Golden Bears open 2017 campaign at home against Bridgewater State on Friday, September 1
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (August 21, 2017) – The defending Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) champion Western New England University men's soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the 2017 CCC Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released on Monday afternoon.
The Golden Bears received 70 points and one first place vote in the poll, which is completed by all ten head coaches in the conference. Endicott College took the top spot with 96 points and six first place votes, while the Wentworth Institute of Technology finished second with 90 points and three first place tallies. Gordon College rounded out the top three with 70 points.
Roger Williams followed Western New England in fifth with 60 points, while Nichols (50), Curry (32), Salve Regina (30), the University of New England (26) and Eastern Nazarene (19) took the final five spots in the poll.
Western New England is coming off a 2016 campaign that saw the Golden Bears capture their sixth CCC title in program history with road victories at Endicott and Wentworth in the CCC semifinals and championship, respectively. The 2017 squad will look to replicate that success with much of last season's offensive firepower returning.
Senior forward Troy Remillard (Palmer, Mass.), a two-time All-CCC first team performer, will lead the way for the Golden Bears after netting a conference-best 17 goals last fall. Remillard was at his best when it mattered most, scoring two goals in each of Western New England's CCC Tournament victories, including the game-winner in the championship match at Wentworth.
Western New England opens its season at home against Bridgewater State on Friday, September 1, the first of three straight matches at Suprenant Field. The Golden Bears also host traditional regional power Wheaton College on Wednesday, September 6 before beginning their CCC title defense on September 16 at the University of New England.