The Winthrop men's soccer team, still collecting the rewards of the solid 2006 season, is ranked 30th in the nation in the College Soccer News Preseason top 30 national poll.
The Eagles, who captured the 2006 Big South Conference regular-season and tournament titles, are expected to have another strong season, with eight starters returning. Senior forward Saidi Isaac, the Big South Player of the Year, and junior forward Daniel Revivo, the BSC tournament MVP, head the list of veterans.
Coach Rich Posipanko was pleased about the national preseason rating and showed confidence about the coming season.
"We are certainly pleased to receive this recognition at the national level. However, we are very well aware that it is a preseason ranking, and our goal is to be there at season's end," he said. "I will say, we have all worked extremely hard to get to this level and it is very deserving."
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• Winthrop rising seniors John Gilkerson and Isaac have been named to the Premiere Development League All-Conference Teams.
Gilkerson was selected to the Eastern Conference team as he helped Hampton Roads lead the PDL in goals against. Gilkerson was also named to the PDL team of the week twice. He finished with one goal and four assists while playing outside back.
Isaac was named to the Central Conference team after recording seven goals and one assist in 13 games.
• COLLEGE TENNIS -- Rock Hill's Gab Carvalho, the No. 1 player at Sewanee, has earned All-America tennis honors in singles and doubles.
Carvalho, daughter of Winthrop tennis coach Cid Carvalho, led the Tigers to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Association title and a third-place finish in the NCAA Division III National Tournament last year.
Carvalho finished the season with a No. 5 national ranking and teamed with Laura Fanjoy for a No. 15 national ranking in doubles.
• LOCAL GOLF -- Gary and Katie Garahan of Rock Hill won the 10th Carolinas Parent-Child Golf Championship over the weekend, getting a birdie on the second playoff hole to beat Gary Robinson and daughter Lauren Veauthier of Fayetteville, N.C.
After the teams tied with pars on the first playoff hole at Southern Pines, N.C., Katie hit her tee shot to 10 feet on the second hole and Gary rolled home the putt.
The Garahans shot a best ball 67 at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club.
• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Michigan and Notre Dame will be knocking helmets on the football field for another two decades.
The two storied programs agreed to a 20-year contract extension Monday that will have them playing annually through 2031. The series was set to expire after the 2011 season.
• HOLE IN ONE -- Jonathan Taylor aced the par 3 No. 13 hole at Carolina Crossing using an 8-iron. The 155-yard shot was witnessed by Nicholas Bailey and Chad Bailey.
• SOCCER -- Freddy Adu arrived in Portugal to negotiate personal terms on a move to Benfica from Major League Soccer.
The MLS and Benfica have already agreed on a $2 million transfer fee for the 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who was captain of the U.S. team at the under-20 World Cup this year.