MSU Men's Soccer Picked atop MVC Preseason Poll
Jack Roberts and James Fawke have been selected to the preseason All-MVC team.
Jack Roberts and James Fawke have been selected to the preseason All-MVC team.

Aug. 20, 2014



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SPRINGFIELD - The Missouri Valley Conference announced today (Wednesday, Aug. 20) that the Missouri State men's soccer team is the favorite in the conference's annual preseason coaches' poll.

"The big thing is we are excited about this season," said head coach Jon Leamy. "We really need to play our best soccer and the standings will figure itself out."

Coming off a regular season MVC championship, the Bears received more total points and first-place votes than the other Valley teams with 46 and four, respectively. Missouri State led the nation in the 2013 season in goals against average, after recording the 18th best GAA mark in NCAA DI history at 0.41.

Evansville was picked second with 37 points and two first-place votes, followed closely by Bradley with the remaining first-place vote and 34 total points. For the second consecutive season, Bradley will host the conference championship in Peoria, Ill.

Drake (31 points), SIU Edwardsville (23), Loyola (16), and Central Arkansas (9) round out the poll.

The MVC also announced the 2014 Preseason All-Conference Team. Two Bears, seniors James Fawke and Jack Roberts, were named to the squad.

"It's always good to see our players recognized," said Leamy. "We have a really humble group, so this is nice to see, but doesn't change how we prepare for the season. We know what has to happen on the field."

Fawke returns to the Bears as the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in the Missouri Valley Conference. Both Fawke and Roberts finished the 2013 campaign as first-team All-MVC selections.

Missouri State will see game action for the first time this season tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 20) in an exhibition match against Missouri S&T. The game is scheduled to kickoff at the newly built Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

The Bears final exhibition will be on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. following the Allison South stadium dedication. Tailgating for all attendees will start at 6 p.m. with free hot dogs, chips, Hiland Dairy ice cream and Coke products to the first 1,000 spectators, followed by a 6:45 p.m. dedication ceremony. The match against Missouri Valley College will follow the ceremonies and the first 500 fans will receive a commemorative miniature soccer ball.


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