MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team was picked to finish second in the Northeast-10 standings this season, according to the NE10 Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released by the league office Friday.
The Penmen collected three first-place votes and 129 points to finish just behind defending NE10 Champion Adelphi University, which earned the other 10 first-place votes and 142 points. Le Moyne College, which shared the NE 10 Regular-Season Championship with Adelphi a year ago, slotted in third with 126 points, while Franklin Pierce University picked up 103 points to edge Southern Connecticut State University (98) for fourth place.
Assumption College (89), American International College (82), the College of Saint Rose (67), Bentley University (54), Stonehill College (50), the University of New Haven (37), Saint Michael's College (25) and Saint Anselm College (12) rounded out the remainder of the poll.
Head coach Josh Taylor, entering his 12th season with the program and his fifth as head coach, will look to build off last year's NE10 Championship semifinal appearance and guide the program back to the NCAA Tournament. The team had the nation's longest NCAA appearance streak snapped last season despite a 13-4-2 overall record.
The Penmen return three of their top five scorers from last season, including graduate student Alex Satrustegui (Pamplona, Spain), who posted 40 points on 19 goals and two assists in just 14 matches to earn a plethora of awards, including Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-America Second Team, D2CCA East All-Region First Team, United Soccer Coaches All-East Region First Team, Northeast-10 Player of the Year and NE10 All-Conference First Team. Junior Nadjib Chibout (Lyon, France) is also back up front after scoring four goals and dishing six assists for 14 points, en route to NE10 Third Team accolades. Fellow junior Kiko Hernandez (Madrid, Spain), a United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Third Team and NE10 Second Team pick returns to the midfield, while classmate and NE10 Third Teamer Jannik Mohr (Koblenz, Germany) helps bolster the back line. SNHU will have a new goalkeeper following the graduation of Daniel Milton, who started all 19 matches a year ago.
The Penmen open up the 2019 season Thursday, Sept. 5 (7 p.m.) when they take on Queens (N.Y.) College in their first of five September road matches. SNHU opens its home slate Wednesday, Sept. 11 (7 p.m.) by playing host to Post University at Penmen Stadium, before going back on the road for four of the next five.
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2019 NE10 Preseason Men's Soccer Coaches' Poll
1. Adelphi – 142 (10)
2. Southern New Hampshire – 129 (3)
3. Le Moyne – 126
4. Franklin Pierce – 103
5. Southern Connecticut – 98
6. Assumption – 89
7. American Int'l – 82
8. Saint Rose – 67
9. Bentley – 54
10. Stonehill – 50
11. New Haven – 37
12. Saint Michael's – 25
13. Saint Anselm - 12
(#) – indicates first-place votes