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Cortland Men’s, Women’s Soccer Ranked Preseason No. 1 and No. 2 In SUNYAC Coaches’ Polls

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The SUNY Cortland men’s soccer team was recently voted the preseason No. 1 in the SUNYAC conference in a poll of the conference’s coaches.

The Red Dragons are after their 19th overall SUNYAC title this season, which would be the second under current head coach Steve Axtell.

The Red Dragons finished last season ranked No. 1 with a final conference record of 8-1-0.

They lost to Brockport in the SUNYAC championship game (2-0), but received an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.

Cortland defeated Newbury College, 3-1, and Elizabethtown, 5-2, before ending their playoff run in the third round in a nail-biting loss to Messiah, 3-2.

Here’s what the rest of the preseason SUNYAC men’s rankings look like:

1. Cortland, 79
2. Oneonta, 70
3. Brockport, 67
4. New Paltz, 55
5. Geneseo, 43
Plattsburgh, 43
7. Buffalo State, 41
8. Oswego, 22
9. Potsdam, 16
10. Fredonia, 14


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Meanwhile, the SUNY Cortland women’s team was ranked #2 on their preseason coaches’ poll, one spot behind the Geneseo Knights team that got the best of the Red Dragons in last year’s SUNYAC Conference Final.

Cortland finished the regular season with a final record of 6-2-1.

They’re now chasing their ninth SUNYAC women’s soccer title, and the first since 2012 under head coach Heidi Axtell.

2019 SUNYAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll

  1. Geneseo, 81
  2. Cortland, 69
  3. Plattsburgh, 64
  4. Potsdam, 59
  5. Oneonta, 49
  6. Brockport, 36
  7. Fredonia, 30
  8. Oswego, 29
  9. New Paltz, 17
  10. Buffalo State, 16

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