Photo of co-captain Robert Millock courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard
men’s soccer team, fresh off a trip to the Sweet 16 last
fall, earned its first ranking of the 2010 preseason, as the
Crimson appears 10th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of
America (NSCAA) preseason poll.
Harvard, the only Ivy League team ranked in the poll, will play four teams this fall that earned spots in the rankings (No. 8 Santa Barbara, No. 12 Boston College, No. 13 Stanford and No. 22 Connecticut). Akron stands first in the poll, followed in order by Virginia, Wake Forest, North Carolina and UCLA. Maryland, Tulsa and Northwestern round out the top 10.
The Crimson returns 19 letterwinners from last year’s team, which finished 14-4-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the Ivy League. Harvard, which reached as high as No. 6 in the national rankings in 2009, won the program’s 13th Ivy League title and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 16th time and fourth time in as many years. After earning a bye in the opening round.,Harvard topped Monmouth, 3-0, in the second round before falling to defending champion Maryland, 2-0, in the third round.
Harvard, which added seven newcomers for the upcoming campaign, will be led by Carl Junot, the Virginia B. and James O. Welch ’52 Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Soccer, who is entering his first year at the helm. Junot and the Crimson will open the 2010 season by hosting 13th-ranked Stanford Saturday, Sept. 4.
2010 NSCAA Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
3. Wake Forest
4. North Carolina
8. UC Santa Barbara
12. Boston College
16. South Florida
17. St. John's
18. Ohio State
23. UNC Wilmington
24. Michigan State
25. UC Irvine
2010 Opponents in Italics