Milwaukee Checks In At Second In Preseason Poll
Aug 15, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's soccer team has been picked by league coaches to place second in the upcoming Horizon League regular season, according to the results of the preseason poll announced today by the league office.
"It is interesting to see how others perceive us, especially compared to the previous season," head coach Kris Kelderman said. "It's exciting that other coaches and programs think fairly highly of us at the moment. But, as we all know, what really matters is where we are at the end of the season. You never know - our conference is extremely competitive and it's tough to tell who is going to step up and prevail. You just always have to be playing your best soccer or you will get beat in our conference."
Cleveland State, the tournament champion in 2012, took the top spot this year with 41 points and three first-place votes. There was no clear-cut consensus at the top, as the Vikings were the only league team to garner more than one first-place vote, with five other teams earning at least one.
The Panthers were second, compiling 34 points (and one first-place vote), tied with league-newcomer Oakland, who also had the same 34 and one point and vote totals.
Detroit and UIC tied for fourth, both with 30 points and one first-place vote, while Wright State also grabbed one vote and was sixth with 25 points.
Valparaiso was seventh with 23 points, while Green Bay rounded out the list with seven.
Milwaukee made a huge jump from last year's poll, where it was selected seventh. The Panthers finished with a winning record in the regular season for the first time in seven years and return five of their top seven scorers and nine players that started at least 10 games in 2012.
"A lot of expectations are based on recruiting classes and guys stepping up," Kelderman said. "But that's always a question mark, as you can be excited about your recruits coming in, but the majority of those groups are made up of young guys. It's always a wait-and-see type thing, but we are excited about the upcoming season. We feel we are going to be better and we are fine with putting that pressure on ourselves. The question mark is how much better will we be than last year."
2013 Horizon League Men's Soccer Coaches' Poll
1. Cleveland State (3) - 41
T2. Milwaukee (1) - 34
T2. Oakland (1) - 34
T4. Detroit (1) - 30
T4. UIC (1) - 30
6. Wright State (1) - 25
7. Valparaiso - 23
8. Green Bay - 7