Greenwood, Ind. – All eyes are on the Transylvania men's soccer team as the Pioneers have been selected to finish first in the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference coaches poll.
Released on Wednesday, the annual preseason survey of the conference's 10 coaches have slotted the surging Pioneers as the favorite to capture the regular season title.
"I think it's a compliment to have the respect of other coaches in the conference and a sign of the hard work our team has done up to this point, but at the same time we know what's most important is where we are at the end of the year and not the beginning," said Transylvania men's soccer fourth-year head coach Matt Vogel.
Transylvania received eight of a possible 10 first-place votes to finish with 88 points overall to lead the preseason poll. Following closely behind in second was Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, which secured the other two first-place votes to finish with 86 voting points.
The 2016 season was a season of growth and success for the Transylvania men's soccer team, which went 7-1-1 in HCAC play, good for second place on the HCAC table behind Rose-Hulman. Transylvania produced an overall record of 12-3-3 as nine players received All-HCAC postseason award recognition.
Transylvania commences its 2017 campaign at home on Saturday, September 2 as it hosts Berea College at 1:30 p.m. in the Transy Soccer Showcase.
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