The University of Redlands men’s soccer team has been tabbed the favorite in a balloting of conference coaches. The Bulldogs received eight of nine first-place votes for a total of 10 points.
The second place nod went to Chapman (25 points) with Occidental third (29). Rounding out the order were University of La Verne (34), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (35), Pomona-Pitzer (42), Whittier (56), Cal Lutheran (59) and Caltech (71).
The Bulldogs won both the regular season and SCIAC postseason tournaments last year. Redlands finished 17-4-2 overall and 12-3-1 in conference competition. It advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a first-round victory over Whitworth (Wash.).
The Bulldogs return four first-team All-SCIAC honorees – junior defender Keoni Yates, junior forward Chase Boone, junior midfielder Casey ChubbFertal and sophomore Kayvon Parsa, who was also named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year.
Redlands will play an exhibition game against NCAA Division II opponent Cal State Dominguez Hills on Thursday.
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s soccer team had a storybook season last year in finishing as national runner-up. Well a lot will be expected this year too as the Broncos start the new season ranked fourth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division II poll.
The Broncos tied the school records last season with 17 wins for the second-consecutive season and later secured their NCAA Postseason victory with a 1-0 victory over Cal State Los Angeles. They also went on to win the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament and the West Region title.
In the national semifinal the Broncos topped No. 5 Rockhurst 1-0, then fell in the National Championship game to Pfeiffer.
Cal Poly graduated eight players but a strong returning group is led by Eshel Chardon, Mathew Perez, Sergi Monso and Nadeer Ghantous.
The Broncos open the new season on Sept. 1 with a 4:30 p.m. home game against Montana State-Billings.
Here is the link to the entire national poll.
The University of Redlands men’s soccer team will start the season ranked No. 21 in NCAA Division III by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA).
Such rankings are usually based heavily on a team’s showing the previous year. Last year the Bulldogs won both the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) regular-season championship and the SCIAC Postseason Tournament title and finished 17-4-2 overall.
The Bulldogs return four first-team All-SCIAC honorees – junior defender Keoni Yates, junior forward Chase Boone, junior midfielder Casey Chubb-Fertal and sophomore Kayvon Parsa, who was also named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year.
Redlands opens new season with an exhibition game in Carson against Division II Cal State Dominguez Hills at 7 p.m. on Aug.25.
The Bulldogs then face Fontbonne University (Mo.) on Sunday, Sept. 4 in the first home contest of the season.