while Pacific University (10-6-3, 8-3-3 NWC) sits fifth with 26 points. Whitman College (8-7-5, 4-5-5 NWC) ranks sixth with 24 points followed by Linfield College (3-14-2, 3-10-1 NWC) in seventh (12 points) and George Fox University (1-15-3, 1-11-2 NWC) in eighth (nine points).
Voting was conducted by the league's eight head coaches with each coach selecting the order of finish of the seven other NWC institutions.
The Lutes open the season on Sept. 1 in Georgia against Oglethorpe University and open the NWC slate on Sept. 16 against Linfield College.