College Sports

Eagles top preseason BSC poll

CHARLOTTE -- Winthrop's men's soccer team was chosen first for the second consecutive year in the Big South Conference's annual preseason poll, as voted by the league's coaches and sports information directors.

Winthrop senior forward Saidi Isaac was voted preseason player of the year.

In the women's balloting, Winthrop received more first-place votes (6), but Liberty was picked to win the title, getting 109 total points to 99 for the Lady Eagles.

Winthrop junior goalkeeper Dimitra Poulos was voted preseason player of the year.

Winthrop's men, last year's Big South regular-season and tournament champion, received 13 first-place votes and 97 out of a possible 98 points, finishing ahead of Coastal Carolina, which totaled one first-place vote and 77 points.

Coach Rich Posipanko's Eagles finished the 2006 season 15-3-4 and 5-1-1 in league play. Posipanko is four wins shy of 300 for his career, a mark only 25 Division I coaches have reached.

Isaac, the 2006 Big South Player of the Year, was named to the 2007 Hermann Trophy watch list and a third-team preseason All-American by College Soccer News.

The first-team All-Big South selection ranked seventh in the nation last season with 1.90 points per game and was tops in the league with 17 goals and 0.81 goals per game.

Isaac received 13 first-place votes and 27 points, finishing ahead of Coastal Carolina's Mkhokheli Dube, who notched one first-place votes and 10 points.

The men's soccer season begins Aug. 31 with five games. The conference championship is slated for Nov. 15-18 at Winthrop.