Men's Soccer Picked Sixth in Preseason Poll
ST. PAUL - The MLC men's soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the UMAC in the preseason poll voted on by the coaches around the conference Thursday.
The Knights will rely on several experienced players returning in the midfield this season, led by senior Kaleb Buch. Buch has led the team in scoring each of the last two seasons with seven goals each year. Joining him will be sophomore Stephen Roekle, who started 16 games as a freshman and hopes to add more scoring punch this season. Junior Ryan Lemke returns at forward after scoring five goals last season.
MLC must replace several starters on defense and in goal, and will lean on the experience of seniors Ben Schone and Colton Berger. Schone started 17 games on defense last season , while Berger started all 18 at his defensive midfield position. Ethan Boese, David Roekle and Christopher Krug all bring experience and could help replace the starters lost from a season ago on defense or in the midfield.
St. Scholastica finished first in the poll with five first place votes and 47 total points, while Minnesota, Morris and Northwestern rounded out the top three with 41 and 39 points, respectively.
For the full release of the preseason poll from the conference, click on the link below.