GLVC coaches select preseason picks for soccer

Zane Clodfelter

Southern Indiana men’s and women’s soccer were picked by Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) coaches to finish sixth and ninth respectively in the league respectively out of 16 members in preseason voting.

Rockhurst tops the men’s soccer preseason rankings after receiving 14 first places votes out of a possible 16, while accumulating 223 total points.

Drury (200 points), Quincy (195 points, 1 first place vote), Bellarmine (175 points), and Lewis (149 points) round of the top five.

USI fell into the sixth place with 137 points in the preseason voting; after an 11-7 overall record and 9-5 GLVC mark under in 2012 under fifth-year head coach Mat Santoro. The Eagles finished 2012 in fifth place in the GLVC and its overall record was the best in the Santoro era, which began in 2009.

On the women’s side, Quincy was voted as the preseason pick to win the GLVC behind ten first place votes and 233 total points. William Jewel (209 points, 2 first place votes) and Wisconsin-Parkside (200 points, 3 first place votes) rounded out the top three. Meanwhile, the Eagles fell to ninth in the preseason rankings following a 10-7-1 record and sixth place finish in the GLVC last season under Head Coach Krissy Engelbrecht.

The men open its regular season on Sept. 5, at Cedarville before returning to campus to take on Kentucky Wesleyan in the home opener on Sept. 8. The ladies open their regular-season campaign at home on Sept. 7, against Ohio Dominican.