HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac men's soccer team was picked to finish fourth by the Northeast Conference coaches in the 2008 preseason poll. Quinnipiac received one first-place vote.
The Bobcats opened the 2007 season with a 9-0-1 record after 10 games, the best start in NEC history. Leading the way for the Bobcats were Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) and goalkeeper Frederick Hall (St. George, Bermuda). Brito was on the NSCAA/adidas All-American Second-Team and the NEC Player of the Year, while Hall posted the best save percentage (.951) and saves per game (7.38) in the nation amongst all Division I goalkeepers and on his way to an All-NEC Second Team selection.
The Bobcats look to build off of last season's success in their bid to qualify for the NEC Tournament for the first time since the 2004 season. Head Coach Eric DaCosta has added eight incoming players to the 2008 team including standout recruits Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) and Brett Uttley (Jamestown, R.I.).
Quinnipiac opens the 2008 season on Friday, Aug. 29 when they travel to New Rochelle, N.Y. to take on the Gaels of Iona College. Quinnipiac's first home contest of the 2008 season falls on Wednesday, Sept. 3 when they host the New Jersey Institute of Technology at 4:00 PM at Bobcat Field.
Northeast Conference Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Monmouth (5)
2. CCSU (3)
3. Sacred Heart
4. Quinnipiac (1)
5. Saint Francis (PA) (1)
6. Robert Morris
7. Long Island
8. Fairleigh Dickinson
9. Mount St. Mary's
10. St. Francis (N.Y.)