Monarchs Soccer Receives Votes in College Soccer News Preseason Poll

August 05, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Aug. 5, 2003

The Old Dominion men's soccer team received votes in a national preseason poll by College Soccer News magazine. In the poll the Monarchs are ranked just outside the top 30 in the nation.

ODU is coming off a 2002 campaign in which they won their first NCAA Division I Tournament match, advancing for the first time to the second round of the NCAA College Cup. The Monarchs blanked former Colonial Athletic Association foe, the University of Richmond, 3-0 at home in the first round. In the second round, ODU fell to number one seed Wake Forest in a close 1-0 decision.

Also in 2002, rising senior Attila Vendegh (Bratislava, Slovakia) became the most prolific scorer in school history by the breaking the records for most career goals and most career points. After last season's 16 goal and seven assist performance, the two-time CAA Player of the Year now has 46 goals, 16 assists and 108 career points.

Head Coach Alan Dawson, who is entering his seventh season with the Monarchs, led ODU to a 10-9-1 record last season. He is now 58-43-8 at Old Dominion including two regular season conference championships. In 15 seasons as a collegiate head coach Dawson has compiled a record of 187-73-18.

Old Dominion was last ranked nationally in 1999 when they were voted 13th in the nation in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSAA) November 8th poll.

Maryland is the preseason number one pick with UCLA and St. John's rounding out the top three. Reigning CAA Champion Virginia Commonwealth, who also received votes, was the only other conference school in the poll.

Nationally ranked ODU opponents for this year include #4 Wake Forest, #5 Stanford and #18 California.

College Soccer News 2003 Pre-Season Top 30 National Rankings

1. Maryland 2. UCLA 3. St. John's 4. Wake Forest 5. Stanford 6. SMU 7. Penn State 8. Creighton 9. Furman 10. Indiana 11. Wisconsin-Milwaukee 12. Notre Dame 13. Clemson 14. Boston College 15. Connecticut 16. St. Louis 17. Pennsylvania 18. California 19. U.C. Santa Barbara 20. New Mexico 21. Virginia 22. Coastal Carolina 23. Washington 24. Duke 25. Portland 26. Northeastern 27. San Diego 28. UAB 29. Michigan 30. Bradley

Others Who Received Votes: North Carolina, Loyola Marymount, Fairleigh Dickinson, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Oregon State, American, South Florida, Charlotte, Ohio State, Yale, Cal State Northridge, San Francisco, South Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth,Cincinnati, Akron