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Kenyon Picked First In 2022 NCAC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

Kenyon Picked First In 2022 NCAC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

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CLEVELAND, OH –
 Six-time defending North Coast Athletic Conference champion Kenyon was tabbed as the favorite in the race for the 2022 men's soccer championship according to preseason balloting of the league coaches.

The Owls collected seven of the nine possible first-place votes and 79 points overall. Ohio Wesleyan was picked second after garnering one first-place vote and 71 total points, while Denison was selected third, collecting the final first-place vote and 64 points overall. Wabash was tabbed fourth with 50 points, followed by DePauw (37) in fifth, Oberlin (36) and Wooster (36) in a tie for sixth, Wittenberg (23) in eighth and Hiram (9) in ninth.

Kenyon finished 2021 with the team's 12th conference title in program history and a 16-3-1 overall record. In 17 seasons, head coach Chris Brown has compiled the most wins in program history and a 219-70-35 overall record, including nine NCAA tournament appearances. 2021 All-NCAC members returning this season include first-team midfielders Scott Upton (Perrysburg, OH/St. Francis DeSales) and Gerardo Martinez (Houston, TX/J. Frank Dole). Upton, a senior, started all 19 games he played in last season, posting six goals and a career-high seven assists. Martinez, the 2021 NCAC Newcomer of the Year, led the NCAC with nine assists, while also adding five goals for the Owls. Senior defender Luke Muther (Concord, NH/Brooks School) returns after a 2021 campaign that resulted in being named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. Muther and All-NCAC second-team junior defender Aidan Burns (Newfield, NJ/Delsea Regional) played a big role within a Kenyon defensive unit that yielded just 15 goals in 20 games, logged seven shutouts and posted a team goals against average of .750. Also returning are second-team senior forwards Sebastian Gaese (Frankfurt am Main, Germany/Ziehenschule) and Sam Carson (Denver, CO/Denver East). Gaese led the Owls with a conference-high 12 goals last season, including three game-winners against Transylvania, Wabash and DePauw. Carson compiled six goals last season, including the deciding tallies against Marietta, Wooster and Oberlin. According to United Soccer Coaches Division III preseason poll, Kenyon enters the 2022 season ranked No. 17, while Ohio Wesleyan has been tabbed No. 21.

The 2022 NCAC men's soccer season begins Sept. 1, with seven conference teams playing in non-conference action. The first day of NCAC play is scheduled to kick off on Sept. 24 with three league matchups, Wabash at Oberlin, DePauw at Wittenberg and Wooster at Hiram.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of nine academically selective colleges and universities - Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate members, Allegheny College and Earlham College in the sport of field hockey. The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.   

 

 

2022 North Coast Athletic Conference
Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

1.

Kenyon (7)

79

2.

Ohio Wesleyan (1)

71

3.

Denison (1)

64

4.

Wabash

50

5.

DePauw

37

T6.

Oberlin

36

T6.

Wooster

36

8.

Wittenberg

23

9.

Hiram

9