Men's Soccer Tabbed Fourth in American Athletic Conference Preseason Poll

Go smu! Head Coach Tim McClements
Go smu!
Head Coach Tim McClements
Go smu!

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (SMU/American) – The SMU men’s soccer team was picked fourth in the 2013 American Athletic Conference Preseason Poll.

The Mustangs sit behind No. 5 UConn, No. 10 Louisville and USF, who is receiving votes in the preseason NSCAA rankings.

Junior midfielder Damian Rosales was picked as a unanimous preseason all-conference selection after a successful 2012 campaign. The Dallas, Texas, native played in 18 matches last season and finished with three assists.

The Mustangs finished the 2012 season 10-5-5 overall and 6-2 in Conference USA action. They grabbed the No. 1 seed for the C-USA tournament and fell in the conference championship to Tulsa. SMU’s NCAA tournament run was halted in the first round after the Mustangs fell in penalty kicks to Tulsa.

SMU returns senior goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra, the C-USA co-Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, as well as third-team selection Andrew Morales and all-freshman team members John Lujano and Michael King.

2013 American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll

  1. UConn (8)                     64
  2. Louisville (1)                  55
  3. USF                              49
  4. SMU                             42
  5. Rutgers                         33
  6. Memphis                       28
  7. UCF                              26
  8. Cincinnati                      18
  9. Temple                         9                                                     

2013 American Athletic Conference Preseason Award Winners

Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

*Andre Blake, UConn, GK, Jr.

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

*Ben Sweat, USF, B, Sr.

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Mamadou Doudou Diouf, UConn, F, Sr.

Preseason All-Conference Team

Richardo Israel, Cincinnati, B, So.

*Andre Blake, UConn, GK, Jr.

*Mamadou Doudou Diouf, UConn, F, Sr.

Zack Foxhoven, Louisville, F, Sr.

Marlon Hairston, Louisville, MF, So.

Daniel Keller, Louisville, B, R-Jr.

Liam Collins, Memphis, MF, Sr.

*Mark Sherrod, Memphis, F, R-Sr.

Kene Eze, Rutgers, F, Sr.

Mael Corboz, Rutgers, MF, So.

*Ben Sweat, USF, B, Sr.

*Damian Rosales, SMU, B, R-Jr.

Jared Martinelli, Temple, MF, So.

*unanimous selection