Phoenix Men's Soccer selected Seventh in MSC Preseason Coaches' Poll
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Phoenix Men's Soccer selected Seventh in MSC Preseason Coaches' Poll

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Phoenix men's soccer has been selected seventh in the Mid-South Conference Pre-Season Polls, announced by the league office Thursday. 

Cumberland is coming off of one of their worst seasons in recent history only winning eight games, but the Phoenix struggled to keep a lot of players healthy throughout last season. The Phoenix has seven seniors on this year's roster and are returning 10 starters. 

The Phoenix are returning three-time First Team Mid-South Conference and NAIA All-American Tyler Watson, two-time Mid-South Conference performers Bakary Bagayoko and Martin Walsh, and Mid-South Conference Second Team performer last season Joaquin Carillo. 

Cumberland also returns a wealth of talented players with a lot of experience in defenders Austin Morenzoni, Aidan Doherty, and Cathal Coyne. Midfielders Brandon Gonzalez, Daniel Picken, Wilson Musyoka, and Abdulkhalik Abdi and goalkeeper Nicklas Rulle. 

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) has been selected as the preseason favorite to capture the Mid-South Conference Men’s Soccer regular-season crown. The Blue Raiders received 113 voting points and six first-place votes from the conference coaches.

Last season, Lindsey Wilson captured the MSC Tournament Championship and managed to make a run to the 2019 NAIA National Semifinals, closing out the season with a 16-4-1 (7-1 MSC) record.

Life (Ga.) is second in the preseason poll with 112 voting points and five of the first-place votes. The Running Eagles captured the 2019 MSC regular-season championship.

Bethel (Tenn.) gathered 97 points in the poll for third-place and is one of three new additions to the conference. Campbellsville (Ky.) received 89 voting points for fourth while the second of three newly added members, Martin Methodist (Tenn.), picked up 81 points and the final first-place vote for fifth in the poll.

Cumberlands (Ky.) received 78 voting points for sixth followed by Cumberland (Tenn.) in seventh with 62 points. Georgetown (Ky.) is eighth in the poll with 49 voting points while Shawnee State (Ohio) is ninth with 45.

Thomas More (Ky.) picked up 25 points for 10th in the coaches’ poll with Pikeville (Ky.) just two points shy with 23 for 11th in the poll. New member, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) rounds out the poll in 12th with 18 voting points.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

The MSC regular-season conference schedule is set to kick-off in February with the 2020-21 MSC Men’s Soccer Tournament Championship slated for April 1-10 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

 

2020-21 Mid-South Conference Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Pos.

Team

Points (First-Place Votes)

2019 Record (MSC)

1.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

113 (6)

16-4-1 (7-1)

2.

Life (Ga.)

112 (5)

12-5-1 (8-0)

3.

Bethel (Tenn.)

97

14-5-2*

4.

Campbellsville (Ky.)

89

12-5-1 (5-3)

5.

Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

81 (1)

14-8*

6.

Cumberlands (Ky.)

78

10-7-2 (5-3)

7.

Cumberland (Tenn.)

62

8-9 (3-5)

8.

Georgetown (Ky.)

49

14-5 (4-4)

9.

Shawnee State (Ohio)

45

9-9-1 (2-5-1)

10.

Thomas More (Ky.)

25

5-10-1 (0-7-1)

11.

Pikeville (Ky.)

23

5-11-1 (1-7)

12.

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

18

6-8-2*

*First Year of MSC Play