CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s soccer team is a preseason pick to finish in 10th place in the Big South Conference this year as the league announced its preseason predictions Monday afternoon. The voting is done by the head coaches in the conference.
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. At No. 6 was Liberty with 73 points and at No. 7 was Gardner-Webb with 50 points. Longwood came 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.
Asheville opens the 2013 season on the road this Friday night at UNC Greensboro starting at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs home opener is with Brevard College this Sunday (Sept. 1) at 2 p.m.
2013 Big South Conference Preseason Men’s Soccer Poll
Rk Team (first-place votes) - Points
1. Coastal Carolina (8) - 116
2. Campbell (2) - 104
3. High Point - 87
4. Radford - 86
5. Winthrop (1) - 85
6. Liberty - 73
7. Gardner-Webb - 50
8. Longwood - 42
9. Presbyterian College - 34
10. UNC Asheville - 30
11. VMI - 19