Men's Soccer Picked Sixth in Northeast Conference Poll
Central Connecticut State University men's soccer team was selected
sixth in the Northeast Conference Coaches' Poll, released today.
After missing the playoffs a year ago, head coach Shaun
Green will look to lead the Blue Devils back to the conference
tournament for the first time since winning the NEC Championship in
which has won the NEC regular season title four years in a row,
received five first place votes from the coaches and was picked to
win the league in 2009. Last season's NEC Tournament Champion,
Fairleigh Dickinson, was slotted second, netting three first place
nods. Quinnipiac and St. Francis (NY) received the remaining first
place votes, garnering one and two respectively, to place third and
fourth in the poll. Mount St. Mary's was just ahead of CCSU in
fifth place, while Sacred Heart finished directly behind the Blue
Devils in seventh. Long Island and St. Francis (PA) tied for eighth
and Robert Morris took 10th in the pre-season poll. A newcomer to
the NEC standings, Bryant took the 11th spot.
an incredible run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007, CCSU failed to make
the NEC Tournament in 2008. This year's captains, senior Eddie
Floyd and junior Robert Cavener, will look to
guide the Blue Devils back to the conference tournament and win
their second NEC Championship in three years. Both midfielders,
Floyd and Cavener will control the CCSU squad on and off the field
brings in a talented group of newcomers in 2009, headlined by
Taylor Morgan and Xavier Forsberg. Morgan, a forward from
Southampton, England, has been playing with the English National
Schoolboy team prior to his time in New Britain. Forsberg is a
defender and hails from Green Point, Australia. He is a former
captain of the Australian National Schoolboy team.
Blue Devils open up the season on the road against Vermont and New
Hampshire at the Nike New Hampshire Classic. Central will challenge
the Catamounts on Friday September 4 at 4:30 p.m. and then take on
the host Wildcats on Sunday September 6 at 2:30 p.m.