Soccer preseason poll released

By Doug Fitzgerald published August 14, 2007

The University of Colorado at Colorado at Colorado Springs soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference according to the preseason coaches' poll which was released Tuesday.

The Mountain Lions were picked ahead of first-year program Mesa State, which was seventh, and Colorado Christian, which went 0-16-2 in 2006.

UCCS returns leading scorer Bryan Stoeber, who registered seven goals and four assists this past season. Only seven other veterans return, including respected midfielder Jeff Bettner, but the other 19 players are all newcomers.

Metro State was picked to win the RMAC title, as voted by the league's eight head men's soccer coaches. The Roadrunners went to the NCAA Division II men's soccer tournament in 2006, losing to Fort Lewis is the first round. Roadrunner's senior Shaun Elbaum was named the preseason player of the year.

Metro State placed four players on the preseason All-RMAC team. Joining Elbaum were teammates Phil Owen, Garrett Sadusky and Mark Cromie. Metro State also had a preseason co-freshman of the Year, Steven Emory.

Fort Lewis was picked to finish second in the RMAC. The Skyhawks played in the NCAA Division II men's soccer national championship game in 2006, and won the national championship in 2005. The Skyhawks, who are led by new head coach Tim Hankinson, had three players named to the preseason all-conference team: Kieran
Hall, Jeff Jennings and Nick Kirchhof. Fort Lewis also has preseason co-freshman of the year Matt Dobbin.

Colorado Mines, which was selected to take third, is led by seniors Nick Kubala and Craig Thompson. Kubala is the preseason defensive player of the year.

CSU-Pueblo was picked to finish fourth, followed by Regis, UCCS, Mesa State and Colorado Christian.

The top four teams in the regular season advance to the RMAC tournament, which will be played at the site of the conference champion on Friday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 4.

2007 RMAC Men's Soccer
Preseason Poll
‘06 RMAC ‘06 Overall
# School (1st Pl. Votes) Points
1. Metro State (6) 8
2. Fort Lewis (1) 15
3. Colorado Mines (1) 18
4. CSU-Pueblo 24
5. Regis 33
6. UC-Colorado Springs 35
7. Mesa State* 43
8. Colorado Christian 48

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