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August 22, 2012
NEWARK, Del. - - In a vote of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men’s soccer head coaches, the Wilmington University squad was selected to finish third according to the CACC 2012 Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll, announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
The Wildcats, coming off an 8-7-4 overall record, return 10 letterwinners from last season’s roster which earned the number two seed in the 2011 CACC Tournament with a 7-2-2 conference record.
Wilmington received 112 points with one first place vote to finish in a tie with Bloomfield in third place. Bloomfield also received 112 points with one first place vote. Defending CACC regular season champion Post comes in with the number one preseason position, totaling 127 points and four first place votes. Last season’s CACC Tournament Champion, Nyack, earned the most first place votes, 5, but tallied 119 points overall for second place. Dominican (106 points) rounds out the top 5.
Holy Family claimed the final first place vote and ended with 75 points for sixth place while Philadelphia follows in seventh place with 66 points. Chestnut Hill trails the Rams by one vote, finishing with 65 and in eighth place. Felician tallied 60 points, good enough for ninth place. Caldwell (44), Concordia (31) and Goldey-Beacom (17) round out the remaining CACC Preseason Poll.
Wilmington opens its season on the road on August 30 in the University of Bridgeport Classic against LIU Post at 4:00 p.m. The Wildcats will then turn around two days later and square off against host Bridgeport on Saturday under the lights at 7 p.m.
The team’s first home game is set for September 8 against Franklin Pierce at 2:00 p.m. That will be the first game on the new turf at the new athletic facility for the men’s soccer team.
2012 CACC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll:
1. Post – 127 points (4 first place votes)
2. Nyack – 119 (5)
T3. Bloomfield – 112 (1)
T3. Wilmington – 112 (1)
5. Dominican – 106
6. Holy Family – 75 (1)
7. Philadelphia – 66
8. Chestnut Hill – 65
9. Felician – 60
10. Caldwell – 44
11. Concordia – 31
12. Goldey-Beacom - 17