Monmouth receives notice in preseason soccer polls

first_imgWith three Regional All-Americans returning, the Monmouth University men’s soccer team is getting notice in the College Soccer News Preseason Poll.This is nothing new for the Hawks, who have been a presence in the national polls the last seven years under head coach Robert Mc- Court. Monmouth reached a high of No. 4 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire National Rankings back in 2010.The returning All-Americans are senior captain Joseph Schmid (Kingston, Pa./Wyoming Valley West), who tied for the team lead with five goals and was second with 13 points, and defenders Matt Jeffery (Freehold Township) and Emmanuel Senyah Agyemang (Kumasi, Ghana/KNUST University), who helped Monmouth post nine shutouts and hold the opposition to a 0.70 goals-against average last season. Monmouth ranked No. 7 nationally in goals against. Both Agyemang and Jeffery scored one goal for the Hawks.The Hawks’ leading scorer from 2012, Francois “Paco” Navarro (Paris, France) returns for his senior season after scoring five goals and dishing out four assists. Edney Derrick (Kumasi, Ghana/KNUST University), Jacob Rubinstein (Ocean Township), Andres Penfold (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) and Tomas Penfold (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) also return after scoring two goals each last season.Rubinstein was one of the top freshmen in the Northeast Conference (NEC) last year.Among the Hawks’ 2013 recruits are Long Branch High School graduate Wilson Bonilla, a defender, and Christian Brothers Academy graduate Tim West, a midfielder who lives in Colts Neck and is a transfer from Fairfield (Conn.)The Hawks move into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) this fall, leaving the NEC that Monmouth dominated in recent years (the Hawks won seven straight regular season titles).Following home scrimmages against Rutgers University (Aug. 20, 2 p.m.) and the University of Delaware (Aug. 24, 7 p.m.) Monmouth opens the 2013 regular season on Aug. 30 at perennial national power University of North Carolina.The Hawks’ home opener in West Long Branch against in-state rival Seton Hall University is on Sept. 6. The match will be played underthelightswitha7p.m.start.OnSept. 11, the Hawks will welcome Villanova University to their home pitch in another contest that is under the lights at 7 p.m.Monmouth’s first MAAC game is against Fairfield University on Oct. 5. Its MAAC home opener is on Oct. 9 against Iona College at 7 p.m.last_img read more