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 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.
It was another banner year for the University of Redlands men’s soccer team. And so comes one of the honors that comes with that as head coach Ralph Perez has been named NSCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
The Bulldogs finished 17-4-2, including the program’s 13th Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) regular-season championship, its first NCAA tournament berth since 2011, and a first-round NCAA victory.
In his 10th year at the helm of the Bulldog men’s soccer program, Perez successfully developed the young talent on his roster while starting 20 different players throughout the season.
Redlands traveled to San Antonio, TX, as the lone SCIAC representative in the first round of the NCAA tournament and proceeded to upset the No. 10 Whitworth (Wash.). With Perez leading the come-from-behind effort, the Bulldogs fired off two second-half scores in the latter minutes of the contest to force overtime and eventually advance to the second round on a 3-2 decision.
Since arriving at Redlands in 2006, Perez has produced a winning record every season and has never surrendered more than five defeats in conference play.
This is his second West Region Coach of the Year selection, the first coming back in 2011.