Preseason poll predicts UCCS to finish seventh in eight-team RMAC

By Doug Fitzgerald published August 18, 2009

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs menâ€TMs soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the eight-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference according to the 2009 preseason coachesâ€TM poll, which was released Tuesday.

The Mountain Lions, who had 40 points, received either five sixth-place and two fifth-place votes or six sixth place and one fourth-place vote. Coaches ranked teams from 1-7, omitting their own team.

Sophomore Matt Friesen, who had eight goals and four assists this past season, returns for UCCS along with six other started from 2008â€TMs 5-12-2 squad (3-10-1 in conference play).

Fort Lewis is picked to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title, as voted by the leagueâ€TMs eight head menâ€TMs soccer coaches. The Skyhawks won the 2008 RMAC championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Division II menâ€TMs soccer tournament.

The Skyhawks received six first place votes, while landing five players on the preseason all-conference team. Olgie Kennedy is the interim head coach this season, replacing Tim Hankinson who is now coaching a professional team in India.

Metro State is predicted to finish second, the Roadrunners also went to last yearâ€TMs NCAA tournament and are led by Preseason Player of the Year Steven Emory (Fort Collins).

Colorado Mines is third, followed by CSU-Pueblo, Regis, Mesa State, UCCS and Colorado Christian. Adams State begins menâ€TMs soccer this year, but will not play an RMAC schedule until 2010.

The top four teams in the regular season advance to the RMAC tournament, which will be played on November 5th and 7th. Three weeks prior to the championships the top team in the league at that time with an acceptable bid will host the tournament.

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