OKLAHOMA CITY (August 11, 2010) – The inaugural Lubbock Christian University men's soccer program knew they wouldn't have the attention of Sooner Athletic Conference coaches since they have yet to play a game in program history, but they were not the last team ranked in the SAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Chaparrals are ranked tenth in the 11-team conference ahead of Wayland Baptist University.
The Drovers of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma are picked to repeat as champions of Sooner Athletic Conference men's soccer. The Drovers were 8-0-1 in the SAC and 17-2-1 overall last season. They claimed eight of 11 first-place votes and carried 98 points in the poll.
Oklahoma City (15-4-2 in 2009) took the remaining three first-place votes and finished second at 92 points.
Southern Nazarene (9-6-2) is third at 76, followed by Rogers State (13-6-1) with 66, John Brown (10-8-1) with 58 and Oklahoma Christian (9-6-2) with 57.
Oklahoma Baptist is seventh at 56, followed by Mid-America Christian with 40, St. Gregory's with 31, Lubbock Christian with 21 and Wayland Baptist with 10.
The first NAIA national ranking comes out next week. LCU opens their season with an exhibition game on August 21st at University of Texas – Permian Basin before opening the regular season at home on August 28th against University of the Southwest (N.M.).
2010 Sooner Athletic Conference Men's Preseason Soccer Coaches'
Rank School (1st place votes) Points 2009 Record
1. Science & Arts Oklahoma (8) 98 17-2-1
2. Oklahoma City (3) 92 15-4-2
3. Southern Nazarene 76 9-6-2
4. Rogers State 66 13-6-1
5. John Brown 58 10-8-1
6. Oklahoma Christian 57 9-6-2
7. Oklahoma Baptist 56 5-10-3
8. Mid-America Christian 40 11-10-1
9. St. Gregory's 31 8-9
10. Lubbock Christian 21 NA
11. Wayland Baptist 10 0-16
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