YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer team opens up the 2013 season ranked ninth in the NSCAA Preseason Top 25 as announced by the organization recently. The Spartans ended 2012 season ranked 12th in the country.
The Spartans went 18-2-4 last fall and return a strong core of players in addition to an exciting influx of newcomers that should make York a strong player on the national stage.
Messiah, the reining national champions, hold down the top spot in the poll followed by Loras, Williams, Amherst, and Ohio Northern. Montclair State and Wheaton (Ill.) are tied at six followed by Trinity (Texas). Scranton follows York as the Royals round out the top ten.
The Spartans are the four-time defending Capital Athletic Conference champions and are the only CAC team ranked in the top 25.
York will face two preseason top 25 teams during the season. They travel to 16th ranked Susquehanna on September 14. They will then host top ranked Messiah on September 24 in a rematch of the epic NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game that ended in a tie before the Falcons advanced in penalty kicks in York.
Spartan head coach Mark Ludwig appreciates the early season recognition but knows it doesn't mean much once the season starts.
"It's nice to be recognized early, but it is always our goal to end the season in the top ten," said Ludwig. "We want to put ourselves into a position to be one of the best teams in the country. We have a good squad but we have a great deal of work to do before we reach our potential. Our schedule is a tough one and should prepare us for the rigors of conference and post-season play."
The Spartans open the season on Friday, August 30 against Lycoming at Millville High School in Millville, PA. They open their home season two days later on September 1 when they host North Carolina Wesleyan.