Kenyon has been selected as the preseason favorite based on balloting from league coaches heading into the 34th North Coast men’s soccer season.
The Lords, who posted a 20-3-0 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the second-straight season in 2016, earned eight of the first-place votes cast by league coaches to finish atop the poll with 98 total points. Ohio Wesleyan, coming off its NCAA-record 39th Division III NCAA Tournament appearance, earned one first-place vote and finished second in the poll with 81 points, while Wabash and Oberlin finished tied for third in the poll with 72 points. The Little Giants, who made its second NCAC Tournament appearance since 2014 last season, received the final first-place vote. DePauw rounded out the top-five in fifth with 71 points after making its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016. Denison checked in at sixth with 51 points and Allegheny earned the seventh position with 34 points. Hiram and Wooster tied in the poll at eighth with 28 points, while Wittenberg finished 10th with 15 points.
Kenyon enters the 2017 season under the direction of head coach Chris Brown for the 13th consecutive season. In 12 seasons at the helm, Brown has compiled the most wins in program history with a record of 150-61-26, which includes 142 victories over the past 10 seasons and five NCAA appearances during that time. The Lords, who are coming off their second-straight NCAC Title and their eighth overall, return five of their top six scorers from the 2016 squad, including 41 of the team's 60 total goals that led the NCAC a year ago. Leading the charge for Kenyon this fall is All-American performer, senior Henry Myers (Lebanon, OH/Archbishop Moeller), who accounted for six goals, five assists and 17 total points last season. Junior Brice Koval (Crested Butte, CO/Worcester Academy (MA)) and senior Woo Jeon (Madison, WI/West) join Myers on the offensive unit as the duo combined for 12 goals and nine assists in 2016. Defensively, Myers, who earned NCAC Defensive Player of the Year a season ago, is joined by All-Conference senior Oliver Wynn (Natick, MA/Natick) to anchor a backline that posted a league-leading 11 shutouts and limited opponents to 0.68 goals per game in 2016.
The 2017 NCAC men’s soccer season begins on September 1st, with several teams competing in early season tournaments across the country, while the first conference matches of the season are scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd. The 2017 NCAC Men’s Soccer Tournament will be held in November as semifinal matches will be contested on Wednesday the 1st and the championship match being played Saturday the 4th.
Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.
2017 North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
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