Appalachian State University men’s soccer was tabbed to finish fifth in the
annual Southern Conference preseason coaches poll for the 2013 season, announced by the league office on Thursday.
Furman, which received 35 points and five-of-seven first-place votes, was projected to finish at the top of the conference followed closely by Elon, which earned 29 points and one first-place vote. Following the Phoenix was Georgia Southern with 23 points. UNCG tallied 21 points to finish fourth, while Appalachian State received 17 points including the last first-place vote.
Wofford (16) and Davidson (6) rounded out the remaining spots in the poll. With the releasing of the poll, the conference also released its preseason all-conference team.
Senior defender Harrison Delbridge was selected as a preseason all-conference honoree. Delbridge scored two goals last season and will be a key part of the Moutaineer back line in 2013.
The Mountaineers will finish their preseason schedule on Saturday with a home match against High Point, kick off is set for 7 p.m. Appalachian will open its regular season Friday, Aug. 30 at Appalachian Soccer Stadium against Marshall. That game time is set for 7 p.m.
2013 SoCon Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Furman 535
2. Elon 129
3. Georgia Southern 23
4. UNCG 21
5. Appalachian State 117
6. Wofford 16
7. Davidson 6
2013 SoCon Men's Soccer Preseason All-Conference
Matt Wescoe, Elon
Tyler Peoples, Furman
Carlos Dominguez Gonzalez, Wofford
Daniel Lovitz, Elon
Michael Gandier, Furman
Martin Ontiveros, Furman
Hunter Norton, Georgia Southern
Harrison Delbridge, Appalachian State
Reed Norton, Georgia Southern
Aaron Reifschneider, UNCG
Nathan Dean, Elon