THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013
Saroli Named to Preseason Team
MACON, Ga.—Rising junior forward Matheus Saroli was named to the Atlantic Sun Preseason Team on Thursday when the results were announced by the league office. The Dolphins were also picked to finish sixth in the conference.
In just his first season at JU, Saroli lead the Dolphins and was second overall in the A-Sun with seven goals and 18 points. Transferring to JU after his freshman season, he made an immediate impact on the field as the Dolphins’ top playmaker. All throughout the season he showed his creativity and touch with the ball and garnered First Team All-Conference honors. His two goals and an assist led JU to a 5-1 victory over cross-town rival UNF that secured the Dolphins a trip to the postseason tournament.
The Dolphins also were picked to finish sixth by the coaches around the league. In his inaugural season as the head coach, Ryan Pratt led JU to a 4-13-1 record. On a team that had no seniors and few upperclassman, the Dolphins and Pratt did well to finish in the top six in the conference and qualify for the A-Sun Tournament. With another year of experience under their belts and a talented group of newcomers, the Dolphins expect to improve on their record last season and challenge for a title.
The season kicks off for the Dolphins on August 21 when they travel to Orlando, Fla. to take on UCF for the team’s first of three exhibition matches. The Dolphins will start the regular season at home when they host Valparaiso on August 30.
Preseason All-Atlantic Sun Team
Pos Name School Cl Hometown Academic Major
GK Greg Ranjitsingh Mercer Jr. Pickering, Ontario Communications
D Blaike Woodruff ETSU Jr. Georgetown, Texas Applied Science
D Aaron Guillen FGCU So. Chihuahua, Mexico Management
D Omar Djabi Lipscomb Jr. Franklin, Tenn. Accounting
D Joey Heavner Mercer Sr. Landisville, Pa. Business
MF Itode Fubara ETSU Sr. Ogbema, Nigeria Information Technology
MF Rodrigo Saravia FGCU So. Guatemala City, Guatemala Management
MF Ryan King Mercer Sr. Norcross, Ga. Engineering
F David Geno ETSU Sr. Kingsport, Tenn. Sport Management
F Felipe DeSousa FGCU So. Vila Velha, Brazil Communications
F Matheus Saroli Jacksonville Jr. Porto Alegre, Brazil Sociology
F Ehjayson Henry Mercer Sr. Harris Village, St. Kitts Mechanical Engineering
**- A tie in voting resulted in a 12-man all-conference team
Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll