MACON, Ga. – Coming off a season that saw the Lipscomb men’s soccer team claim its first Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship, the Bisons were picked to finish third in the 2015 preseason poll voted on by the league’s coaches.
Also included in the preseason honors are senior Matt Kerridge and sophomore Ivan Alvarado earning spots on the All-Conference team.
“I am happy for both Matt and Ivan and I think they are well-deserved,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “With their performances last year, I don’t know how a preseason all-conference team could be made without their names being on it.
“At the end of the day it’s nice to get those preseason accolades, but we are more concerned with what happens at the end of the season. If this team puts everything together like we believe they will, then we feel like there will be a lot of guys who will find themselves getting awards in November.”
Kerridge was a First Team All-Conference and NSCAA All-Southeast Region Second Team a year ago after posting a breakout junior campaign. The Golden, Colorado native scored seven goals and assisted on three others. He finished with 17 total points to rank third in the league and also picked up two weekly honors.
Alvarado was named the A-Sun’s Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the First Team All-Conference in 2014 after scoring four goals in 17 games. He also contributed with eight assists, the second-most in the A-Sun. The midfielder out of Fort Worth, Texas racked up 16 total points to finish fourth in the conference. He also picked up two player of the week awards.
FGCU enters the season as the league favorite after picking up 32 total points, including three first-place votes. The Eagles won the tournament championship for the third time in the past four seasons. North Florida, a 2014 A-Sun Championship finalist, was picked to finish second with 29 points, including two first-place votes. Jacksonville was projected to finished fourth, while Stetson and USC Upstate rounded out the 2015 A-Sun Preseason Coaches Poll.