Aug 23, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team was picked to finish second in the 2013 West Coast Conference Preseason Poll, released by the conference on Friday. The Toreros had two players selected to the preseason All-WCC team as well in seniors Elijah Galbraith-Knapp and Julian Ringhof.
As an early indication of the wide open race for this year's WCC crown, the seven first-place votes from the conference coaches were scattered among five different teams. USD received two first-place votes and 45 points overall, while Santa Clara was voted to win the conference after collecting 47 total points and one first-place vote. Loyola Marymount was picked for third after taking home two first-place votes, followed by San Francisco and Saint Mary's, who each picked up one first-place vote apiece. Portland and Gonzaga rounded out the final two spots in the poll.
Galbraith-Knapp, a senior from San Diego, was a second-team All-WCC selection last season after starting all 21 games he appeared in in the midfield. He tallied three goals, including two game-winners, to go along with an assist for seven points overall on the year.
Ringhof, a fifth-year senior defender from Sexau, Germany, turned in a strong year in 2012 after transferring to USD from Cal State Los Angeles. Ringhof was a third-team NSCAA All-Region selection as well an All-WCC second-teamer. Ringhof also scored a pair of goals on the year, including one in USD's Elite Eight loss at Georgetown in last year's NCAA Tournament.
USD won the 2012 WCC title, their first since 2009, and put together their second-best NCAA Tournament run in team history after advancing to the Elite Eight. The Toreros posted a 14-9-0 overall record last season and a 9-3-0 mark in WCC play.
The Toreros open the 2013 campaign at San Diego State on Aug. 30 at 7 pm. They play their first WCC contest on Oct. 2 at home against Loyola Marymount.
2013 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. Santa Clara (1) 47
2. San Diego (2) 45
3. Loyola Marymount (2) 44
4. San Francisco (1) 41
5. Saint Mary's (1) 38
6. Portland 34
7. Gonzaga 6
2013 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM
Player School Yr. Pos.
Miguel Aguilar San Francisco Jr. F
Derek Boggs Portland Jr. M
Mark Daus Santa Clara Sr. D
Mauricio Diaz De Leon San Francisco Sr. M
Elijah Galbraith-Knapp San Diego Sr. M
Nick Hamer Gonzaga Sr. M
Liam Kelly San Francisco Sr. F
Lars Ludwigs Gonzaga RS-Jr. M
Ryan Masch Santa Clara So. F
Julian Ringhof San Diego RS-Sr. D
Pedro Velazquez Loyola Marymount So. F