Aug. 12, 2011
2011 NSCAA Preseason Poll
STORRS, Conn. - The preseason rankings and awards lists are being released and UConn men's soccer is featured prominently. Senior Tony Cascio (Gilbert, Ariz.) has been named a Preseason First Team All-American by collegesoccernews.com. The Huskies have also been ranked No. 7 in the preseason poll by the same publication.
Cascio enters the 2011 season after racking up the awards in 2010. During his junior campaign, Cascio led the Huskies with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. He was tabbed as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year while earning All-BIG EAST First Team honors. He was a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy presented to the National Player of the Year.
The end-of-season award period also saw Cascio named to the NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-America First Team, the NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team, the College Soccer News All-America First Team and a Soccer America Second Team MVP.
Junior midfielder Carlos Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) was also honored by College Soccer News, earning Second Team Preseason All-America honors. Alvarez led the Huskies and the BIG EAST Conference in 2010 with 14 assists. He added four goals for 22 points on the year. Alvarez was named to the 2010 NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team and the 2010 All-BIG EAST First Team.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recently announced the Preseason Top-25 and the Huskies came in at No. 8. UConn finished the 2010 campaign with a 12-2-6 record, falling in penalty kicks to Brown in the NCAA Second Round.
UConn will face nine teams that were ranked in the Top-25 or received votes in the latest NSCAA poll. BIG EAST foe Louisville has been ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll after advancing to the NCAA Championship in 2010. UConn will travel to Louisville, Ky. to face the Cardinals on Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.
UConn's incredibly demanding schedule has the Huskies on the road to face six of the nine teams ranked or receiving votes. UConn will host California (7) on September 4, Providence (RV) on October 12, and Georgetown (RV) on October 22. The Huskies will play on the road at Tulsa (RV), SMU (5), Boston College (25), Louisville (1), Notre Dame (12), and West Virginia (RV).
College Soccer News 2011 First Team Preseason All-America
Colin Rolfe - Senior - Forward - Louisville
Ethan Finlay - Junior - Forward - Creighton
Antoine Hoppenot - Senior - Forward - Princeton
Tony Cascio - Senior - Midfielder - Connecticut
Arthur Ivo - Senior - Midfielder - SMU
Kelyn Rowe - Sophomore - Midfielder - UCLA
Ian Christianson - Junior - Midfielder - Georgetown
Andrew Wenger - Junior - Defender - Duke
Austin Berry - Senior - Defender - Louisville
Matt Hedges - Senior - Defender - North Carolina
James Belshaw - Junior - Goalkeeper - Duke
College Soccer News 2011 Second Team Preseason All-America
Casey Townsend - Senior - Forward - Maryland
Sam Garza - Junior - Forward - UC Santa Barbara
Ryan Finley - Junior - Forward - Notre Dame
Enzo Martinez - Junior - Midfielder - North Carolina
Warren Creavalle - Senior - Midfielder - University of Central Florida
Carlos Alvarez - Junior - Midfielder - Connecticut
David Tiemstra - Senior - Defender - Ohio State
Justin Chavez - Senior - Defender - Tulsa
Raymond Gaddis - Senior - Defender - West Virginia
Thomas Brandt - Senior - Defender - Penn
David Meves - Junior - Goalkeeper - Akron
College Soccer News 2011 Third Team Preseason All-America
Billy Schuler - Junior - Forward - North Carolina
Karo Okiomah - Senior - Forward - High Point
Brent Richards - Senior - Forward - Washington
Bryan Gaul - Senior - Forward - Bradley
Andrew Bulls - Senior - Midfielder - UMBC
Josey Portillo - Senior - Midfielder - Florida Gulf Coast University
Michael Bustamante - Senior - Midfielder - Boston University
Aaron Maund - Senior - Defender - Notre Dame
Charles Rodriguez - Senior - Defender - Charlotte
Tyler Polak - Sophomore - Defender - Creighton
Matt Lampson - Junior - Goalkeeper - Ohio State