EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Continental Tire have released their NCAA Division I preseason rankings, and SIUE men's soccer will face five teams ranked in the top 25.
SIUE Head Coach Kevin Kalish and the 2012 Cougars opened preseason practice today and learned SIUE will face No. 3 Creighton, No. 10 Akron, No. 12 Indiana, No. 19. James Madison, and No. 25 Bradley. The only home game is Oct. 10 against Bradley.
The Cougars also have two opponents which just missed the top 25. Rutgers and Duke each received votes in the poll.
SIUE begins the preseason with a road exhibition game Aug. 14 at IUPUI. The game is set for 3 p.m. ET. The home schedule begins with a 7 p.m. exhibition against Missouri Valley Conference rival Missouri State Aug. 17. SIUE's full schedule is available at siuecougars.com.
2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Rankings
|Rank||School||Postseason 2011 Ranking||2011 Record|
|11||UC Santa Barbara||12||15-7-1|
|18||Saint Mary's (Calif.)||14||11-7-5|
|Receiving votes: Virginia, Rutgers, Duke, Wake Forest, California, Monmouth, West Virginia, Central Florida, William & Mary, Xavier, Cal State, Bakersfield, Northern Illinois, South Carolina|