Four teams split first-place votes in this year's 2019 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll. Webster University picked up the majority of the votes, five to be exact, and finished with 72 total points to claim the top spot. They are followed in order by Spalding University, Greenville University, and Iowa Wesleyan University.

#1 Webster University

With an extremley experienced and deep team returning, Webster University is the favorite to win the 2019 SLIAC regular season title. The Gorloks bring back nine starters and 19 players from last year's club that advanced to the SLIAC Tournament. They will be anchored by senior Justin Schmidt, the two-time reigning SLIAC Defensive Player of the Year. Schmidt along with Cameron Killian lead a back line that helped the team record a conference record 15 shutouts last year. The Gorloks should be capable in controlling the ball where they bring back midfielders Juan Garcia, Edin Mehmedovic, and Hunter Olaso. Garcia finished second on the team with 6 goals while Mehmedovic added 8 points and Olaso started nine games as a sophomore. Forwards Aahman Murvin and Isaac Pearson have been All-Conference players in the past and will be counted on to provide scoring. In net, the Gorloks have the duo of Matt Amick and Matt Coffey. They combined for over 110 saves and 14 shutouts last season.

2018 Overall Record: 14-4-2

2018 SLIAC Record: 6-2-1

Head Coach: Mike Siener

#2 Spalding University

Coming in 2nd in the preseason poll is Spalding University with 68 points and 2 first-place votes. The Golden Eagles rolled to a 7-1-1 conference mark last season and return 20 players including seven starters from a squad that won a program record 14 games. Senior forward Kornell Hilliard is one of the top scorers in the league. A three time All-SLIAC selection he finished with 18 goals and 7 assists last season and has netted 43 goals in his career. Mirza Ugarak (6 goals, 6 assists) will provide an additional scoring option for the team. A First Team All-Conference selection last season, Faysal Jilani returns for his junior year as the defensive leader. In goal the Golden Eagles bring back Trevor Massa, a sophomore, who earned Third Team All-Conference honors last season after stopping 61 shots. Among the fresh faces that could see action are Alioune Cisse and Omar Mukoma.

2018 Overall Record: 14-4-1

2018 SLIAC Record: 7-1-1

Head Coach: Adam Boyer

#3 Greenville University

Greenville University was picked 3rd in the poll, tallying 66 points and picking up two first-place votes. The Panthers return a whopping 27 players from last year's team including eight starters; although the three losses were All-Conference players. They still bring back a collection of four All-Conference players, headlined by leading scorer Jared McPeek. In his freshman year McPeek scored 16 goals and added 4 assists, netting six game-winners for the Panthers and earning First Team All-Conference honors. He is joined up top by Adam Jones, a Third Team All-Conference pick last year, who registered 4 goals and 3 assists. Ruben Martinez, a Second Team All-Conference selection, is the leader of the defense and will be the last line of defense for keeper Nick Holland. Holland played over 1600-minutes in net last season and recorded a 0.98 goals-against average while being named Second Team All-Conference. Top newcomers are Santiago Alzate, Benn Jane, and Kyle Sunderland.

Head Coach: Chris Swift

#4 Iowa Wesleyan University

The growth of the Iowa Wesleyan University men's soccer program continued last season, making their first ever SLIAC Tournament. For their effort the Tigers picked up 54 points and the last remaining first-place vote from the coaches to come in 4th in this year's preseason poll. The Tigers return a league leading 35 players from last year's team to go along with six starters. Francisco Saldana (5 goals, 2 assists) will be the team's top scoring threat this year. The midfield will be run by the collection of Hugo Bonilla, Juan David Crespo, Cristian Garcia, and Elicer Urena. A pair of transfers in Cesar Arroyo and Carlos Lopez should battle for playing time while freshman Alberto Fernandez adds to the Tigers' already impressive depth.

2018 Overall Record: 9-12-1

2018 SLIAC Record: 6-3

Head Coach: Tony Odorisio

#5 Principia College

Principia College was chosen 5th in the poll, picking up 51 total points. The Panthers return 18 players and nine starters from last year's team that just missed the conference tournament. Offensively the Panthers will look to stand out Kaleb Keller. Keller, the two-time reigning SLIAC Offensive Player of the Year, has amassed 40 goals in just two seasons and led NCAA Division III in goals and points per game last year. George Agai, a midfielder, is back as well and will work with defenders Carson Hussey, Kaden Keller, and EG Pierce. Newcomers Juniour Baraza and Patrick Sherman will look to offset the loss of All-Conference midfielder Jack Rogers. Mikey Coyne, a freshman goalkeeper, will be among the competitors looking to secure the spot in net.

2018 Overall Record: 8-7-0

2018 SLIAC Record: 5-3-1

Head Coach: Jess Semnacher

#6 Fontbonne University

Coming in 6th in the preseason poll is Fontbonne University with 49 points. The Griffins return six starters and 19 players on a team that tied for 4th in the standings last fall. The Griffins are counting on their experienced midfielders and defenders to lead them this season. Heading up that list is defender Tyler Scales, who was just one of two players to start every game last season. Joining him on the back line is Nick Nelson, who made 12 starts. At midfield the Griffins have Brandon Baumgartner, who started every game as a true freshman, and Andres Castro (4 goals, 3 assists) who was named Third Team All-Conference last fall. Eric Volk has the early lead on the starting keeper spot after recording 39 saves in nearly 600 minutes of action last season. Top newcomers include Ethan Cowell, Drew Moser, and Jacob Reis.

2018 Overall Record: 9-9-0

2018 SLIAC Record: 6-3-0

Head Coach: Donnie Alberty

#7 Westminster College

Westminster College finished 7th in the poll with 33 points. The Blue Jays return 20 of their top 22 players including 10 starters. Head Coach Adam Galla believes it is that experience that will help the Blue Jays improve upon their .500 conference mark last year. Heading up the list of returners is Third Team All-Conference defender Josh Udinyiwe. His borther Phillip, a forward, is also back after tallying three goals last fall. Patrick Wisnewski led the team with 12 points last season and be a scoring option. In net Westminster will have Connor Bandre'. The 2017 SLIAC Tournament MVP made 71 stops last season while playing over 1200-minutes. Sam Brown and Freddy Nene are prep stars that should help the Blue Jays defense this fall.

2018 Overall Record: 5-11-1

2018 SLIAC Record: 4-4-1

Head Coach: Adam Galla

#8 MacMurray College

Coming in 8th on the poll is MacMurray College with 22 points. The Highlanders return seven starters including three along the back line; Erik Juarez, Josiah Spivey, and Jacob Trim. Trim could also see time in net as he did last year when he split time with fellow returner Brantley Estes. Midfielder Josh Hamlin was second on the team in scoring last season.

2018 Overall Record: 2-15-1

2018 SLIAC Record: 1-8-0

Head Coach: John Mansholt

#9 Eureka College

Eureka College was picked 9th with 16 points. The Red Devils bring back eight starters from a team that improved their win total by five from the previous year. However, they will have to replace the program's second all-time leading scorer, James Bowen. Diego Cintora and Michael Hansen are two players that could fill that role. Cintora recorded 4 goals and 3 assists last year while Hansen was second on the team with 6 goals and had a team high 6 assists. Cristian Marin will man the midfield while Ignacio Gutierrez heads up the defense. Moises Aldana saw plenty of action in net last season and finished with 87 saves and five shutouts. Ashton Epps, Michael Freer, and Sam Lin are newcomers that could work their way onto the field this fall.

2018 Overall Record: 7-10-0

2018 SLIAC Record: 2-7-0

Head Coach: Dwain Barker

#10 Blackburn College

Rounding out this year's poll is Blackburn College with 14 points. The Beavers return six starters which include Kevin Balaba, Alex Escamilla, and Jack McGrath. They expect freshman goalkeeper Chase Fielder and freshman defender David Myers to contribute to the team this season.

2018 Overall Record: 1-17-0

2018 SLIAC Record: 0-9-0

Head Coach: Rob Steinkuehler

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