FREELAND, Mich. – The Adrian College men's soccer team was picked to finish second in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) action this season according to the preseason coaches' poll released Wednesday, (Aug. 22)
Returning four players with All-MIAA distinction from last year, the Bulldogs received 18 points in the poll, putting them ahead of Kalamazoo (20, one first-place vote), Hope (20), Albion (35), Alma (36), Trine (39), and Olivet (49). Only defending champions Calvin were ahead of AC in the polls, picking up 7 points and the remaining seven first-place votes. The Black and Gold will travel to Calvin on Oct. 13 for the marquee matchup
The poll awards one point for a first-place vote, two for a second-place vote, etc. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own school.
Adrian is coming off its most successful season in school history, finishing with a record of 11-6-2, the second straight year AC picked up 11 wins. Its conference record of 9-3-2 was good for a second-place finish in the MIAA, the highest finish in program history. The Bulldogs had four players with All-MIAA honors last year, with forward Jordan Miller and defender Justin Tobin earning First Team honors, and midfielders Tad Davis and Brandon Katona earning Second Team nods.
In the offseason, Associate Head Coach Ryan McDonald was promoted to Head Coach after serving as an assistant for four years with the Black and Gold. Joey Tinnion was brought on as an assistant coach for the season as well.
The Bulldogs will kick off their season on Aug. 31 when they travel to Wittenberg. The first home game of the year will come on Sep. 12 when AC will host Michigan-Dearborn.
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