PROVIDENCE, R.I. (SMU/American) - The American Athletic Conference announced the 2014 men's soccer preseason poll and honors on Monday, and the SMU men's soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the Preseason Coaches' Poll.
The Mustangs, who finished seventh in the regular season in 2013 with a 2-4-2 conference record, are up one spot in the polls ahead of Memphis and Cincinnati. SMU defeated Cincinnati on the road last season, 3-1, but fell to Memphis, 3-2.
Leading the way for The American this season with seven first place votes is UConn, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. American Tournament champion USF is picked second with one first place vote, and league newcomer Tulsa rounds out the top three.
UCF and Temple, a pair of teams the Mustangs played to draws last season, sit at fourth and fifth, respectively.
Romario Williams of UCF was tabbed the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while UConn's Sergio Campbell earned defensive honors and Temple's Dan Scheck was named the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. UConn led the way with four selections to the preseason all-conference team, followed by Temple with three, Tulsa and USF with two and both Cincinnati and UCF with one apiece.
The full coaches' poll and list of honors can be found here.
SMU opens regular season action on Aug. 29 at Michigan State, while conference play begins when the Ponies host Tulsa on Sept. 26 at Westcott Field.