PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers University men’s soccer team is ranked 12th nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Poll, released on Tuesday." />
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Rutgers Men’s Soccer Ranked 12th In NSCAA Preseason Poll
  • Posted on August 24, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University men’s soccer team is ranked 12th nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Poll, released on Tuesday.

    The Scarlet Knights return eight starters from a team that finished the 2003 season 11-7-4, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. RU finished the season tied for 23rd in the final NSCAA poll of the season.

    Rutgers is one of four BIG EAST schools represented on the preseason list, joining St. John’s (second), Notre Dame (ninth), Connecticut (10th) and Seton Hall (receiving votes).

    Six of RU’s 2004 opponents appear on the organization’s preseason poll, including three in the top 10. Besides St. John’s, Notre Dame, Connecticut and Seton Hall, Rutgers will face the University of Michigan (16th) and Old Dominion (18th) during the regular season.

    Rutgers meets Seton Hall on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Yurcak Field in the first of two exhibition matches. The Scarlet Knights will travel to Columbus, OH, to face Ohio State in a College Cup Preview match on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Rutgers opens its regular season at home against BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh on Friday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.

    NSCAA Preseason Rankings

    1. Indiana                               11. Southern Methodist                              21. Brown       
    2. St. John’s                           12. RUTGERS.                                          22. Binghamton
    3. Maryland                            13. Virginia Commonwealth                        23. Coastal Carolina
    4. Saint Louis                         14. Florida International                              24. Creighton
    5. Santa Clara                        15. UC Santa Barbara                                25. Alabama at Birmingham
    6. North Carolina                   16. Michigan 
    7. UCLA                                17. Fairleigh Dickinson                              
    8. Wake Forest                      18. Old Dominion                                      
    9. Notre Dame                       19. Tulsa                                                   
    10. Connecticut                        20. Virginia

    Also Receiving Votes: Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, Washington

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