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BAY CITY, Mich.-- The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) unveiled the 2016 Preseason Men's Soccer Coaches Poll in conjunction with their media day Thursday (Aug. 16).
The Storm was selected to finish fourth in the conference a season after reaching the GLIAC Championship game.
Saginaw Valley State University was selected to win the conference, receiving 61 points and five first-place votes. Northwood University finished the poll in second, receiving 54 points and three first-place votes. Tiffin University received the final first-place vote to finish the poll in third. Ohio Dominican University (33 points) and the University of Findlay (31 points) finished behind the Storm in fifth and sixth respectively. Ashland University (23 points), Walsh University (18 points) and Northern Michigan University (13 points) rounded out the 2016 poll.
The poll was released as part of the conference's media day website, which features previews from all GLIAC teams and brief interviews with each head coach.
The Storm looks to return to the GLIAC Championship Game after reaching it in 2015 under first-year Head Coach Kevin Brenner. They ended their 2015 campaign with a 7-9-2 overall record and a 7-6-1 mark in GLIAC play. Five of those losses came by just one goal.
The Storm returns their top goal scorer from last season, Stuart Campbell. Campbell tallied eight goals and one assist. Also returning offensively is Miguel Espinoza who appeared in all but one game last season as a freshman, scoring two goals and assisting on one more. Nolyn Do Nascimento also provides an offensive presence for the Storm at the midfield. Andrew Bucur saw time in every game last year, tallying a goal and three assists.
Defensively, Hugo Faroux is the incumbent goal keeper. Faroux appeared in eight games last season, making six starts and 25 saves. He helped the Storm advance to the GLIAC Championship last season with tremendous play during penalty kicks in the semifinal matchup against Saginaw Valley State.