For the third consecutive year, Winthrop's men's soccer team has been chosen first in the Big South Conference's annual preseason poll, as voted by BSC soccer coaches. In addition, the coaches voted Eagles senior forward Daniel Revivo the BSC's Preseason Player of the Year.
Winthrop is aiming to win its second championship in three years. The Eagles received four first-place votes and 73 out of a possible 81 points in the voting.
Liberty was chosen second. The Flames totaled four first-place votes and 72 points from the panel.
The Eagles, led by coach Rich Posipanko, finished the 2007 season 3-2-1 in BSC play and 11-4-3 overall. The Eagles had the nation's 11th-best scoring offense as Winthrop put in 2.17 goals per game at season's end.
Revivo closed out the 2007 campaign ranked No. 5 nationally with 1.76 points per game and seventh in the country with 0.76 goals per game. He was named a 2008 preseason All-American by CollegeSoccerNews.com and was one of two Big South players named to the 2008 Hermann Trophy Watch List.
The 2006 Big South Tournament MVP, Revivo found the back of the net 13 times last season and dished out four assists. Revivo garnered five first-place nods and 12 points from the panel. Liberty's Joshua Boateng, who joins Revivo on the Hermann Trophy Watch List, finished second in the voting with one top vote and seven points.
Rank Team (first-place votes)
1. Winthrop (4)
2. Liberty (4)
3. Coastal Carolina (1)
5. High Point