Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Warriors finish regular season ranked in the top 10 in three polls

Head coach Nate Gibboney and the Warriors finished the regular season in the top 10 in both national polls. (Photo Courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Getting ready to host the opening two rounds of the NCAA Division III Championships for the second time in three years, the Lycoming College men’s soccer team has finished the regular season ranked seventh in the United Soccer Coaches poll, fourth in the D3soccer.com poll and first in the United Soccer Coaches’ Mid-Atlantic region poll, the organizations announced on Tuesday, Nov. 7.


The fourth spot in the D3soccer.com poll is the highest in program history after rising to No. 5 earlier in the season.

Calvin College, Trinity University (Texas) and Tufts University hold the first, second and third rankings, respectively, in both the United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com polls. Messiah is fifth in the D3soccer.com poll and ninth in the United Soccer Coaches.

After defeating Messiah, then the third-ranked team in the United Soccer Coaches poll, 2-1 in the MAC Commonwealth Championship, the Warriors (18-2) earned an automatic berth into the Division III NCAA Championship as they will host Lehman on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the opening round at the Shangraw Athletic Complex. In the other opening round match at 1:30 p.m., Franklin & Marshall takes on Drew with the winner of each game playing each other on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.

Allowing just .527 goals per game, the 12th-best mark in Division III, and scoring 2.5 goals per game, the 33rd best, the Warriors are led by four All-MAC Commonwealth First Team selections in seniors Jordan Logan (Oxford, Pa./Oxford Area), Abdullahi Abdi (Seattle, Wash./James Garfield) and Kyle Thomas (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and junior Sainclair Tueno (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair), the MAC Commonwealth Championship MVP. Senior Kyle Stettenbauer (Columbia, Pa./Hempfield) and junior goalkeeper Chris Solecki (Hainesport, N.J./Lenape) each earned MAC Commonwealth Honorable Mention honors.
 
Tueno leads the team and is third in the MAC Commonwealth with 10 goals scored while junior Jake Webb (Fairless Hills, Pa./Conwell-Egan Catholic) leads the team with seven assists. Solecki has made 64 saves while completing seven shutouts and playing in four others. His 0.865 save percentage is 18th in the nation and second in the conference
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