GWU Men’s Soccer picked 7th in preseason poll

Aug. 27, 2013 @ 03:16 PM

The Gardner-Webb men’s soccer team was chosen to finish seventh overall in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason poll, as voted by the League’s head men’s soccer coaches, it was announced today by the League office.
 
The Runnin’ Bulldogs received 50 total points to come in at No. 7 in the preseason poll.
 
The No. 13 ranked Coastal Carolina men’s soccer was picked first in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason poll. In addition, the coaches voted Chanticleer midfielder Pedro Ribeiro the League’s Preseason Attacking Player of the Year and Coastal defender Uchenna Uzo the PreseasonDefensive Player of the Year.
 
Coastal Carolina, coming off a berth to the NCAA Men’s College Cup Sweet 16, collected eight first-place votes and 116 points from the panel.  An At-Large selection, the Chanticleers downed Elon in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Championship and knocked off Wake Forest to advance to the Sweet 16.  Coastal Carolina went unscathed in League play during the 2012 season as it posted a 10-0 record.
 
Campbell placed second in the voting with two first-place votes and 104 points.  High Point finished third in the voting with 87 points, just ahead of Radford’s with 86 points.  Winthrop placed fifth with one top vote and 85 points, while at No. 6 was Liberty with 73 points. Longwoodcame in at the No. 8 slot with 42 points, ahead of Presbyterian College with 34 points.  UNC Asheville’s 30 points was good for 10th and VMI rounds out the voting with 19 points.
 
The 2013 Big South men’s soccer season begins Friday, Aug. 30, with 10 teams in action.  The Big South Men’s Soccer Championship is scheduled for Tuesday-Sunday, Nov. 12, 15 and 17 with the quarterfinals at host sites and the semifinals and finals at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C.

*GWU Sports Information contributed to this report