HPU Men’s Soccer Picked Second In Big South Preseason Poll

Posted by Press Release on August 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The High Point University men’s soccer team was picked to finish second in the 2012 Big South Conference preseason poll, the league announced on Monday. HPU received 99 points overall to finish behind Coastal Carolina.

Coastal Carolina collected all 11 first-place votes and 121 points. The Chanticleers were the 2011 Big South Regular-Season Champions and earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. Finishing just behind High Point in third was Campbell with 94 points, followed by Liberty at No. 4 with 88 points. Gardner-Webb landed at No. 5 with 70 points and in at No. 6 was Radford with 68 points. Winthrop garnered 50 points to finish at in the seventh slot and Big South newcomer Longwood found itself at No. 8 with 48 points. UNC Asheville’s 39 points was good for No. 9 and Presbyterian College finished 10th in the voting with 25 points. VMI rounded out the list with 24 points.

The Panthers return eight starters from a 2011 team which finished with a 9-9-3 record. HPU went 4-0-1 in its final five games to finish with at least nine wins for the fourth consecutive season. Among the returners in 2012 are All-Big South honorees Shawn Sloan, Fejiro Okiomah and Adam Sewell.

High Point will host an exhibition game against Appalachian State on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m., before opening the season at Elon on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m.

2012 Big South Preseason Attacking Player of the Year
Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina

2012 Big South Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kjartan Sigurdsson, Coastal Carolina

2012 Big South Preseason Poll

   Team (First Place Votes)      Points
   Coastal Carolina (11)         121
   High Point                    99
   Campbell                      94
   Liberty                       88
   Gardner-Webb                  70
   Radford                       68
   Winthrop                      50
   Longwood                      48
   UNC Asheville                 39
   Presbyterian College          25
   VMI                           24

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