Former Winthrop men's soccer standout Henry Kalungi has been named to the United Soccer League Second Division Team of the Week. Kalungi, making his first appearance on the team of the week this season, helped the Richmond Kickers record a 1-0 victory over Harrisburg last weekend. The victory pulled Richmond within three points of first place behind the Charleston Battery with one game remaining.
It is the second time in Kalungi's career he has been selected to the USL Team of the Week. He has been an important piece in the defense as the Kickers have recorded 17 shutouts since his arrival in Richmond in 2009. The Kickers have recorded nine blankings this season.
Kalungi and the Kickers will wrap up the regular season at home on Saturday against Maryland.
WOMEN'S SOCCER -- Winthrop was picked to finish seventh in the annual Big South Conference poll of women's soccer coaches from around the conference.
The Lady Eagles received a total of 36 points in the poll after finishing last season with a 5-10-6 overall record and 2-5-2 mark in the conference. Winthrop also made its first appearance in the Big South tournament title game in 2009, falling to High Point in penalty kicks.
Liberty, the defending regular season champions, was predicted to finish first after tallying a total of 94 points and five first-place votes. Charleston Southern was picked second with 87 points and four first-place votes, while Coastal Carolina garnered third-place honors with 72 points.
Charleston Southern forward Marky Boyce was named the preseason Attacking Player of the Year, while Radford goalkeeper Lisa Lubke was voted the preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Winthrop will open its season on Saturday with an exhibition match at Wofford, followed by a home exhibition contest with The Citadel on Tuesday. The regular season will begin on the road against Georgia Southern at 4 p.m. on Aug. 20.
2010 Big South Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Poll
Team (first-place votes) Points: 1. Liberty (5) 94; 2. Charleston Southern (4) 87; 3. Coastal Carolina 72; 4. High Point (1) 69; 5. Radford 68; 6. Gardner-Webb 55; 7. Winthrop 36; 8. VMI 31; 9. UNC Asheville 23; 10. Presbyterian 15.
KICKS AGAINST CANCER -- The second annual Kicks Against Cancer Game will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Winthrop Soccer Complex. The inaugural game last year raised nearly $20,000 for the American Cancer Society. Donations for this year's game have topped the $14,000 mark. For more information contact Winthrop men's soccer coach Rich Posipanko at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-323-2129, ext. 6236.