Kenyon Nabs Top Spot in 2018 NCAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

Kenyon Men's Soccer secured six first-place votes, edging Ohio Wesleyan for the top ranking in the 2018 NCAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Kenyon Men's Soccer secured six first-place votes, edging Ohio Wesleyan for the top ranking in the 2018 NCAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll.

2018 NCAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) released its 2018 Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll and Kenyon was tabbed as the favorite. The Lords collected six first-place votes and 96 points after claiming the NCAC regular-season title (9-0-0) and advancing into the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament a season ago.

Ohio Wesleyan was selected second with 94 points and four first-place votes. The Bishops claimed the NCAC Tournament Championship last season after knocking off Kenyon in penalty kicks to make an NCAA-record 40th Division III Tournament appearance in 2017. Denison was tabbed third in the poll with 72 points, while Wabash (65 pts) and DePauw (58) rounded out the top five. Oberlin checked in at sixth with 56 points while Allegheny earned seventh, compiling 33 points. Hiram (31), Wooster (30) and Wittenberg (16) rounded out the 10-team field.

Kenyon enters the 2018 season under the direction of head coach Chris Brown. In 13 seasons at the helm, Brown has the most wins in program history with a 166-64-29 overall record and has led the Lords to six NCAA Tournament appearances. Kenyon returns All-NCAC first-team defender, Bret Lowry. Lowry helped anchor a defense that gave up a conference-low 13 goals in 22 matches last season. 

The 2018 NCAC men's soccer season begins on Aug. 31, with several teams competing in early season tournaments across the country. The first conference action of the season is scheduled for Sept. 21.

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. 

 

2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

1.

Kenyon (6)

96

2.

Ohio Wesleyan (4)

94

3.

Denison

72

4.

Wabash

65

5.

DePauw

58

6.

Oberlin

56

7.

Allegheny

33

8.

Hiram

31

9.

Wooster

30

10.

Wittenberg

16