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Monmouth Selected as Preseason Favorites in MAAC Menís Soccer
Courtesy: MAAC Sports  
Release: 07/31/2014

Edison, N.J. – Monmouth University was selected as the favorite to win the 2014 MAAC Men’s Soccer regular season, as voted by the league’s eleven head coaches. Monmouth, last season’s MAAC Championship runner-up, earned 112 points with five first place votes to top defending MAAC champion, Quinnipiac University, which earned 101 points and two first place votes. 

Monmouth finished their 2013 campaign with an 8-6-6 overall record and a 7-1-2 record, while going 5-0 at home in the MAAC to become co-regular season champions in their first year in the conference. The Hawks finished their season falling to Quinnipiac University 4-3 in the 2013 MAAC Championship title game by way of penalty kicks. During the 2013 season, Monmouth earned the top seed and led the MAAC in goals allowed per game containing their opponents to only 0.75. The Hawks collected 9 shutouts while taking 12.5 shots per game. Monmouth claimed one regular season major award in 2013 when Matt Jeffery was named the 2013 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. Six Hawks were named to All-MAAC teams, including goalie Eric Klenofsky who received All-MAAC Second Team and All-MAAC Rookie Team honors.

Iona’s Ignacio Maganto was chosen as the 2014 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year. In the 2013 campaign, the senior forward from Madrid, Spain ranked second in the MAAC in goals (9), points (21) and game winning goals (4), and ranked fourth in shots (46) and goals per game (0.47). Maganto was named a member of the 2013 All-MAAC First Team and MAAC All-Academic Team. 

The 2013 MAAC Champions, Quinnipiac University, finished second in the poll with 101 points. The Bobcats finished the 2013 season 7-1-2 in league play and held an overall mark of 9-5-7, taking a share of the regular season title and finishing out the season as the second seed. Quinnipiac led the league in goals against average, allowing 0.3 goals per game during MAAC contests and 0.69 over the entire season. The Bobcats finished with 116 corner kicks to lead the MAAC and averaged 11 .71 shots per game. Quinnipiac’s 11 shutouts also led the conference.

Iona College finished third in the poll with 98 points, followed by Fairfield University with 90 points for fourth. Manhattan College finished fifth with 64 points and Siena College finished with 62 points for sixth. Canisius College received 57 points, good for seventh, while Rider University picked up 49 votes for eighth. Marist College finished with 35 points for ninth, Niagara University finished tenth with 32 points, and Saint Peter’s rounded out the poll receiving 26 points. 

The preseason All-MAAC team consists of Fairfield’s Jordan Ayris, Iona’s Maganto, Manhattan’s Daniel Laguna Kennedy, and Quinnipiac’s Machel Baker at the forward position. At midfield are Iona teammates Michael Holzer and Jordan Scarlett and Rider’s Christian Flath. Monmouth’s Emmanuel Senyah Agyemang and Matt Jeffery as well as Quinnipiac’s Tobias Eshe and Rider’s Sonmi Halliday make up the backs. The goalkeeper is Borja Angoitia of Quinnipiac, the 2013 MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year and MAAC Championship MVP.  

Preseason Coaches' Poll

1.

Monmouth

112

2.

Quinnipiac

101

3.

Iona

98

4.

Fairfield

90

5.

Manhattan

64

6.

Siena

62

7.

Canisius

57

8.

Rider

49

9.

Marist

35

10.

Niagara

32

11.

Saint Peter’s

26

Preseason All-MAAC Team

Jordan Ayris

Forward

Fairfield

Ignacio Maganto

Forward

Iona

Daniel Laguna Kennedy

Forward

Manhattan

Machel Baker

Forward

Quinnipiac

Michael Holzer

Midfield

Iona

Jordan Scarlett

Midfield

Iona

Christian Flath

Midfield

Rider

Emmanuel Senyah Agyemang

Back

Monmouth

Matt Jeffery

Back

Monmouth

Tobias Eshe

Back

Quinnipiac

Sonmi Halliday

Back

Rider

Borja Angoitia

Goalkeeper

Quinnipiac

Preseason Player of the Year

Ignacio Maganto

Iona


MAAC Men's Soccer


Men's Soccer
Team MAAC Pct. Pts. Overall Pct.
Quinnipiac 7-0 -3 .850 24 10-4 -5 .658
Iona 6-3 -1 .650 19 9-7 -3 .553
Rider 6-4 .600 18 9-7 -2 .556
Monmouth 4-1 -5 .650 17 11-4 -6 .667
Siena 5-3 -2 .600 17 10-8 -2 .550
Fairfield 4-2 -4 .600 16 8-5 -7 .575
Canisius 4-4 -2 .500 14 9-6 -3 .583
Marist 3-5 -2 .400 11 7-7 -4 .500
Niagara 2-6 -2 .300 8 5-11 -3 .342
Saint Peter's 2-8 .200 6 4-14 .222
Manhattan 1-8 -1 .150 4 2-12 -2 .188
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