INDIANAPOLIS - For the third consecutive season, Oakland was picked to finish first in the 2017 Horizon League Men's Soccer Preseason Poll, as announced by the league office on Monday and voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. The Golden Grizzlies earned 86 points overall and one first-place vote.
"It is nice to be recognized and respected by your fellow coaches as consistently one of the top programs in the Horizon League year in and year out," said head coach Eric Pogue. "It's a testament to the hard work and dedication of our players and staff throughout the year. We also understand that no championships are handed out in August and this league is extremely talented and tough top to bottom with anyone capable of winning on any given night."
Defending league champion UIC was picked second just one point behind Oakland at 85 while receiving six first place votes. Wright State was picked third with 81 points and two first place votes while Milwaukee placed fourth at 68 points followed by Cleveland State to round out the top five with 54 points.
"It's been a great preseason thus far and we are looking forward to getting started on a very tough road warrior non-conference schedule this upcoming weekend at VCU and at Old Dominion that will help prepare us for league play", added Pogue.
After playing No. 9 Louisville to a 1-1 exhibition draw on Saturday night, the Golden Grizzlies kick off the 2017 campaign with five consecutive road games beginning at VCU on Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. followed by at Old Dominion on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.