YORK, Pa. – With the expansion of the Capital Athletic Conference last year, men's soccer has become one of the toughest conferences in the country. The men's soccer coaches of the CAC have voted this year and put together the 2014 CAC men's soccer preseason poll; Salisbury University landed third.
The Sea Gulls, who received one first-place vote, registered 69 points in the poll to close out the top three. Salisbury went a perfect 8-0 last season in the conference to be crowned regular-season champions. Returning 22 players in 2014 will help make the Gulls a top contender for the conference, as they work toward their eighth CAC title.
Christopher Newport University claimed four first-place votes and 73 points to land the second spot on the poll. Entering the conference for the first time in 2013, the Captains went 6-2 in the regular season, falling to just Salisbury and York College of Pennsylvania. CNU landed the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament where it advanced to the semifinals against the Spartans, falling in penalty kicks, 3-1.
York comes in at the top of the poll, receiving five first-place votes and 77 points, after hoisting the CAC trophy in 2013. In one of the biggest rivalries in Division III soccer, Salisbury and York faced off in the conference title match last season. A hard-fought battle gave the Spartans the edge in a 1-0 decision at the SU Soccer Complex.
The season starts up Friday, August 29 for the Sea Gulls, as Patrick Henry College, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and the State University of New York at Brockport all travel to Salisbury to compete in the annual Elmer Lord Soccer Classic. The Gulls will take on Patrick Henry in the first game of the tournament Friday at 3 p.m., at the SU Soccer Complex.
To view the complete poll and preseason video created by the CAC, click here.