C. Nortey looks to advance the ball last season against Pitt. (Photo by Maggie Casey/MarquetteImages.com)
Back on Monday, the Big East announced the results of the preseason coaches' polling for men's soccer. Defending Blue Division champion Marquette was picked to finish fourth in the division this year, falling behind Connecticut (13 first place votes), Notre Dame (1 vote), and Georgetown (1 vote). Over in the Red Division, 2011 Big East Champion St. John's (6 votes) squeaked out the top spot in front of USF (5 votes) and Louisville (4 votes).
In the individual award department, Connecticut junior forward Mamadou Diouf, the Big East's returning leading goal scorer, was named preseason Offensive Player Of The Year. Georgetown's Jimmy Nealis and Louisville's Andrew Farrell were named Co-Defensive Player Of The Year. Continuing the awards for the Huskies, sophomore Andre Blake was a unanimous selection as preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.
Marquette is represented on the preseason All-Big East team by sophomore C. Nortey. Nortey finished fifth in the Big East in points and fourth in goals last year while leading Marquette in both categories.
Hit the jump, and we'll get to the full listing of the all conference team.
Apparently there were a bunch of ties in the voting other than for preseason Defender Of The Year, because this squad has FIFTEEN members. Nine members of the team are in Marquette's division, and three of those - Blake, Diouf, and Georgetown's Steve Neumann - are unanimous selections, as notated with the asterisk.
*Andre Blake, Connecticut, GK, So.
Carlos Alvarez, Connecticut, M, Sr.
*Mamadou Diouf, Connecticut, F, Jr.
Antonio Aguilar, DePaul, M, Sr.
Ian Christianson, Georgetown, M, Sr.
*Steve Neumann, Georgetown, F, Jr.
Jimmy Nealis, Georgetown, B, Sr.
Andrew Farrell, Louisville, B, Jr.
C. Nortey, Marquette, F, So.
Dillon Powers, Notre Dame, M, Sr.
Ryan Finley, Notre Dame, F, Sr.
Marc Cintron, Providence, M, Sr.
Jack Bennett, St. John’s, M, Sr.
Tim Parker, St. John’s, B, So.
Brenton Griffiths, USF, B, Sr.