August 10, 2007
Men's Soccer Tabbed Fourth in Pre-Season SAC Poll
ROCK HILL, SC -- Lincoln Memorial University, which advanced to the NCAA Division II men’s soccer semifinals last season, is the favorite to win the 2007 South Atlantic Conference championship in a vote of the league coaches. Catawba was picked fourth in the poll and had three pre-season all-conference picks.
Senior midfielder Ryan Villiard was the lone first team selection for Catawba on the pre-season squad. He ranked sixth in the league in assists per match last year. Villiard earned second team All-SAC honors and was a Daktronics first team All-Appalachian Region selection. Sophomores Matt Halton and Andrew Landry were second team All-SAC picks as freshman and are on the pre-season second team.
Catawba returns 10 starters and 16 letterwinners from last year’s team that earned its third straight trip to the NCAA II Regional Tournament. Landry is the top returning goal scorer after notching seven with five assists in his freshman campaign. Halton started 20 matches on defense, helping the Tribe to four shutouts. Catawba will open its season on Tuesday, August 28 at Pfeiffer. The Indians first home match will be against Wheeling Jesuit on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial received five first-place votes and 61 total points. The Railsplitters were 15-2-3 overall last season, but were not eligible for the conference championship. Lincoln Memorial returns nine starters off last year’s team which made a run at the national title, including five who were named to the preseason All-Conference team. Lenoir-Rhyne College picked up the other three first-place votes and finished second in the poll with 56 points. The Bears went 19-1-1 last year, winning the Food Lion SAC Tournament championship before ending their season in the Appalachian Region finals with a 1-1 tie against Lincoln Memorial. LMU advanced to the quarterfinals by penalty kicks.
2007 SAC MEN’S SOCCER COACHES POLL
Pl. School - Pts.
1. Lincoln Memorial (5) - 61
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (3) - 56
3. Carson-Newman - 49
4. Catawba - 35
5. Wingate - 28
6. Tusculum - 25
7. Newberry - 23
8. Mars Hill - 11
(First place votes in parenthesis)
2007 PRESEASON ALL-SAC
F - Omar Cooke, Carson-Newman
F - Luis Carrizosa, Lenoir-Rhyne
F - Debola Ogunseye, Newberry
F - Daniel Waymont, Mars Hill
MF - Ryan Villiard, CATAWBA
MF - Aaron Wheeler, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF - Edsel Rudder, Newberry
MF - Matthew Lee, Lenoir-Rhyne
D - Thomas Ostvold, Carson-Newman
D - Everardo Flores, Carson-Newman
D - Jeff Bell, Newberry
D - Kerrin Sheldon, Wingate
GK - Brent Cole, Lincoln Memorial
F - Amar Brkic, Lenoir-Rhyne
F - Andrew Landry, CATAWBA
F - Leandro Pereira, Lincoln Memorial
F - Junior Nyemb, Wingate
MF - Gary Higgins, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF - Leonardo de Barros, Lincoln Memorial
MF - Gareth Williams, Tusculum
MF - Claudio Rico, Lincoln Memorial
D - Felipe Nogueira, Lincoln Memorial
D - Matt Halton, CATAWBA
D - Rondon Bacchus, Mars Hill
D - Kyle Rudder, Newberry
GK - Josiah Larson, Mars Hill
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3)
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3)
Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4)
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4)
Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17
Volleyball @ Coker 1-3
Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1
Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1
Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2
Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8
Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1)
Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd
Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7
Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20
Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3
Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3
Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3
Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)
Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17
Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17
Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1
Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4
Football vs. WINGATE 24-27
Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3
Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2
Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)
Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13
Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16
Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5
Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8
Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1
Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0
Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7
Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164
Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172
Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3
Cross Country @ SAC Championships 9 a.m.
Volleyball @ Tusculum 12:30 p.m.
Swimming @ Wingate 2 p.m.
Football @ Tusculum 2:30 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 5 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 7:30 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.
Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.
Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.
Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.
Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.
Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.
Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.
Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.
Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)
Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)
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