Soccer Teams Ranked in Preseason ODAC Polls
August 30, 2013
FOREST, Va. – Guilford College’s men’s soccer team is ranked seventh and the women eighth in the annual preseason Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) coaches’ polls released Wednesday.
Roanoke College, the ODAC’s defending men’s champion, was picked to repeat and earned 10 first-place votes. Lynchburg College is the loop’s defending women’s champ and also collected 10 first-place votes to top the ladies ratings.
Men’s soccer coach Jeff Bateson enters his eighth season with the Quakers after a 10-8 season (7-4 ODAC) in 2012. He returns eight letter winners from last year and is looking to Matthew Poling ’15 to lead the offense.
Matthew is the Quakers’ top returning scorer from 2012 after scoring seven goals and 15 points. Michael MacVane ’14, Guilford’s first goalie to earn All-ODAC recognition (Third Team, 2012), will play a leadership role on defense.
The Quakers open the season at 5 p.m. today, Aug. 30, at crosstown-rival Greensboro College. Guilford plays its first home match Sept. 6 versus Oglethorpe University and begins league play Sept. 14 at Shenandoah University.
Michael Shenigo enters his first season as the Quakers’ women’s coach after serving as an assistant at both the University of Scranton and Lynchburg.
He has 15 letter winners back from last year’s team, including Kelli Uresti ’16. Kelli is Guilford’s top returning scorer after collecting nine goals and four assists in her first season.
Caroline Bishop ’14, who has started all but two games of her college career, anchors Guilford’s defense. She was a Third Team All-ODAC performer in 2012.
The Quakers, who went 4-15 last year, open the 2013 season at the Berry Invitational against Covenant College this Saturday. The team plays Piedmont College Sunday in their second game of the tournament. After five games on the road, Guilford hosts Greensboro College Sept. 12 in its home opener and visits Randolph-Macon College two days later to begin ODAC action.