8.23.12 MEN'S SOCCER: Walsh University Picked Third in Men's Soccer in GLIAC South

Men's Soccer, 2012-08-23

BAY CITY, Mich. The head men’s soccer coaches of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) chose Saginaw Valley State University and Notre Dame College to win the 2012 GLIAC men’s soccer North and South divisional titles, respectively, in preseason balloting.  The league's head coaches participated in the balloting, but were not allowed to vote for their team.

The Cardinals outreached Tiffin University by eight points in the North Division voting (42-34) and acquired five first-place votes. SVSU was the 2011 GLIAC Champion and earned a spot in the NCAA D-II postseason tournament last year. 

Tiffin, the defending GLIAC Tournament Champion, finished second in the poll with 34 points and two first-place votes. Northwood University collected 33 points to come in close third, accumulating the last two first-place votes. The Timberwolves also earned an NCAA D-II postseason bid last year.

 Ashland University was voted fourth in the North Division with 23 points. The University of Findlay finished with 12 points to finish fifth in the North.

Notre Dame earned seven first-place votes, giving the Falcons a five point margin over Ohio Dominican University to finish first in the South Division. Notre Dame is joining the conference as an affiliate member this year. ODU tallied 38 points and earned the last three first-place votes.

Walsh University, beginning its first year as a full member of the GLIAC, placed third in the South with 27 votes. Walsh finished a perfect 10-0 in the American Mideast Conference last year and 15-5 overall under first-year coach John Hall.  The Cavs open the season September 4 at Urbana.

Lake Erie College tallied 22 points, putting the Storm in fourth place. Malone University, also entering its first year in the GLIAC, finished in fifth place with 15 points.

GLIAC men’s soccer teams open play on Thursday Aug. 30 with conference play beginning Saturday, Sept. 8. Six teams will qualify for the 2012 GLIAC Men’s Soccer Tournament which will begin with quarterfinals on Oct. 30 on campus sites, with the semifinals and final held on Nov. 2 & 4 on the campus of the No. 1 seed.
For more information about GLIAC soccer please visit the GLIAC soccer web page at:  www.gliac.org.