Fresh off the program's first national championship, the University of Charleston is the preseason favorite to win the 2018 Mountain East Conference Men's Soccer title.
The Golden Eagles have won four-straight regular season titles, but will have to replace several key components from last year's championship, including the conference's all-time leader in points Will Roberts. UC will also be rebuilding a bit in the back with a new goalkeeper and the departure of the 2017 MEC Defensive Player of the Year, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, but return first team All-MEC defender Armando Tikvic. UC also brings back all-conference honorees Ettore Ballestracci, Gabriel Cabral and Williams N'Dah to make a run at another title.
Urbana was picked to finish fourth in the poll, followed by Concord. The Blue Knights earned the fourth spot in the MEC Tournament last season and posted a 10-7-0 record on the year. UU will be led by defender Zach Poff and midfielder Jasminko Dizdarevic. Concord fielded a young and talented team last year and brings back forward Sam Ashton, Xander Bailey and Moulay Hassani.
West Liberty and Wheeling Jesuit tied for sixth in the poll with 19 points. The Hilltoppers are in their first year as a varsity program. Shepherd rounded out the poll in eighth.