OWU Men's Soccer Tops Preseason Poll

OWU Men's Soccer Tops Preseason Poll

2015 NCAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

Ohio Wesleyan has once again been selected as the preseason favorite based on balloting from league coaches heading into the 32nd North Coast men’s soccer season.

The Battling Bishops, who are coming off their seventh consecutive NCAC championship and NCAA-record 37th Division III playoff appearance including the program’s 10th trip to the National Semifinals, earned eight of the first-place votes cast by league coaches to finish on top of the poll with 96 total points. Kenyon, coming off its second-straight trip to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament, earned the final two first-place votes and finished second in the poll with 91 points, while DePauw rounded out the top-three in third with 74 points. Denison checked in at fourth with 62 points, while Wabash cracked the top-five in fifth with 60 points after a school-record 13-win season in 2014. Allegheny earned the sixth position with 48 points, followed by Oberlin in seventh (45), Hiram in eighth (34), Wooster in ninth (23) and Wittenberg in 10th (17). 

Ohio Wesleyan enters the 2015 season under the direction of head coach Jay Martin for the 39th consecutive season. In 38 seasons at the helm, Martin has compiled the most wins in men’s college soccer history (all divisions) as he owns a career record of 657-124-61. The Bishops return three of their top four leading scorers from the 2014 squad that finished the year with a conference-high 54 goals, including an NCAC-best 22 in league play. Leading the charge offensively for OWU this fall is two-time first-team All-NCAC performer, senior
Brian Schaefer (Chatham, NJ/Chatham), who accounted for 11 goals, five assists and 27 total points last fall. Senior Evan Lee (Toledo, OH/St. Johns) and junior Kyle Baum (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) join Schaefer in 2015 as the trio combined for 19 goals, 12 assists and 40 total points to lead the Bishops to their second-straight unbeaten mark in conference play (8-0-1). The Bishops have gone unbeaten in league play in six of the last seven seasons. In addition to his offensive lift, Lee anchors a defense that allowed just three goals in NCAC play for a 0.32 goals-against-average in league action.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

2015 North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

1. Ohio Wesleyan (8)
2. Kenyon (2) 91
3. DePauw 74
Denison 62
5. Wabash 60
6. Allegheny 48
7. Oberlin 45
8. Hiram 34
9. Wooster 23
Wittenberg 17