SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly senior soccer player Megan Abutin made the Preseason All-Big West Conference Team announced Thursday, and the Mustangs were voted sixth in the league's annual preseason coaches poll.
Abutin, granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA after a season-ending injury in last year's opener at Cal, is now a grad student in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Long Beach State, the defending Big West Tournament champion, was a near-unanimous preseason favorite, gathering eight of the nine first-place votes (while one went to fourth-place UC Irvine). The 49ers compiled 78 points in the balloting.
Cal Poly collected 34 points in the voting. CSUN, the defending regular-season champion — which had a league-best three players on the preseason all-conference team — was voted fifth. To view the full poll and team, click here.
The Mustangs will conclude their preseason by hosting Fresno State for an exhibition at 4 p.m. Sunday. It's also Youth Day in Alex G. Spanos Stadium, as admission is free and 2017 schedule posters will also be given out.
Cal Poly will open the regular season at the Hoosier Challenge Cup vs. Indiana on Aug. 18.
Abutin, a third-team NSCAA All-West Regional selection in 2014, has 20 assists in her career — four back of tying Kolleen Kassis' 22-year-standing school record while ranking No. 18 nationally among all active Division I players.
She also has scored 14 goals in her 59 career games, 40 of which have been consecutive starts.
Abutin also made the all-conference first team in 2014, along with the second team & all-freshman team in 2013.