Riding off the coattails of two of the best seasons in program history which culminated in an undefeated campaign and National Championship in NCAA Division II last season, the Franklin Pierce men’s soccer team was voted No. 1 in the country in United Soccer Coaches’ preseason top-25 poll release last week.
In the program’s last two seasons, the Ravens went a combined 45-1-1, including back-to-back Northeast-10 Conference championships. The Ravens finished last season 25-0-1 and defeated Colorado St.-Pueblo 2-0 in Seattle to claim the program’s third national championship.
Colorado St.-Pueblo came in at No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by Barry University (Miami, Fla.), Lake Erie College (Ohio) and the University of Charleston. Pierce defeated Charleston and Lake Erie in the NCAA Tournament enroute to last season’s title.