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Men’s Soccer Picked to Finished Tied for Fourth in GLIAC

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BAY CITY, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University men’s soccer team received six points and was selected to share the fourth place position with the University of Findlay in the annual Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) coaches’ preseason poll. The Cardinals finished last season with an overall record of 8-10-2 (2-6 GLIAC), good enough for fourth in 2008 GLIAC play. The Cardinals look to make huge improvements in the preseason and surprise, even upset, their conference opponents in the upcoming season.

The head men’s soccer coaches of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) chose Ashland University, defending regular season champions, to win the 2009 GLIAC men’s soccer title in preseason balloting.

The league’s head coaches participated in the balloting, but were not allowed to vote for their team. The first-place team on each ballot received four points, while second received three points, etc.

The Eagles earned a total of 15 points and three first-place votes, narrowly edging out 2008 GLIAC champion Tiffin University, which tallied two-first-place votes and 14 points. Ashland, after finishing first in the 2008 GLIAC regular-season play, fell in the first round to fourth-seeded Saginaw Valley State University in the GLIAC Tournament semifinals.

Northwood University finished third in the voting with nine points. The Timberwolves ended the 2008 campaign with a 4-4 league record and a #3 seed in the conference tournament.

Tiffin claimed the GLIAC’s men’s soccer postseason tournament in 2008. The second-seeded Dragons defeated Northwood 4-2 in the semifinal match. The No. 4 seed Saginaw Valley bested No. 1 Ashland in the other semifinal match. Tiffin then posted a 4-2 victory over Saginaw Valley in the GLIAC championship match.

GLIAC men’s soccer teams open play on Thursday, August 27 with conference play beginning Sunday, September 13. The 2009 Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament will be held on Nov. 5 & 7 on the campus of the No. 1 seed.