Davidson College’s men’s soccer is a newcomer to the Atlantic 10 this year, but the Wildcats are entering with respect. In the A-10 pre-season coaches’ poll, Coach Matt Spear’s Cats are picked to finish fifth. Meanwhile, freshman Matt Reinikka has been named to the all-rookie team.
SaintLouis, which is ranked 15th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Preseason National Rankings, got 10 first-place votes to take the top spot in the poll, while defending A-10 champion George Mason was voted second with 151 total points.
VCU received the final first-place vote and is predicted to finish third ahead of Dayton and the Wildcats, who became official league members in July.
Duquesne (100 pts), La Salle (93 pts) and Fordham (70 pts), George Washington (58 pts), Saint Joseph’s (53 pts), Massachusetts (40 pts), Rhode Island (39 pts) and St. Bonaventure (34 pts) rounded out the poll.
MEET MATT REINIKKA
Reinikka, a defender from Mill Creek, Wash., and Henry M. Jackson High School, was the lone Wildcat selected to one of the A-10’s preseason teams. He’ll wear No. 3 for the Cats.
Reinikka played on an academy team affiliated with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer and credits the Sounders’ Alex Caskey, a Davidson alum, with pointing him to Davidson.
“I was drawn to Davidson soccer by its quality and style of play, the family-like atmosphere shared by the coaches and players, and a history of success in a strong conference,” Reinikka says on DavidsonWildcats.com.
“I had the opportunity to spend some time with Alex Caskey, a former Davidson midfielder now playing professionally for Seattle Sounders FC in MLS, during my recruiting process and he spoke very positively about his experiences at Davidson College, with its soccer team, and Coach Spear.”
Davidson opens its season on Friday, Aug. 29, at 5:30pm by hosting Cal Poly at Alumni Stadium.
2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll
(first place votes in parentheses)
1. Saint Louis 164 (10)
2. George Mason 151 (2)
3. VCU 147 (1)
4. Dayton 127
5. Davidson 105
6. Duquesne 100
7. La Salle 93
8. Fordham 70
9. George Washington 58
10. Saint Joseph’s 53
11. Massachusetts 40
12. Rhode Island 39
13. St. Bonaventure 34
2014 Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team
Timi Mulgrew, George Mason
Robert Kristo, Saint Louis
Kingsley Bryce, Saint Louis
Kharlton, Blemar, VCU
Amass Amankona, Dayton
David Graydon, Saint Louis
Taylor Washington, George Mason
Anthony Manning, Saint Louis
Dennis Castillo, VCU
Goalkeeper Steffen Kraus, George Mason
Matt Reinikka, Davidson
Dillon Nino, Dayton
Henning Dirks, George Mason
AlainSargent, George Mason
Nils Leifhelm, Rhode Island
AndreRivers-Hardware, Saint Louis
Patrick Sarr, Saint Louis Rafael
Andrade Santos, VCU
Pierre Gardan, VCU
Jorge Herranz, VCU