Wesleyan picked to finish fourth

BRIDGEPORT – West Virginia Wesleyan is picked to finish fourth in the Mountain East Conference men’s preseason soccer poll announced on Tuesday.

The Bobcats also finished fourth last year in their first season in the league, compiling a mark of 8-6-4 and 5-4-3 in MEC play.

Wesleyan collected 20 points in the poll and finished in a tie with Wheeling Jesuit.

Notre Dame College is picked to win the league championship. The Falcons finished with 35 points in the poll and were projected to place first on five ballots.

Notre Dame went 15-2 and captured the MEC regular-season championship in 2013 with an 11-1 league record.

The Falcons graduated a few key pieces on defense, but return leading scorer Adam Mitchell, who netted 14 goals a season ago. Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA Tournament last fall and will begin the year ranked 16th in the country in the NSCAA poll.

Charleston was narrowly picked second, finishing with 32 points and collecting the other two first-place votes. The Golden Eagles, the 2013 MEC Tournament champions, went 11-5-1 in 2013 and just missed out on an NCAA Tournament berth. All four of UC’s first team All-MEC selections are slated to return in 2014.

Urbana was chosen third, followed by Wesleyan and Wheeling Jesuit.

Shepherd and Concord rounded out the poll.

Wesleyan will begin the regular season Sept. 5 at West Chester, Pa.