Kansas City, Mo. – Lynn University's men's soccer team will enter the 2017 season ranked No. 10 in the nation, as announced in the United Soccer Coaches top-25 preseason poll. The Fighting Knights return nine starters off last season's 14-2-2 squad, which claimed both the Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament titles and earned an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Last year's national champion, Wingate, sits atop the country at the No. 1 position, followed by the University of Charleston, Rockhurst, UC-San Diego and Adelphi in the top-five.
The Fighting Knights return a bevy of heavy-hitters off of last year's program, including South Region and SSC Player of the Year Jack Watson as well as USC First Team All-American defender Niklas Tasky and First Team All-SSC goalkeeper Alexander Roth and midfielder Alun Webb.
Lynn opens the regular season on Friday, Sep. 1, against Auburn-Montgomery in a neutral-site match in West Palm Beach, Fla., but fans will get an opportunity to see the team for the first time on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 7 pm when it hosts Florida Atlantic.
The Fighting Knights will battle FAU in the first contest of the South Florida Showdown, a nine-game series pitting six NCAA Division I opponents against NCAA Division II Lynn University. Other programs involved in the #SoFloShow will be men's & women's basketball, baseball, men's golf and men's & women's tennis.
For more information on the South Florida Showdown, click here.