The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) is set to kick off another thrilling season of men’s soccer, with the teams gearing up for a competitive championship race. Here’s a comprehensive look at the preseason predictions, key players, and the schedule for the 2023 season.
The seven-time defending NCAC champion, Kenyon, has been chosen as the favorite to win the 2023 men’s soccer championship. The preseason balloting of the league coaches has provided some intriguing insights:
- Kenyon: Topping the list with six of the nine possible first-place votes and 78 points overall.
- Ohio Wesleyan: Close behind, with the remaining three first-place votes and 75 total points.
- Denison: Selected third with 60 points.
- Wabash: Tabbed fourth with 53 points.
- DePauw: Fifth with 37 points.
- Wooster: Sixth with 35 points.
- Wittenberg: Seventh with 32 points.
- Oberlin: Eighth with 26 points.
- Hiram: Ninth with 9 points.
Kenyon finished the 2022 season with an impressive 19-2-1 overall record, securing the team’s 13th conference title in program history. They also made a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Owls will be under the guidance of first-year head coach Travis Wall, following the departure of Chris Brown, who led the program for 18 seasons.
The 2023 NCAC men’s soccer season is set to begin on September 1, with eight conference teams playing in non-conference action. The first day of NCAC play is scheduled for September 30, featuring exciting matchups like Kenyon at DePauw, Denison at Hiram, Wittenberg at Ohio Wesleyan, and Wooster at Oberlin.