FGCU Men's Soccer Takes Top Spot in #ASun Preseason Poll
Thursday, August 15, 2013 | by Bruce Banko II (@BruceBanko)
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The three-time defending Atlantic Sun champion FGCU men’s soccer team was picked as the top conference team by the league head coaches in the 2013 A-Sun preseason poll that was unveiled on Thursday.

The Green and Blue were voted first by a staggering seven votes in the A-Sun preseason poll, above previously top ranked ETSU who only received one first-place vote this season.  Mercer, who took third in the poll, also received a single first place vote.

FGCU also secured three spots on the 12-man Preseason All-Conference squad with three sophomores adorning the list. Last year’s A-Sun Freshman of the Year, Felipe DeSousa (Tampa, Fla./Wharton HS), joined defender Aaron Guillen (El Paso, Texas/Coronado HS), and midfielder Rodrigo Saravia (Guatemala City, Guatemala/College Internacional Montessori). DeSousa led the league with five game-winning goals last season for the Eagles, while he racked up 15 points with seven goals.

Finishing the season with an 11-5-2 overall record, the Eagles entered the 2012 A-Sun Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after posting a 6-1-1 mark in league action. Having already secured three regular season championships, the Green and Blue went on to claim their second straight A-Sun Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in the program’s second season of eligibility.

Welcoming back 15 players from last year’s championship squad, the Eagles open the season with a trip to Tampa, Fla. to face the Bulls of USF on August 30 at 8:00 p.m. The 2013 home opener with FIU is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 7 at the FGCU Soccer Complex.

FGCU season tickets can be purchased in person at the Alico Arena ticket office or by phone at 239-590-7145. Tickets are also available at FGCUathletics.com/tickets. The FGCU ticket office is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to the ticketed event. An adult season ticket is $30, while a youth (3-12 years) ticket is $15. Single game tickets can also be bought at $6 for adults and $3 for youth. Groups of 10+ can get in for $3 a person. FGCU students and faculty/staff get in free with their Eagle ID.


Preseason Player of the Year: David Geno, ETSU
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Blaike Woodruff, ETSU
Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year: Greg Ranjitsingh, Mercer

Fan-Voted Preseason Player of the Year: David Geno, ETSU (103 votes)
Fan-Voted Preseason Defensive Player of the Year:
Omar Djabi, Lipscomb (171 votes)
Fan-Voted Goalkeeper of the Year:
Ryan Coulter, ETSU (202 votes)

Atlantic Sun Preseason All-Conference Team
GK, Greg Ranjitsingh, Mercer
D, Blaike Woodruff, ETSU
D, Aaron Guillen, FGCU
D, Omar Djabi, Lipscomb
D, Joey Heavner, Mercer
MF, Itode Fubara, ETSU
MF, Rodrigo Saravia, FGCU
MF, Ryan King, Mercer
F, David Geno, ETSU
F, Felipe DeSousa, FGCU
F, Matheus Saroli, Jacksonville
F, Ehjayson Henry, Mercer
**- A tie in voting resulted in a 12-man all-conference team

2013 Atlantic Sun Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

1.

FGCU (7)

79

2.

ETSU (1)

69

3.

Mercer (1)

66

4.

Lipscomb

45

5.

Northern Kentucky

42

6.

Jacksonville

37

7.

USC Upstate

26

8.

Stetson

25

9.

North Florida

16