The University’s men’s soccer team ranked No. 11 in the poll at the end of last season, which they finished as Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament champions. It was the Sailfish’s second consecutive regular season title as a full conference member.
Lynn University — ranked No. 12 in the preseason poll — eliminated the Sailfish from postseason competition in the NCAA South Region Tournament. The Fighting Knights won the match 5-4 in penalties after a 1-1 draw in 110 minutes.
Leading the preseason poll are the Barry University Buccaneers, the defending NCAA Division II national champions.
Sailfish Coach Brian McMahon’s squad led the NCAA Division II in winning percentage (.929), with a 19-1-1 overall record and a 9-1 record inside Sunshine State Conference play.
The Sailfish will host the Davenport University Panthers in their season opener 5 p.m. Sept. 5.
Photo 1: The Sailfish men's soccer team celebrates at a game last season.