NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University found itself in the top five with the release of the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's coaches' preseason men's soccer poll Tuesday, Aug. 15.
The Spartans garnered 53 points just six behind Mt. St. Joseph University (59) for fourth. Transylvania edged Rose-Hulman for preseason favorite status, winding up with 88 points and six first-place votes compared to the Fightin' Engineers' 85 points and four first-place picks.
Coach Corey Brueggeman's squad placed a quartet on the Players To Watch section. Returning honorable mention all-loop awardees Brandon Renninger, a sophomore defender from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Samuel Tetteh-Quarshie, a junior midfielder from Acra, Ghana, joined junior forward Drake DeWitt (Columbia City, Ind.) and junior midfielder Ben Niederhelman (Ross, Ohio) in being recognized.
The Spartans begin the 2017 campaign Friday, Sept. 1, at Illinois Tech.