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Men's Soccer Ranked 9th Preseason, Stimson and Bonilla Earn Preseason Honors


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( – The Catawba Indians men's soccer team was picked ninth in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference preseason polls, announced by the conference office today.  The Indians placed two players on the all-conference second team in Declan Stimson and Kenny Bonilla.

The Indians notched an 8-8-1 overall mark and was 4-6-1 in the SAC during their 2013 campaign. 

Stimson was named to the all-SAC second team as a forward after finishing 2013 with seven goals and an assist.  An honorable mention All-SAC performer, Stimson started in just five of his 17 matches played.  Despite coming off the bench, Stimson led the team in goals scored while three of those were game winners. 

Bonilla was awarded second team honors as a midfielder after completing 2013 with honorable mention all-SAC honors.  Bonilla started in all 15 games that he played in last year and netted seven goals to tie Stimson for the team lead.  Like Stimson, he tallied three game winners on the year and also added two assists. 

The Carson-Newman Eagles, who are ranked No. 2 in the 2014 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Preseason Poll, were picked to lead the South Atlantic Conference in 2014.  The Eagles finished 2013 playing in the NCAA D-II national championship game and picked up five first-place votes and 114 points from the panel in the 2014 poll.

For the first and second preseason teams, Wingate led the way with four on the first team, while Carson-Newman, Anderson, Coker and Queens had two players named to the first team.  Lenoir-Rhyne wrapped up the first team with one selection.

Catawba will open up its 2014 South Atlantic Conference men's soccer season on Thursday, September 4th.

2014 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
 School                                               Total
 Carson-Newman (5)                          114
 Wingate (6)                                        111
 Queens (1)                                         105
 Lincoln Memorial                                86
 Anderson                                              77
 Coker                                                     60
 Lenoir-Rhyne                                       58
 Mars Hill                                                56
Catawba                                                48
 Tusculum                                              42
 Newbrry                                                19
 Brevard                                                 16

2014 Men's Soccer Preseason All-Conference
First Team
 Peron Da Silva, Wingate
 Ross Frame, Carson-Newman
 Andre Carle, Anderson
 Ben Jones, Lenoir-Rhyne

 Shaun Gadsby, Wingate
 Sindre Welo, Carson-Newman
 Liam Gillsphey, Wingate
 Tony Quiroz, Coker

 Lars Zimmerman, Anderson
 Fernando Bedoya, Coker
 Victor Tozelli, Wingate
 Gregorio Pestana, Queens

 Montrell Morgan, Queens

Second Team
 Erik Suarez, Queens
Declan Stimson, Catawba
 George Burne, Lincoln Memorial
 Nico Noll, Carson-Newman

 Yuri Passos, Lincoln Memorial
 Leonardo Da Silva, Lincoln Memorial
 Roberto Pimentel, Tusculum
Kenny Bonilla, Catawaba

 Tim Holland Lenoir-Rhyne
 Rurik Pereira, Carson-Newman
 Alex Delpy, Anderson
 Duncan Foster, Carson-Newman

 Marcel Barwanietz, Lincoln Memorial

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