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Scots Picked 5th in USA South Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

Scots Picked 5th in USA South Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The Covenant men's soccer team has been selected to finish 5th in the USA South Athletic Conference preseason coaches' poll, announced the conference on Wednesday.

Methodist took eight of the 10 first-place votes, and 80 points overall, to capture the top spot in the poll. Last season, the Monarchs claimed the school's first-ever USA South Tournament title. Greensboro was selected to finish second, with one first-place vote, N.C. Wesleyan, Averett and Covenant round out the top five.

Last season, Covenant finished 10-10-1 and runner-up in the NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament. The Scots return several key players from last year's squad including Matt Hudnut, Garrison Dale and keeper Shuler Polk.

This season will be Covenant's first as a member of the USA South and the first as a full-fledged member of NCAA Division III. All Covenant teams are now eligible for postseason play and awards.

"We are excited about competing in the USA South conference which has an automatic qualifier," said head coach Nathan Pifer, who will enter his fifth season at Covenant. "Our history with these teams has been good and we feel that we will be competitive enough to have a chance at winning a conference championship. We know there are no easy games and we will prepare for that challenge."

The top eight teams in the final regular season conference standings will move on to the conference tournament beginning November 2 at higher seeds. The final four teams remaining after the first weekend will travel to Martinsville, Va., to finish the tournament and crown the 2013 champion with an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Covenant begins its season on August 30 with a road match at Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

For the complete USA South release, click here

2013 USA South Men's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1.

Methodist (8)

80

2.

Greensboro (1)

68

3.

N.C. Wesleyan

66

4.

Averett (1)

59

5.

Covenant

44

6.

Maryville

39

7.

Ferrum

37

8.

Piedmont

27

9.

Huntingdon

20

10.

LaGrange

10

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