Aug 20, 2013
Denver, Colo. – In a vote of the conference head coaches, the San José State men’s soccer team has been selected to finish in fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) this season and junior defender Andy Kelly is a preseason All-WAC honoree.
CSU Bakersfield was selected first in the poll receiving five first-place votes and 47 total points. Air Force, last year’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament champion, finished second in the poll with two first-place votes and 43 points. UNLV is third, with 30 points, followed closely by San José State with 29. UMKC was picked fifth, with 26 points, followed by Seattle U (19), Grand Canyon (18) and Houston Baptist (12).
This is the first year of men’s soccer in the WAC since 1999. The league is made up of eight teams divided into two divisions and includes both full time members of the WAC and affiliates. The East Division is comprised of Air Force, Grand Canyon, Houston Baptist and UMKC. The West Division consists of CSU Bakersfield, UNLV, San Jose State and Seattle U.
The WAC Men’s Soccer Tournament will be held at the Air Force Academy, November 14-15 and 17. Every team, except Grand Canyon, will participate. The Antelopes are ineligible due to their transition from Division II to Division I.
Spartan junior defender Andy Kelly, a transfer from Saint Peters University in Jersey City, N.J., was selected to the Preseason All-WAC team. Jordan Rideout, a junior forward at UMKC, and Caleb Downey, a senior defender at Air Force, have been selected at the preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively.
San José State opens its with an exhibition match against UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday, August 21. The regular season gets underway on Friday, August 30 against Sacramento State. Both matches are scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
2013 WAC Preseason Coaches' Poll
|Team (1st Place Votes)||Pts.|
|1.||CSU Bakersfield (5)||47|
|2.||Air Force (2)||43|
|4.||San José State||29|
|7.||Grand Canyon (1)||18|
2013 Preseason All-WAC Team
|Brian Klazura||Sr.||F||Air Force|
|Eduardo Caldaza||So.||F||CSU Bakersfield|
|Miguel Gonzalez||Sr.||F||Seattle U|
|Lucas Dall'Orso||Jr.||MF||CSU Bakersfield|
|Kristopher Tyrpak||Sr.||MF||Houston Baptist|
|Caleb Downey||Sr.||D||Air Force|
|Scott Luedtke||Sr.||D||CSU Bakersfield|
|Andy Kelly||Jr.||D||San José State|
|Jake Feener||Sr.||GK||Seattle U|
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Jordan Rideout, Jr., F, UMKC
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Caleb Downey, Sr., D, Air Force