CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s soccer team was tabbed to finish fourth in the Big South this season as voted on by the league’s head coaches, the conference announced on Tuesday afternoon, while the women’s team came in tenth in the preseason voting.
The men’s team earned 54 points, including a second place vote and three third place votes, under third-year head coach Jonathan Potter. The fourth-place selection is a program-best.
High Point received seven first-place votes and 76 total points to finish as the preseason favorite. The Panthers won the regular season last year and were defeated by PC in the Big South championship game last season.
Radford was second in the voting with 69 points, followed by Campbell, which received 62 points and one first-place vote in the poll. Defending Big South Tournament champion Presbyterian College collected 54 points to finish fourth in the voting. Gardner-Webb landed in the fifth position with 36 points, just ahead of sixth-place Winthrop (33 points). UNC Asheville and Longwood tied for the seventh spot with 27 points each, with the Bulldogs receiving the remaining first-place vote. New member USC Upstate finished in the final spot with 21 points.
The women’s team was picked to finish tenth in the Big South with 27 total points which is the highest for the program since 2014 when they were picked seventh with 40 points. The Blue Hose, led by 30th-year head coach Brian Purcell, received as high as a seventh-place vote this year and finished just behind ninth-place UNC-Asheville.
High Point received seven first-place votes and 112 total points to narrowly edge Longwood and Campbell who finished second and third with 106 points and 102 points, respectively, and one first place vote each. Radford finished fourth with 92 points and the remaining two first place votes. Charleston Southern finished fifth in the voting with 69 points, just ahead of sixth-place Gardner-Webb who received 67 points. Rounding out the voting was Winthrop in seventh place with 52 points, USC Upstate in eighth place with 48 points, UNC Asheville in ninth place with 36 points and Hampton in 11th place with 15 points.
The women’s team will open up the regular season first with a home game against Furman on Thursday, August 23. The men’s team will then play their first game on Friday, August 24, squaring off at home against UNC Greensboro. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.