2017 Men's Soccer
Record: 7-7-1 Home: 2-3-1 Away: 5-4 AAC: 1-6
 
 
 
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The Point University men's soccer team is looking to improve after finishing the 2016 season with a 9-9-2 overall record.
Men's Soccer - Tue, Aug. 22, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Entering his third season as head coach, Jonathan Lenarz and the Skyhawk men's soccer team are looking to improve after finishing the 2016 season with a 9-9-2 overall record and a 1-6-2 record in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

    

Point was picked to finish tenth out of ten teams in its conference according to the preseason AAC Coaches' Poll.  Last season, the Skyhawks finished at the bottom of the conference standings, but defeated Montreat College in the first round of the conference tournament before being knocked out of postseason play

 

The AAC Tournament is set to begin with the opening round on Oct. 31 with the quarterfinal round scheduled for Nov. 3. The semifinal and championship rounds are slated for Nov. 7 and Nov. 10, respectively. All matches will be played at the highest remaining seed's home site.

 

"I am extremely optimistic about our prospects for this year," commented Lenarz, "despite the fact that some people are already overlooking us.  We did lose a couple of very important players to graduation last year, but our recruiting class was exceptional.  We could start as many as six new players this season and the chemistry of the team is fantastic.  In preparation for this, we did schedule much more difficult opponents because our goal is to be truly ready once the conference schedule rolls around.  I believe the Skyhawks are ready to make their mark in their conference during the 2017 season."

 

In order to meet Coach Lenarz' expectations on the pitch this season, the Skyhawks' offense will look to sophomore forward Marvin Deans (Saint Mary's, GA), senior forward Juan Domingo (Alto, GA), and sophomore midfielder Christian Howell (Smiths Station, AL) to consistently find the back of the net after scoring a combined 12 goals a season ago.   

 

Point's defense will be anchored by senior defender Hugo Marques (Sao Paolo, Brazil) and junior goalkeeper Ned Avies (Rochester, N.Y.)Marquez finished last season with six goals and one assist, and Avies started 12 matches, allowing 17 goals while making 37 saves, finishing the season with a 5-4-1 record.

 

In total, Point returns five seniors, six juniors, and five sophomores, while adding four new transfers and 13 incoming freshman.

 

Point begins its season with a non-conference match on the road against Life University on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. ET.  Next, the Skyhawks play six non-conference matches before kicking off their conference schedule when they host Union College on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 12:00 p.m.

 

Point will then play one final non-conference match on the road before facing conference opponents in nine of its final ten matches of the season between Wednesday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 28, when they conclude the regular season against Tennessee Wesleyan on the road.

 

2017 AAC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

School (1st Place Votes)

Total Points

1. Bryan (4)

60

2. Union (3)

56

3. Reinhardt (1)

47

4. Tennessee Wesleyan

46

5. Bluefield

45

6. Truett McConnell

34

7. (tie) Milligan

22

7. (tie) St. Andrews

22

9. Montreat

21

10. Point

9

  
 
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