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PSAC announces men’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll

LHU’s Chase Tackett shoots the ball in an NCAA men’s soccer game. LHU opens the season ranked No. 7 in the preseason coaches’ poll.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Yesterday, August 14, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) announced the men’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and the Lock Haven University men’s soccer team was listed at No. 7 in the preseason rankings.

West Chester picked up four first-place votes and was picked as the favorite among the league’s head coaches to win the conference. Gannon recorded five of 12 first-place votes and was tabbed second while East Stroudsburg rounded out the top three in the preseason rankings.

Last season, the Bald Eagles got off to a sizzling start which helped them crack the regional rankings. LHU started 4-1-1 before finishing 6-8-4 overall. Lock Haven won four games at home and finished at 3-6-2 in PSAC action. During the season, the Bald Eagles recorded back-to-back wins over top-25 teams.

Lock Haven will look to a strong returning cast, which provides talent in all areas.

LHU will also benefit from the return of last year’s top two goal scorers in Beckham Sibiski and Reggie Holt, both rising sophomores. Last year Sibiski and Holt combined for 11 goals, netting six and five, respectively. Brian Flatter, a talented midfielder with a high work rate will look to direct the flow of every match in 201

The Bald Eagles reported back to campus yesterday for their 2018 preseason training camp, and are already hard at work in preparation for their official 2018 season-opener. LHU will open the season on Thursday, August 30 at 4 p.m. at home vs. Le Moyne.

2018 PSAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll Results

(# of first place votes)

1) West Chester (4)

2) Gannon (5)

3) East Stroudsburg (2)

4) Mercyhurst (1)

5) Millersville

6) Seton Hill

7) Lock Haven

8) Shippensburg

9) Bloomsburg

10) Slippery Rock

11) California

12) Pitt-Johnstown

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