BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Gulf South Conference coaches picked the University of West Florida men’s soccer team to finish first in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll announced today. The Argonauts topped the poll for the 11th consecutive season. Defending Gulf South champion Christian Brothers University of Memphis, Tenn., was the runner-up.
UWF’s women’s soccer team was second in the coaches’ poll. Defending champion North Alabama nipped the Argonauts by three points and third-place Valdosta State by 17.
Several Argonauts also were named to the men’s and women’s preseason all-conference teams. Forwards Frank Cope and Stephen Munoz, midfielders Richard Dixon and Nick Salafrio, and defender Trey Kramer represent West Florida on the preseason men’s squad.
Three Argonauts, defenders Daniela Cruz and Rachel Cutts, and midfielder Monica Malavassi, were selected for the women’s preseason team.
The Argonauts’ men will open the season Sept. 1 at Saint Leo University in central Florida and host Rollins College on Sept. 7.
The UWF women start their season Sept. 1 against Mount Olive and play Belmont Abbey two days later. Both games will be played at Dahlonega, Ga. The 2012 home opener will be against Rollins on Sept. 7.
For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.