BREVARD, N.C. - The Brevard College Tornados Men's Soccer team was selected fourth USA South West Division in the conference's annual men's soccer preseason polls released on Wednesday afternoon.
The Tornados, who will be entering into their final season of NCAA DIII reclassification, will be eligible to compete for a regular-season championship this upcoming season along with individual regular season and postseason honors.
Brevard's men's soccer squad earned 17 total points in the poll to place them fourth in the division. Covenant took home first place, receiving three first-place votes along with 33 total points, just one more point higher than defending USA South Conference Champion Maryville College, who earned 32 total points along with three first-place votes.
Piedmont College finished just ahead of the Tornados, as the Lions garnered 28 points and the lone remaining first-place vote. The poll was rounded out by Huntington, LaGrange, and Berea.
The Tornados enter the 2019 campaign with numerous reasons for optimism about the possibility of competing for a conference crown. First-year Head Coach Helio D'Anna brings 20-plus years of winning pedigree at the NCAA level to the BC Men's Soccer program. D'Anna's 16-year run as the Head Men's Soccer Coach at Lincoln Memorial University led to numerous winning seasons, NCAA DII tournament berths, and a National Semifinal and Championship appearance.
Rounding out the Tornado coaching staff is Juan Mascaro Jr., who was elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach in the summer, as well as first-year Volunteer Assistant Coach Bryan Lewis.
BC Men's Soccer worked hard all summer long to bring in one of the most impressive and largest recruiting classes in program NCAA-era history. The Tornados boast a total of 15 newcomers on their varsity squad, in addition to 16 newcomers who play on the Tornado reserve squad.
Of the 15 newcomers on BC's varsity team, 12 hail from international countries. Ten Tornado newcomers are from Brazil, while the other two international arrivals hail from England and Algeria.
The Tornados return most of their key contributors as well from the 2018 campaign. Senior goalkeeper Patrick Hall racked up 132 saves, which ranked second all-time in BC NCAA-era history for single-season saves. Hall's 156 career saves rank third in BC NCAA-era history.
The Tornados conclude their two-match preseason slate this Saturday at 3 p.m. as they host Guilford College at Ives-Lemel Family Field. Brevard will kick off its regular season next weekend when it travels to Berry, Ga. to participate in the Berry Invitational. BC will face Sewanee University in Saturday, August 31 at 2 p.m. followed by a match with Berry College on Sunday, September 1 at 12 p.m.
Brevard opens home action as well as USA South Conference play by facing preseason favorite Covenant College on Saturday, September 14 at 3 p.m. at Ives-Lemel Family Field.
FULL 2019 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Saturday, Aug. 31 vs Sewanee# Mount Berry, Ga. 2 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1 at Berry Mount Berry, Ga. 12 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7 at Montreat Montreat, N.C. 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14 vs. Covenant* Brevard, N.C. 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Piedmont* Demorest, Ga. 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21 at Methodist* Fayetteville, N.C. 2 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22 at NC Wesleyan* Rocky Mount, N.C. 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28 at LaGrange* LaGrange, Ga. 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Maryville* Brevard, N.C. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 vs. Pfeiffer* Brevard, N.C. 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 at Greensboro* Greensboro, N.C. 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13 at William Peace Cary, N.C. 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19 vs. Averett* Brevard, N.C. 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20 vs. Mary Baldwin* Brevard, N.C. 1 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26 vs. Berea* Brevard, N.C. 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27 vs. Huntingdon Brevard, N.C. 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Piedmont International Winston-Salem, N.C. 6 p.m.
*USA South Conference game Bold Denotes Home Game $ Denotes Senior Day # Denotes Neutral
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