Men's Soccer Poll Announced by SSC Office
The Sunshine State Conference preseason coaches’ polls have been announced for the fall sports, and the Florida Southern men’s soccer team has been picked to finish seventh. The Moccasins were just one point behind Florida Tech, which was sixth in the poll, while Saint Leo topped the preseason picks after winning the SSC regular season title in 2013.
The Moccasins are coming off their first appearance in the SSC Tournament in seven years and return nine starters from that squad. Among that group are leading scorer Jonathan Radvogin, who is now a sophomore; senior defenders James Gibson, Petter Allansson, and Clay Clingerman; and sophomore goalkeeper Cole Clingerman, who made the SSC All-Tournament Team.
Last year, Radvogin became the first freshman in 19 years to lead the Moccasins in both goals (6) and points (15). In the back, Gibson and Allansson manned the center back positions, with Gibson playing every minute in his second season as a starter, and Clingerman started 11 games in his second year as a starter too. His younger brother was only the Mocs’ fifth freshman starter in goal over the last 40 years.
The Moccasins also return three other midfield starters in senior Mitchell Francois, who has been a starter since his freshman year; junior Alexi Cortez, who scored three goals in his first season as a transfer, and sophomore Corey Mills, who was third on the team with four goals and 10 points. Sophomore defender Simmule Turner is another returning starter on the back line where he opened nine games as a rookie.
In being picked to win its second straight SSC title, Saint Leo earned 62 points and six of the eight possible first-place votes. (Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.) The Lions return seven starters, including three First Team All-SSC honorees, and are also ranked #17 in the NSCAA National Preseason Poll.
Rollins was picked second with 54 points and two first-place votes, and returns six starters. The Tars lost four of their five First Team All-SSC selections, but return one First Team and one Second Team pick. They advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and were ranked #5 in the national preseason poll.
Rounding out the top four are Lynn and Barry. The Buccaneers of Barry won last year’s SSC Tournament and received the remaining first-place vote in this year’s poll.