Lexington, Ky. – Coming off two consecutive conference tournament titles, the Transylvania men's soccer team has been projected to win the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference according to the annual preseason coaches' poll, released on Monday.
The Pioneers, which captured the 2017 HCAC regular-season championship and finished in second place in conference play last season before repeating as the conference tournament champions, received 77 voting points to finish one point ahead of Hanover College in the poll. Hanover checked in at second place in the preseason voting after finishing first in the regular-season table last year.
Both teams enter the 2019 season highly regarded in the conference pecking order with Hanover and Transylvania splitting the first-place votes at five votes apiece.
The Pioneers produced a 6-1-2 record in conference play to take second place in the 2018 conference regular-season table before reeling off a conference tournament championship match victory at Hanover, winning on penalty kicks. The Pioneers begin the 2019 slate coming off two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Transylvania head coach Matt Vogel leads the Pioneers in his sixth campaign entering the 2019 season.
The Pioneers hit the pitch for the first time this year on Friday, August 30 as they visit Penn State Altoona in Pennsylvania at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time. Transylvania opens up its home schedule on Wednesday, September 18 in an archrival clash with the Centre College Colonels at Pat Deacon Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
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