BANNER ELK, N.C. -- The Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's soccer team will enter the 2010 season ranked second in the NCAA Division II according to the NSCAA.
The Bobcats finished the 2009 season ranked second after falling 1-0 to Fort Lewis in the NCAA Division II National Championship match in Tampa, Fla. This year's team returns seven of their 11 starters from their magical season where they went 18-3-2.
"We are excited to start the season ranked second in the country. It is a testament to the effort the lads put in last fall," said head coach Matt Thompson. "This is a new season and although we still have high expectations for the returning and incoming players, we know that we will have a target on our back in every game that we play this season."
Defending champions Fort Lewis top the NSCAA poll with the Bobcats the only Conference Carolinas team in the top 25. Southeast region opponents Anderson and Carson-Newman sit ranked 14th and 20th respectively.
The Bobcats will open their season September 3rd against Flagler at Tate Field.