ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The first-ever Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Assocation (MIAA) Men's Soccer Preseason Poll was announced today. Adrian College, under the guidance of head coach Chris LeFevre, was voted to finish fourth.
Defending co-champion Hope has been chosen the preseason favorite in the MIAA men's soccer race for the 2011 season.The Flying Dutchmen, who shared the MIAA title with Calvin last fall, received five of a possible eight first-place votes to nose out the Knights in the preseason coaches poll.
Olivet rounded out the top three spots. Following Adrian was Kalamazoo, Trine, Alma and Albion.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis):
1. Hope (5) 10
2. Calvin (3) 11
3. Olivet 21
4. Adrian 28
5. Kalamazoo 32
6. Trine 37
7. Alma 39
8. Albion 46
This year's season will feature the first-ever MIAA men's soccer tournament, with the top four teams in regular season conference play to advance to play the first weekend in November to determine the MIAA's representative to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Bulldogs open up regular season play Sept. 1 at Grove City. Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m.