August 26 - GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Bethany College men’s soccer team has been selected seventh in the 2014 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, announced the conference office on Tuesday afternoon. In conjuncture with the poll release, the PAC 60th Anniversary Team was also announced, seeing nine Bison named to the list.
In the preseason poll, the Green & White, who captured seven wins a year ago, were selected seventh, garnering 32 points. Their point total was just one point behind sixth-place Waynesburg but was nine points ahead of eighth-place St. Vincent.
Thomas More College, the 2013 PAC Champion, was selected as favorites for the 2014 campaign, garnering 78 points and seven first-place votes. Washington & Jefferson came in second with two first-place votes (70 points), and Geneva College rounded out the top three, bringing home a total of 60 points.
Along with the preseason poll, a total of 60 former men’s soccer players from around the conference were named to the PAC’s 60th Anniversary Team. The Bison, who have more conference championships than any other team in conference history, boasted nine players on the list. Making up 15 percent of the list, Bethany tied with W&J for the most athletes on the 60-man rundown.
Making the list for the Bison were: Stuart Bracher (2002), Frank Christy (1974), Bill Denniston (1983), Paul “Ace” Hayward (1983), Fritz Kurz (1975), Stylianos Papadopoulos (1969), Malleh Sallah (1995), Sainey “Star” Sanyang (1998), Graeme Tanner (1988). A full list of players, as well as a brief description of each athlete can be found here.
The Bison will kick off the season on Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31when they travel to Marietta, Ohio for the Marietta College Tournament. Bethany will take on the College of Wooster on Saturday at 1 p.m., before playing either Marietta or Piedmont on Sunday. The Green & White will then return to Hoag Field for their home opener against Frostburg State on Wednesday, September 3 at 4 p.m.