KANSAS CITY, Kan. – With the season just 3 weeks away for the Salisbury University men's soccer team, they received some high praise from the teams across the nation Friday with the release of the preseason polls. The Sea Gulls came in ranked No. 19 in the nation according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Last year SU finished a success season with a 18-4 record on their way to making it all the way to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. They also went undefeated in conference play for just the 5th time in school history, claiming their 17th conference title.
At the top of the preseason poll is Messiah, followed by Rutgers University-Camden at No. 2, which was defeated by the Falcons in the 2013 national championship game. The Sea Gulls are joined by CAC-foe York College of Pennsylvania in the top 20, as the Spartans were placed 11th to start the year.
The season kicks off for the men on August 29, as Salisbury hosts the annual Elmer Lord Soccer Classic at the SU Soccer Complex. The Sea Gulls are set to compete against Patrick Henry College Friday at 3 p.m., followed by the State University of New York at Brockport on Saturday at 2 p.m.