Men's soccer tabbed sixth by NAC coaches
Athletics - posted on 8/18/2009
The Lakeland men's soccer team has been picked to finish sixth by the Northern Athletics Conference head coaches, as the conference announced the 2009 NAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll late Monday.
The Muskies, who totaled 80 points, have been selected to place in the same spot as they did last season with an 6-3-2 league record and an 8-7-2 overall mark. As the NAC Tournament's No. 6 seed, Lakeland was defeated 3-1 in a hard-fought battle with tournament finalist Aurora.
The 2008 team recorded the program's first winning season since 1994 and concluded the year with an unbeaten home record (4-0-2). The Muskies also set school records in goals (51) and assists (33) in one season.
Lakeland returns a pair of all-conference performers in senior forward Ryan Malo (Beach Park, Ill.) and freshman goalkeeper Ross Soukup (Plymouth). Malo, who led the team with six assists to go along with 10 goals, received second team accolades. Soukup garnered All-Freshman team honors after finishing with a 2.06 goals against average and 70 saves. Senior forward Ted Cormier (Green Bay), who posted 13 goals and six straight contests with at least one goal, also returns.
Three-time defending conference champion Dominican, which is ranked 19th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Division III preseason poll, received 11 of the 12 first-place votes and tallied 143 points, 20 more than Concordia, Wis., which was picked second.
See below for the complete 2009 NAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll.
2009 NAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses):
1. Dominican (11), 143
2. Concordia Wisconsin, 123
3. Aurora (1), 118
4. Edgewood, 107
5. MSOE, 88
6. Lakeland, 80
7. Marian, 68
Wisconsin Lutheran, 68
9. Benedictine, 49
10. Maranatha, 41
11. Concordia Chicago, 37
12. Rockford, 14
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