Men's Soccer: USA South preseason coaches poll announced

Men's Soccer: USA South preseason coaches poll announced

The USA South men's soccer preseason coaches poll was announced by the conference office Wednesday. LaGrange, starting its first season under new head coach Matthew Evans, was 10th in the 11-team poll.

Evans inherits a nucleus 10 of returning players for the 2014 season. He brings in a group of 14 talented newcomers to fill out the roster. Evans comes to LaGrange after four seasons leading the Florida College men's team.

Greensboro, which won the 2013 conference tournament title for the first time since 2007, was the coaches' pick in the poll. The Pride received five of the 11 first place votes and had 93 total points. Head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting.

The 2014 season marks the first for William Peace fielding a men's soccer team in the USA South. 

Last year's USA South regular season champions, Methodist, finished second in the balloting with 91 points and four first place votes. Maryville followed in third place with 81 points and a first place vote, while Covenant grabbed 79 points and the final remaining first place vote to finish fourth. Rounding out the top-half of the poll with 59 and 56 points, respectively, were N.C. Wesleyan and Averett.

The men's soccer regular season gets underway on Friday, Aug. 29 as Averett, Covenant and Huntingdon are in action. The Panthers open Saturday, Aug. 30 against Louisiana College in Jackson, Miss.

The semifinals and finals of the USA South Men's Women's Soccer Tournament will be held Nov. 7-8 in Martinsville, Va. at the Smith River Sports Complex. The first round games of the tournaments takes place Nov. 1 on the campuses of the higher seeded team. The top-eight seeded teams after the conclusion of regular season competition advance to the tournament.

2014 USA South Men's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1.

Greensboro (5)

93

2.

Methodist (4)

91

3.

Maryville (1)

81

4.

Covenant (1)

79

5.

N.C. Wesleyan

59

6.

Averett

56

7.

Ferrum

47

8.

Piedmont

39

9.

Huntingdon

27

10.

LaGrange

23

11.

William Peace

10