Bertilsson named to preseason All-SAC First Team

Bertilsson named to preseason All-SAC First Team

ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – Lenoir-Rhyne has been tabbed the South Atlantic Conference favorite for the 2019 men's soccer season, the conference announced today. The Bears collected six first-place votes and 101 total points, as voted by the league's head men's soccer coaches.

The Bears are fresh off their first-ever SAC regular season championship, after finishing the 2018 season with a record of 11-6 overall and 7-3 in the conference play.

Queens claimed the No. 2 spot with two first-place vote and 100 points. Anderson earned the No. 3 ranking with 83 and one first place vote, while Wingate and Tusculum were both picked to finish at No. 4 with 81 total points and a first place vote each.  Lincoln Memorial came in No. 6 with 68 points, and Carson-Newman followed close behind at No. 7 with 67 points.

Newberry slides into the No. 8 spot with 40 points and Mars Hill was tabbed No. 9 with 38 points. Coker came in at No. 10 with 33 points and Catawba earned the No. 11 ranking with 23 points.

In addition to the 2019 SAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll, the 2019 SAC Men's Soccer Preseason All-Conference teams were also announced. Voted on by the league's media relations directors, the preseason all-conference teams features six players from Tusculum, four players from Anderson, three players from Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate, two players from Carson-Newman, Mars Hill, and Queens, and a player each from Catawba and Newberry.

The 2019 South Atlantic Men's Soccer season will get underway starting on September 5 with seven of the league's 11 teams taking the field. Conference play will begin on September 18.

2019 Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

1.

Lenoir-Rhyne (6)

101

2.

Queens (2)

100

3.

Anderson (1)

83

T-4.

Wingate (1)

81

T-4.

Tusculum (1)

81

6.

Lincoln Memorial

68

7.

Carson-Newman

67

8.

Newberry

40

9.

Mars Hill

38

10.

Coker

33

11.

Catawba

23

 

2019 SAC Men's Soccer Preseason All-Conference

First Team

F – Soren Nygaard, Wingate                                                      
F – Sebastian Bertilsson, Mars Hill
F – Ibrahim Nadir, Newberry
F – Tobias Solem Karlsen, Carson-Newman
MF – Fabian Proesch, Tusculum
MF – Greg Evans, Carson-Newman
MF – Victor Cascon, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Elliot Cutts, Wingate
D – Lucas Mostajo, Anderson 
D – Georgios Charkoutsakis, Tusculum
D – Alan Brandao, Lincoln Memorial
D – Michael Hornsby, Queens
GK – Gal Elyashiv, Anderson 

Second Team

F – Hunter Faust, Catawba
F – Goncalo Garcia, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Harry Ward, Anderson
MF – Henrique Devens, Tusculum
MF – Carles Montoliu Lobo, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Mattia Ditommaso, Wingate
MF – Edgar Cervantes, Tusculum
D – Jeppe Christensen, Mars Hill
D – Clément Dagorn, Tusculum
D – Julio Neto, Lincoln Memorial
D – Ryan Tyrer, Anderson 
GK – Sebastian Kalk, Queens
GK - Alejandro Quiriti, Tusculum