August 17, 2012

Men’s Soccer Coaches Believe Standings Will Stay the Same in 2012

2012 NWC Men's Soccer Coaches' Pre-Season Poll:

2011 records

School

(1st)

Pts.

All

NWC

1. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)

(5)

50

15-4

12-2

2. Whitworth (Wash.)

(2)

45

14-3-1

12-2

3. Puget Sound (Wash)

(1)

39

11-6

10-4

4. Whitman (Wash.)

 

30

9-8-2

9-5

5. Willamette (Ore.)

 

27

6-9-2

5-8-1

6. Pacific (Ore.)

 

20

5-12-1

5-8-1

7. Linfield (Ore.)

 

13

2-14-1

1-12-1

8. George Fox (Ore.)

 

8

2-15-1

0-13-1

(First-place votes in parenthesis. Points awarded on 8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.  Coaches cannot vote for their own team).

Coaches picked the 2012 Northwest Conference men’s soccer standings to finish just as they did in 2011.  Co-champions from a year ago, Pacific Lutheran and Whitworth, are the frontrunners with 50 points and 45 points, respectively.

The Lutes, ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire DIII Men’s Soccer National Preseason poll. had five first place points.   They will be led by NWC Coach of the Year John Yorke.  Pacific Lutheran will have to fill the offensive void created by the graduation of Spencer Augustin and Chad Kearns, the NWC’s top two leading scorers last season.

Whitworth finished with two first place points even though they graduated all seven All-NWC players from a year ago, including six First Team selections.  The Pirates will be led by sophomore honorable mention All-NWC selections Robby Ubben (F) and Colin Shockman (D). 

Puget Sound is third in the poll with 33 points and the final first place vote.  Senior Second Team All-NWC goalkeeper Chris McDonald will once again anchor the Loggers’ defense, while fellow Second Team selections Carson Swope (M) and Andrew White (F) will pace the offense.

Whitman (30 points) and Willamette (27 points) are fourth and fifth in the poll.  First Team All-NWC forward Leland Matthaeus will be the leading returnee for Whitman.  The Bearcats return Second Team All-NWC forwards senior Erik Kaufman and junior Adan Vazquez. 

Pacific’s 20 points put them in sixth place.  The Boxers are coming off of an injury-plagued campaign in 2011, where the team started 18 different lineups.  Honorable mention selection Alex Arrington (M) will lead the Boxers. 

Linfield (13 points) is followed by George Fox (8 points) in seventh and eighth place. Linfield welcomes new head coach Chuck Bechtol, a 1992 Linfield graduate.  Sophomore honorable mention selection forward Luke Hammer returns for the Bruins. 

The season begins on August 26th when Pacific hosts Fraser Valley.

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