Thomasville, NC- The Queens University of Charlotte men’s soccer team finds themselves in familiar territory, atop the CVAC men’s soccer poll as voted upon by CVAC head coaches. The Royals return a wealth of talent at both ends of the field and are looking forward to the season ahead. Coach Fred Norchi is extremely excited about the depth of the
The Men’s Soccer Team has competed in 3 NCAA tournaments (1999, 2002 and 2004), has won 5 CVAC Conference Tournaments, and owns 7 regular season CVAC titles. Last year the Royals claimed the CVAC regular season title with a 9-0-1 CVAC record to extend their regular season dominance by winning 5 of out the last 6 years titles. Overall they finished with a
Mount Olive begins defense of its first-ever CVAC Tournament Championship title, winning the championship as the No. 4 seed last year after tying for third to match its best regular season finish. The Trojans return 13 players with experience in the starting lineup, including six players who earned All-CVAC or All-Tournament honors in 2004.
Defensively, a rash of season-ending injuries last year blossomed into a deep pool of players with big game experience. Junior All-CVAC selections Michael Garrett and Charles Williams, along with senior sweeper Ryan Brown, give the Trojans experience and leadership on defense. Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Roush ranked in the top 30 in the nation in goals against average and was named MVP of last year’s CVAC Tournament.
Coaches voted in Belmont Abbey as the third team in the preseason soccer poll. The Crusaders are coming off a
The Crusaders return 12 players from last year’s squad and add 13 new players. Returning for The Abbey are senior Sean O’Connor, who will be one of the top keepers in the CVAC, and sophomore Luis Arrieta, who posted ten goals last season despite several injuries. Included in this year’s recruiting class is freshman Kyle Fenner who played on the Dallas Texans Under 18-team that won the USYSA national championship.
The Abbey men’s soccer team is now under the direction of former assistant coach Stuart Brown. This is Brown’s first collegiate coaching position, but assisted former Crusader Head Coach Charles Morrow for two seasons and was director of coaching for the Gaston United Soccer Club during those two years. Coach Brown looks for continued success and improvement for his inaugural season at the helm.
Lees-McRae finished fourth in the poll with Barton & Erskine tied for fifth followed by Pfeiffer,
CVAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll (# of
1. Queens (6) 94
4. Lees-McRae 66
T-5. Barton 52
T-5. Erskine 52
7. Pfeiffer 49
9. Limestone 29
11. Coker 16