Lumberjacks picked ninth in CCAA Men’s Soccer preseason poll

HSU's Braxton Griffin

HSU's Braxton Griffin

Humboldt State

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Humboldt State men’s soccer team was picked to finish ninth in the California Collegiate Athletic Association preseason poll, the conference announced on Wednesday.

Humboldt State has an opportunity to post consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2000. The Jacks, led by third-year Head Coach Fred Jungemann, were one game above .500 last season, and finished with eight total wins. The 2014 season marked the program's first winning record since 2006 and the most wins in the last six years. HSU finished with 59 points in the poll.

The reigning NCAA West Region Champion Golden Eagles collected 139 points and a Conference-leading eight first-place votes. Defending CCAA Tournament Champion Cal Poly Pomona was picked to finish second with 123 points and four first-place votes, edging Cal State Dominguez Hills, which totaled 122 points, and garnering one first-place vote.

This year's poll predicts a battle for the final three spots in the CCAA post-season tournament with just nine points separating the fourth and eighth place finishers. Leading the group with 93 points was UC San Diego, followed by Cal State Stanislaus with 91 points, Chico State with 90 points, Cal State San Bernardino with 86 points, and Sonoma State with 85 points.

Rounding out the bottom half of the standings was Humboldt State, San Francisco State (52), Cal State Monterey Bay (34), Cal State East Bay (20), and Cal State San Marcos (20).

The HSU season begins with two neutral site games hosted by San Francisco State. The Jacks will open with Concordia (Ore.) on Sept. 4, and face Missouri-St. Louis on Sept. 6.

The Green and Gold will then travel for four consecutive matches before making its home debut with a pair of CCAA conference matchups on Sept. 23 and 25. The men will play at home six times, with each of those games being against conference teams.

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