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Men's Soccer Opens Season Thursday at Barton


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- Catawba will be looking to rebound from last season as it begins its 2019 men’s soccer campaign on Thursday at Barton. The Catawba Indians landed 11th in the preseason South Atlantic Conference Coaches Poll, reflective of where Indians finished last year. Senior Hunter Faust was named to the preseason All-SAC second team.

Faust, a senior forward, led Catawba with six goals and three assists last season. One of those goals went for a game-winner. The Indians return eight starters from last year, five of those freshman. Catawba has 16 newcomers on the 2019 roster.

Lenoir-Rhyne has been tabbed as the favorite, taking six first-place votes. Queens claimed two top votes and was just one point behind LR in the poll. Anderson, Wingate and Tusculum each picked up one first-place vote.

The 2019 South Atlantic Men’s Soccer season will get underway starting on September 5 with seven of the league’s 11 teams taking the field. Catawba kicks off at Barton at 7:30 pm. The Indians’ home opener with Mount Olive on Sunday has been postponed as Mount Olive has closed school for the rest of the week due to Hurricane Dorian.

2019 Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Lenoir-Rhyne (6), 101
2. Queens (2), 100
3. Anderson (1), 83
4t. Wingate (1), 81
4t. Tusculum (1), 81
6. Lincoln Memorial, 68
7. Carson-Newman, 67
8. Newberry, 40
9. Mars Hill, 38
10. Coker, 33
11. Catawba, 23
First Team
F – Soren Nygaard, Wingate                                                      
F – Sebastian Bertilsson, Mars Hill
F – Ibrahim Nadir, Newberry
F – Tobias Solem Karlsen, Carson-Newman
MF – Fabian Proesch, Tusculum
MF – Greg Evans, Carson-Newman
MF – Victor Cascon, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Elliot Cutts, Wingate
D – Lucas Mostajo, Anderson
D – Georgios Charkoutsakis, Tusculum
D – Alan Brandao, Lincoln Memorial
D – Michael Hornsby, Queens
GK – Gal Elyashiv, Anderson

Second Team
F – Hunter Faust, Catawba
F – Goncalo Garcia, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Harry Ward, Anderson
MF – Henrique Devens, Tusculum
MF – Carles Montoliu Lobo, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Mattia Ditommaso, Wingate
MF – Edgar Cervantes, Tusculum
D – Jeppe Christensen, Mars Hill
D – Clément Dagorn, Tusculum
D – Julio Neto, Lincoln Memorial
D – Ryan Tyrer, Anderson
GK – Sebastian Kalk, Queens
GK - Alejandro Quiriti, Tusculum

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