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Bulls Picked to Finish Second in Red Division

By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - The Bulls were predicted to post a Red Division runner-up finish in the Big East Preseason Men's Soccer Coaches' Poll.

Head coach George Kiefer's squad received five first-place votes and collected 90 points. St. John's got six first-place votes and was selected as the Red Division favorite with 94 points.

USF captured the Red Division regular season title in 2011 with a 7-0-2 record in league play on the way to making a trip to the Elite Eight. Senior back Brenton Griffiths played a big role on that team and has been rewarded as a Preseason All-Big East Team selection.

Here is a look at the complete Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll along with all of the conference's preseason awards:

2012 BIG EAST MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL

Blue Division

Points

2011 Overall

2011 BIG EAST

2011 BIG EAST Regular Season Finish

1. Connecticut (13)

91

19-3-3

5-2-2

3rd

2. Notre Dame (1)

74

9-5-4

5-3-1

T-4th

3. Georgetown (1)

72

10-5-4

5-3-1

T-4th

4. Marquette

50

9-8-2

7-2-0

1st/regular season title

5. Providence

42

11-8-1

5-3-1

T-4th

6. Seton Hall

27

5-11-2

1-8-0

8th

7. Pittsburgh

15

4-13-1

2-7-0

7th

 

Red Division

Points

2011 Overall

2011 BIG EAST

2011 BIG EAST Regular Season Finish

1. St. John’s (6)

94

14-7-2

4-5-0

3rd/BIG EAST Championship title

2. USF (5)

90

13-4-4

7-0-2

1st/regular season title

3. Louisville (4)

89

14-7-2

3-4-2

4th

4. Rutgers

60

10-7-4

6-1-2

2nd

5. Villanova

59

8-9-4

3-5-1

T-5th

6. Cincinnati

31

6-11-1

2-7-0

7th

7. DePaul

29

6-11-2

3-5-1

T-5th

8. Syracuse

24

3-12-1

1-7-1

8th

                                 

2012 BIG EAST PRESEASON AWARD WINNERS

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Mamadou Doudou Diouf, Connecticut, F, Jr.

Preseason Co-Defensive Players of the Year

Andrew Farrell, Louisville, B, Jr.

Jimmy Nealis, Georgetown, B, Sr.

Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

*Andre Blake, Connecticut, GK, So.

Preseason All-BIG EAST Team^

Andre Blake, Connecticut, GK, So.

Carlos Alvarez, Connecticut, M, Sr.

*Mamadou Diouf, Connecticut, F, Jr.

Antonio Aguilar, DePaul, M, Sr.

Ian Christianson, Georgetown, M, Sr.

*Steve Neumann, Georgetown, F, Jr.

Jimmy Nealis, Georgetown, B, Sr.

Andrew Farrell, Louisville, B, Jr.

C. Nortey, Marquette, F, So.

Dillon Powers, Notre Dame, M, Sr.

Ryan Finley, Notre Dame, F, Sr.

Marc Cintron, Providence, M, Sr.

Jack Bennett, St. John's, M, Sr.

Tim Parker, St. John's, B, So.

Brenton Griffiths, USF, B, Sr.

*unanimous selection

^ extra member added due to voting ties




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