NEW HAVEN, Conn. - - For the third year in a row the Wilmington University men's soccer team has been selected atop the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, earning one first place vote and 149 points as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
The Wildcats finished third in the CACC regular season last year, closing the year out with a 10-6-3 overall mark and a 9-3 record in the CACC. They fell in the CACC Tournament Quarterfinal round a season ago.
The Wildcats narrowly bested Jefferson to stand alone atop the 2018 CACC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll, as the reigning regular season champion Rams earned three first place votes and 148 total points for second place. Reigning CACC Tournament Champions and Delaware neighbors Goldey-Beacom placed third with a conference high eight first place votes and 147 total points.
Bloomfield College is the final team expected to host a CACC Tournament Quarterfinal game, finishing fourth in the poll with 124 points.
Post garnered the final first place vote for the 2018 Preseason Coaches Poll, taking 111 points to finish fifth overall. Georgian Court (107 points), Caldwell (76), and Nyack (70) round out the expected participants in the 2018 CACC Tournament by placing sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.
Dominican earned 63 points to finish just outside the expected CACC Tournament while Chestnut Hill (48 points), Holy Family (45), Felician (44), and Concordia (40) round out the 2018 CACC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll.
The Wildcats' season begins with four road games, starting with a trip to Millersville on Thursday, August 30. The Wildcats home opener is set for Wednesday, September 12 against NYIT at 4:00 p.m. at the WU Athletics Complex.
2018 CACC MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
1. Wilmington University – 149 pts (1 first place vote)
2. Jefferson – 148 (3)
3. Goldey-Beacom College – 147 (8)
4. Bloomfield College – 124
5. Post University – 111 (1)
6. Georgian Court University – 107
7. Caldwell University – 76
8. Nyack College – 70
9. Dominican College – 63
10. Chestnut Hill College – 48
11. Holy Family University – 45
12. Felician University – 44
13. Concordia College – 40