Monmouth Men's Soccer Earns Spot in NSCAA Preseason Poll

Courtesy:  Monmouth Sports Information
Release:  August 07, 2014
Courtesy: MAAC Sports

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Already selected by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s coaches to win the league, the Monmouth University men’s soccer team has earned a spot in the preseason NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I Men’s National Rankings, the organization today announced. Receiving votes in this year’s poll, this marks the fourth time that the Hawks have appeared in the NSCAA/Continental Tire National Preseason Poll in the last five seasons under Head Coach Robert McCourt. Monmouth was ranked No. 15 to open the 2010 season and reached the highest ranking in program history (No. 4) later in the same year.

"I think it’s great. It’s early recognition," said Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt. "Preseason hasn’t started yet, but I think it’s a reflection of our roster. We have a lot of returning guys, a lot of experienced guys and some really, really high-powered incoming guys that people have high expectations for. It’s great to receive national recognition. We’re no stranger to national rankings. We’ve been ranked a lot in the past. But I think it’s a great, positive way to start the season."

The 2013 team earned the MAAC Regular Season Championship and the top seed in the conference tournament. The Hawks were an undefeated 5-0-0 at home in league play a year ago, thanks in large part to a dominant defense. Matt Jeffery (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, All-North Atlantic Region First Team, All-MAAC First Team and All-ECAC Second Team honors in his junior season, combining with Emmanuel Senyah Agyemang (Kumasi, Ghana/KNUST University), a fellow All-MAAC First Team honoree, and the nation’s leader in goals-against average, goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky (Lincoln Park, N.J./DePaul Catholic), to create one of the toughest defenses in the MAAC to score on last season.

From the beginning of conference play, the Hawks allowed just three goals for a 0.23 goals-against average with nine shutouts, all tops in the league. Overall, the Hawks ranked 23rd in the nation in team goals-against average (0.74) and 27th in shutout percentage (0.45). Jeffery and Agyemang were recently named to the 2014 Preseason All-MAAC Team.

The Hawks open the 2014 season on August 29, when they play host to UMass Lowell for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Hesse Field at The Great Lawn. Monmouth will also square off against Lehigh at home on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.


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