Wilmington Men’s Soccer Tabbed Fourth with One First Place Vote in CACC Preseason Poll
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - New Haven, Conn.
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Tom Quaranta (9) and Todd Woll (16) head over to the sidelines to celebrate the lone goal of a 1-0 victory over Caldwell last season. Both return to lead the Wildcats in 2013. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
The Wilmington University men’s soccer team received one first place vote and 127 total points, good enough for fourth place, in the 2013 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Men’s Soccer Preseason poll, voted on by the league’s 13 head coaches.
The Wildcats finished strong in 2012, winning nine of their last 10 regular season matches to earn the fifth seed in the CACC Tournament. The team came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to overtake Bloomfield in the CACC Quarterfinals, but fell to regular season champion Post, 1-0, in the CACC Semifinals in Waterbury, Conn.
Post earned seven first place votes in the poll, totaling 157 points to be tabbed the favorite heading into this season. Dominican, who defeated Post in penalty kicks to claim the 2012 CACC Tournament Championship, trails Post by only six points and is in second with 151 points.
The next five schools in the poll each claimed at least one first place vote. Nyack came in with a first place vote and 130 points to claim the third spot, followed by Wilmington’s 127. Philadelphia received two first place votes and 118 total points to finish fifth. Bloomfield also received a first place vote and 105 points to stand in sixth. Holy Family received the final first place tally, collecting 96 total points for seventh place.
Caldwell earned 70 points to finish in eight place, good enough for a CACC Tournament berth if the standings held true at the end of the season. Felician came in with 65 points for ninth place, followed by Chestnut Hill with 62 points. Concordia sits in 11th with 51 points while Goldey-Beacom is in 12th with 33 points. First year program Georgian Court rounds out the CACC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll with 18 points.
The first portion of the Wildcats’ schedule will be another tough test, as the team begins the 2013 campaign on the road at Franklin Pierce. Before heading on the road again to take on LIU Post and Bridgeport, the team’s CACC and home-opener at the WU Athletics Complex will be on September 10 at 4 p.m. against Felician.
2013 CACC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll
1 – Post (7 first place votes), 157 points
2 – Dominican, 151
3 – Nyack (1), 130
4 – Wilmington (1), 127
5 – Philadelphia (2), 118
6 – Bloomfield (1), 105
7 – Holy Family (1), 96
8 – Caldwell, 70
9 – Felician, 65
10 – Chestnut Hill, 62
11 – Concordia, 51
12 – Goldey-Beacom, 33
13 – Georgian Court, 18