University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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09 WVIAC Preseason Poll

ATH08_010_KinseyE_TMen's Soccer Picked 8th in WVIAC Preseason Poll
     08/20/09...Following appearances in the conference quarterfinals in both 2007 and 2008, Head Coach Eric Kinsey's (10th season) Mountain Cats have been picked to finish eighth in the 2009 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll.  Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College and West Virginia Wesleyan College share the top position in the poll, but a pack of other contenders are expected to be on the heels of the Battlers and Bobcats... (WVIAC Release and Poll)
     Pitt-Johnstown, 10-9-1 overall and 5-4-1 in conference play a year ago, was bitten by the graduation bug with six departed starters, including First-Team All-WVIAC and Second-Team All-Atlantic Region performer Jason Swope (Indiana, Pa.).  The Mountain Cats return senior goalkeeper Craig Neff (Elizabethtown, Pa.), who recorded eight shutouts last fall, to help lead a young squad that includes thirteen newcomers.
     Alderson-Broaddus and West Virginia Wesleyan each notched three first place votes, while third place Davis & Elkins (WV) College grabbed a pair of picks for the top spot.  Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University is fourth, and fifth-place Ohio Valley (WV) University garnered the final first place vote.  University of Charleston (WV), Seton Hill University, Pitt-Johnstown, Shepherd (WV) University, and Concord (WV) University round out the sixth through tenth positions.  Salem International (WV) University is not eligible for the 2009 WVIAC men's soccer championship.