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KIAC Preseason Poll

Point Park men's soccer on top of the 2013 KIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

Aug. 13, 2013 at 4:45 p.m. ET

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Romida Nanko and the Pioneers are the 2013 KIAC men's soccer preseason favorite. Photo by Evan Skowvron.

KIAC RELEASE (AUG. 13)

 

PITTSBURGH -- Defending champion Point Park University is on top of the 2013 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll announced by the KIAC office on Tuesday (Aug. 13).

The Pioneers, who were 11-7-0 overall and unbeaten at 4-0-0 in the KIAC last year on their way to the KIAC / GCAC Unaffiliated Tournament title, were a near-unanimous choice as the conference favorite for 2013 after voting was conducted by the league coaches.

Point Park received four out of a possible five first-place votes. And since coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team, the only first-place vote that went to another school was Pioneers head coach Jeroen Walstra casting his ballot for last year's KIAC runner-up Asbury (Ky.).

Point Park beat Asbury (12-7-1, 2-1-1 KIAC in 2012), 5-4, in the KIAC / GCAC Tournament finals last year at home. The Pioneers also won the KIAC regular season title with a perfect record in conference play.

Point Park is first of five teams in the poll with 16 points followed by Asbury with 11, Brescia (Ky.) with 10, Berea (Ky.) with eight and Cincinnati Christian with five. The order this preseason is the same as the final standings of 2012.

"They have a lot of trust in us to win the KIAC, and we don't want to let them down," said Walstra, who was the KIAC Coach of the Year in 2012. "But this is not decided in the preseason. There are a lot of games to be played."

The Pioneers made it to their first-ever NAIA national tournament last year by virtue of their conference tournament title. Point Park has 6 of 11 starters and 10 of 16 letter winners returning from last year.

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2013 KIAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

School

Points

Point Park (4)

16

Asbury (1)

11

Brescia

10

Berea

8

Cincinnati Christian

5