YORK, Pa. - Despite making their second playoff berth in three years, earning the third overall seed in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament, and hosting their first CAC postseason game in program history in 2015, the Wesley College Men's Soccer team was selected to finish seventh in the CAC Preseason Poll.
Wesley posted a 9-9-1 overall record, but went 6-3 in conference play to earn the third seed in the CAC Tournament and a home playoff game. The mark was the program's best conference record since joining the CAC. Apparently, the voters in the CAC Preseason Poll do not believe the Wolverines can repeat last year's success.
"As usual we are excited for the challenge ahead. The CAC is one of the toughest athletic conferences in the country and we embrace playing the best," said Head Coach Steve Clark. "We want to compete every game. For the players this is about balancing their academics and personal growth and with one of their passions and working to be the best team we can be."
The Wolverines return a solid core from last year's roster, including All-Conference forward Will Mileski. Mileski led the Wolverines in points last season (23) scoring eight goals and dishing off a team-high seven assists. On the defense, Kyle Jackson will be called upon to lead the unit. The senior started all 19 of the Wolverines' games on defense last season earning a goal and three assists on the year.
"Our captains will be seniors Will Mileski and defender Kyle Jackson. We look for leadership from these lads as well as inspiration from every young man on the team," said Clark. "The group know that there is adversity ahead but we will look for solutions not excuses to reach our goals. and Our squad, not just the starters, need to thrive on the competition and challenges ahead because it will certainly take more than one senior or 11 players to make the playoffs and win a championship this fall."
Sophomores Danny Garza and Sean Whelen both return for the Wolverines as well. Garza started 17 of the squad's 19 games last season on the wing, scoring a goal and dishing out three assists. Whelen earned 10 starts on the back line.
Including Garza and Whelen, 11 Wolverines from this year's roster are Delaware natives, a point of pride for Coach Clark: "Hopefully we can represent Delaware well, not just as the only NCAA Division III team in Delaware, and the only college from the First State in the CAC, but also because we have some of Delaware's top players in recent years on our roster."
The Wolverines begin their season on Sept. 1 with a trip to McDaniel College. The squad will host Randolph-Macon and Hampden-Sydney on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, respectively, in their first two home games of the season. On Sept. 17 the team will celebrate local youth soccer as well as hosting the Delaware Union, a local club that the team has partnered with in the past. The Navy and White will begin their CAC schedule when they travel to Frostburg State on Sept. 24. Five of the final eight games on the team's schedule will be played at home, giving the Wolverines an advantage down the stretch to the playoffs.
To view the entire CAC Preseason Poll, follow this link.
To watch the 2016 CAC Men's Soccer Preseason Webcast, follow this link.