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Patriot soccer picked fourth in MSC Pre-Season Poll

By: Josh McKinney
By: Josh McKinney

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Soccer team is looking to continue their journey to the top of the Mid-South Conference (MSC) under new Head Coach Tim Brooks. The Patriots finished the 2013-14 season 8-8-1 overall and 6-3 in the MSC. Every year, the coaches of the MSC vote on where they think the teams will finish in the conference. This year, they picked the UC squad to finish in the middle of the pack at 4th out of eight teams.

Yet again, Lindsey Wilson was picked first with 48 voting points and six of the eight first place votes. They were followed by Campbellsville who earned 44 points and the remaining two first place votes. Cumberland University came 3rd with 35 points, only two points ahead of the Patriots. Shawnee State was voted to finish 5th with 22 points, Georgetown College followed with 18 points and St. Catharine comes in 7th with 14 points. University of Pikeville was picked 8th with 10 points.

Coach Brooks isn’t worried about the rankings though and commented, “I try not to get caught up in preseason rankings since they are typically based on last season’s results. Our focus needs to be put into areas we can control such as our effort and attitude towards daily training. If we can do that I believe we will have a successful season within the conference.”

The Patriots start their season off with a pair of scrimmages at Berea College (Aug. 21) and Carson-Newman (Aug. 26). They will open their season on the road at Union College as they take on Hiwassee College on August 29th and Crown College on August 30th. They will host their home opener on September 2nd against Laurel University at 4:00 pm.

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