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Blue Knights slated 12th in preseason soccer poll

The Urbana men's soccer team received a number-12 national ranking in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, the highest preseason ranking in program history. The Blue Knights posted a combined 27-10-3 overall record the past 2 seasons with back-to-back appearances in the Atlantic Region Final (round of 16).

Last year, UU (14-5-1, 9-3 MEC) finished 13th in the final 2016 Division II rankings. The Blue Knights received votes in 10 of the 12 weekly polls while appearing 12th in Week 2. UU received votes to become ranked among the nation's elite programs in 18 of the previous 20 polls, dating back to the 2015 season.

Now entering his 10th year, head coach Nick Roberts led a 2016 squad that tied the school record for most wins (14) and outscored opponents 48-17 while averaging nearly three goals per game. Team records set in 2016 include: wins (14 - tied), highest winning percentage (.700 - tied), fewest goals allowed (17), and lowest goals-against average (0.83).

The Blue Knights will look to keep the winning tradition going when they open the 2017 slate at Ohio Dominican on Thursday, August 31st with a 7:30 pm kickoff. The game is for the 2nd Annual I-70 Cup.

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