Soccer Monarchs 21st In Pre-Season NSCAA/Adidas Poll & 1st In CAA Poll
By ODU Athletics
Aug. 14, 2007
NORFOLK, VA--The Old Dominion University men's soccer team are ranked 21st in the pre-season NSCAA/adidas coaches poll which was released today. The CAA coaches picked ODU to win the league crown.
The Monarchs, who reached the round of 16 in last year's NCAA College Cup return seven starters from last year's squad and will play four of the nation's pre-season top 25 teams.
Leading the Monarchs this season will be 6-4 senior defender and captain, David Horst, the 2006 CAA Defender of the Year. Horst is one of 29 candidates named by the nation's coaches to the Hermann Award watch list which is college soccer's Player of the Year award. Horst was also selected to the second team pre-season All-American squad by COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS, which ranked ODU 27th in their Pre-season poll.
ODU opens the regular season on Aug. 31 against #3 Wake Forest in North Carolina's Tournament, then #16 UNC on Sept. 2. The Monarchs will also play at #9 Maryland on Sept. 19 and at #20 and CAA rival Towson on Oct. 21.
The Monarchs knocked off North Carolina in the NCAA second round last year. The CAA had four teams in last year's tournament with both ODU and Towson reaching the "Sweet 16." The Monarchs lost to eventual national champion UC Santa Barbara, 2-1.
ODU has advanced to five straight NCAA Tournaments.
NSCAA/ADIDAS Coaches Pre-season Top 25 1. UC Santa Barbara 2. UCLA 3. Wake Forest 4. Duke 5. Virginia 6. Santa Clara 7. Indiana 8. SMU 9. Maryland 10. Notre Dame 11. California 12. Clemson 13. West Virginia 14. Northwestern 15. New Mexico 16. North Carolina 17. St. John's 18. Washington 19. Lehigh 20. Towson 21. Old Dominion 22. St. Louis 23. UNC Greensboro 24. Harvard 25. UCONN
2007 CAA Pre-Season Coaches Poll 1. ODU 2. Hofstra 3. George Mason 4. Towson 5. VCU 6. JMU UNC Wilmington 8. William & Mary 9. Northeastern 10. Delaware 11. Drexel 12. Georgia State