August 24, 2011

Saints Picked 5th in PBC Preseason Coaches Poll

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Contact: Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

AUGUSTA, GA – The North Georgia men's soccer team is predicted to finish fifth in the Peach Belt Conference this upcoming season according to the coach's poll released on Wednesday.

The PBC preseason conference poll was released today with Clayton State as the favorites to repeat. North Georgia was selected to finish fifth out of the nine teams in the in the poll conducted by the coaches. The Saints finished sixth in conference last season before losing in the first round of the conference tournament to Flagler.

The Saints finished with an overall record of 8-6-4 while going 2-4-2 in conference. The team got off to one of their hottest starts in school history last season going 4-0-3 in their first seven games before fading down the stretch finishing 4-6-1. That hot start will be much tougher this season as the strength of schedule is very difficult for Coach Parris and his players.

The Saints start the season off traveling to the state of Florida for a pair of games against quality opponents in Nova Southeastern and Barry University. The nonconference strength of schedule will prepare the Saints for the rigorous conference season.

Clayton State is predicted first after sharing the conference regular season title and making a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight last season. The Clayton State Lakers received six first place votes, the most in the poll. Flagler is picked second receiving eight second place votes with Montevallo coming in third with two first place votes and five third place.

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The full coaches' poll is below.  Teams were given eight points for a first-place vote, seven for a second and so on.  Coaches were not permitted to rank their own teams.

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

Total

1. Clayton State 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 60
2. Flagler 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 56
3. Montevallo 2 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 49
4. Lander 1 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 42
5. North Georgia 0 1 1 1 2 3 0 0 35
6. UNC Pembroke 0 0 1 2 3 2 0 0 34
7. Francis Marion 0 0 0 0 3 2 3 0 24
8. USC Aiken 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 3 14
9. Georgia Southwestern 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 10