BAY CITY, MICH. - The Northwood University men's soccer team was picked to finish fourth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league announced Wednesday (August 9).
Northwood finished with 21 points in the poll. Saginaw Valley State was the favorite with 33 points and four first place votes, followed by Davenport with 29 points and two first place votes.
Northwood enters the 2017 season led by head coach Doug Carter in his 17th season at the helm. The Timberwolves will look to build off an 11-4-3 record and GLIAC semi-final appearance last season as well as a GLIAC championship and tournament crown in 2015.
Northwood returns a strong catalyst of players including three of the four all-conference performers from a season ago as well as their top ten scorers from 2016. Senior James Vaughan earned First Team All-GLIAC honors as a Midfielder in 2016, while Sophomore Josh Wates and senior Zachary Bakos both claimed Second Team honors at Defense and Midfielder respectfully last year.
After recording the most successful season in program history in 2015 that included a round of 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, 2016 marked a season in which the Timberwolves re-loaded and now poses a 2017 roster laden with returning experience.
GLIAC Pre-Season Coaches' Poll
1. Saginaw Valley State
5. Northern Michigan
7. Purdue Northwest