PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Keene State men's soccer team was tabbed to finish sixth in the 2017 Little East Conference (LEC) Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll, as the Owls earned 21 votes overall.
Last season, Keene State started off the 2016 season with four straight wins, before finishing off the year 8-8-2 overall and 3-3-1 in LEC play. The Owls are returning 16 players, including Second Team All-Conference honorees in senior William Salta and junior Samuel Binogono. Salta was a stalwart in both the defensive back and forward positions for Keene State, starting 15 games and assisting on two goals, while Binogono was a key part of the offensive line, tallying five goals and adding one assist. Entering his fourth season at the helm, Head Coach Rick Scott welcomes 14 newcomers to the team, as the Owls look to qualify for the Little East Conference tournament for the first time since 2014.
Keene State will begin the 2017 campaign this weekend, when the Owls travel to Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol, R.I. for the Squad Locker Tournament. The Owls will take on Clark University at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 2nd on RWU's campus, and will play either RWU or Newbury on Sunday, September 3rd at 11 a.m. (consolation game) or 1:30 p.m. (championship game).
The three-time defending LEC Champion UMass Boston was picked to finish first with six first place votes and 48 points overall, followed by Rhode Island College with 40 points and Eastern Connecticut State with 39 points.
2017 Little East Conference Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
|Institution||First Place Votes||Total Points|
|1. UMass Boston||6||48|
|2. Rhode Island College||1||40|
|3. Eastern Connecticut State||1||39|
|4. Western Connecticut State||25|
|5. UMass Dartmouth||22|
|6. Keene State||21|
|7. Plymouth State||19|
|8. Southern Maine||7|