Rock Hill, S.C. - The Brevard College men’s soccer team was picked 10th in the annual preseason SAC coaches’ poll, coming off a season in which they made it to the Food Lion SAC Quarterfinals before falling in double-overtime to the top seed in the tournament.
Defending South Atlantic Conference regular season co-champion Wingate is a favorite to win the league’s men’s soccer title again in 2011, according to the SAC preseason coaches’ poll which was released on Thursday.
Wingate, which earned an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament, finished ahead of No. 2 Anderson by a single point in the poll, but edged the Trojans 6-2 in first-place votes.
Anderson will open the season ranked 17th in the NSCAA national poll, the only SAC school to appear in the preseason top 25. The Trojans won the Food Lion SAC Tournament last season and advanced to the NCAA Championship Southeast Regional Final.
Lincoln Memorial is third in the poll, including one first-place vote, followed by Carson-Newman and Mars Hill. The Lions also received a first-place vote in the poll.
Rounding out the poll is Lenoir-Rhyne at No. 6, then Tusculum, Catawba, Newberry and Brevard.
Also announced on Thursday was the men’s soccer preseason All-Conference team.
Anderson leads the way with a league-high four student-athletes on the first team, including reigning SAC Player of the Year and Daktronics All-American Lasse Sohrweide. The Trojans also placed one player on the second team.
Mars Hill has three players on the first team and two on the second team, while Carson-Newman and Wingate each have four preseason all-conference selections.
Catawba, Lincoln Memorial and Lenoir-Rhyne each have two All-SAC selections.
2011 SAC men’s soccer action gets underway on Sept. 1.
Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Team Points (1st-Place)
1. Wingate 93 (6)
2. Anderson 92 (2)
3. Lincoln Memorial 76 (1)
4. Carson-Newman 63
5. Mars Hill 60 (1)
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 52
7. Tusculum 43
8. Catawba 34
9. Newberry 19
10. Brevard 18
Preseason All-SAC Team
F – Lasse Sohrweide, Anderson
F – Clement Samson, Anderson
F – Robbie Hill, Carson-Newman
F – Gui Lima, Wingate
MF – Ben Jones, Anderson
MF – Shadi Harb, Mars Hill
MF – Isiah Shafer, Mars Hill
MF – Carson Smith, Catawba
D – James Moseley, Anderson
D – Troy Chavez, Mars Hill
D – Gui Andrade, Wingate
D – Chris Wilson, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Michael Watkins, Lincoln Memorial
F – Stephen Bivens, Mars Hill
F – Emmanuel Aboagye, Carson-Newman
F – Fabricio Barancoski, Wingate
F – Chibuzo Nwosu, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Ryan Messick, Anderson
MF – Matt Craine, Carson-Newman
MF – Corey Faughnan, Catawba
MF – Chris Nash, Lincoln Memorial
D – Anthony Chiappetta, Carson-Newman
D – Corey McCollom
D – Domhnall Minogu, Catawba
D – Sean Rogers, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Zac Scott, Mars Hill