IRVINE, Calif. – The PacWest Conference men’s soccer coaches selected Hawai’i Pacific University to finish sixth in the annual PacWest Preseason Men’s Soccer Poll announced on Tuesday. The coaches also named midfielder Garrit Arzberger as Preseason All-PacWest.
The Sharks, who are coming off a 6-8-3 season, 4-7-2 in the PacWest in 2017, received 80 total points in the poll for sixth, three points ahead of Biola in seventh with 77 points and 15 behind Azusa Pacific with 95 in fifth.
Point Loma is the favorite to win the conference as the PacWest coaches gave PLNU 141 points and nine of the 12 first place votes. Concordia Irvine was second with 128 points and two first place votes, while Notre Dame de Namur was third with 118 points and one first place vote. Fresno Pacific received 103 points in fourth. After APU, HPU and Biola, Chaminade received 51 points in eighth, Dominican 47 points in ninth, Academy of Art 46 points in 10th, Holy Names 26 points in 11th and Hawai’i Hilo with 24 points in 12th.
Arzberger, a 6-0 senior midfielder from Munich, Germany/Therese von Bayern, is one of the 13 student-athletes named to the Preseason All-PacWest Conference team. An All-PacWest Conference Third Team selection in 2017, Arzberger was is the HPU’s top returning scorer, collecting five goals and 12 points last season. He placed 22 of his 42 shots on goal in 2017, leading the Sharks with a .524 shots on goal percentage.
Leading the preseason squad is Fresno Pacific midfielder Anthony Velarde as the Preseason Player of the Year. Notre Dame de Namur’s Moises Claudio is the Preseason Defender of the Year, while Point Loma’s Wiktor Lasota was selected the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.
The Sharks open the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Waipio Soccer Complex Field 5 as they host cross-town rival Chaminade in a 1:30 p.m. non-conference match.
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2018 PAC WEST CONFERENCE PRESEASON MEN’S SOCCER POLL
1. Point Loma 141 (9)
2. Concordia Irvine 128 (2)
3. Notre Dame de Namur 118 (1)
4. Fresno Pacific 103
5. Azusa Pacific 95
6. Hawai’i Pacific 80
7. Biola 77
8. Chaminade 51
9. Dominican (Calif.) 47
10. Academy of Art 46
11. Holy Names 26
12. Hawai’i Hilo 24
|2018 PRESEASON ALL-PACWEST MEN’S SOCCER AWARDS|
|Player of the Year||Defender of the Year||Goalkeeper of the Year|
Notre Dame de Namur
|2018 PRESEASON ALL-PACWEST MEN’S SOCCER TEAM|
|Arturo Astorga||Azusa Pacific||F||Jr.||El Paso, Texas/Canutillo|
|Indiana Fuller||Point Loma||F||Sr.||Irvine, Calif./University|
|Connor Gordon||Concordia||F||Gr.||Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison|
|Naia Graham||Notre Dame de Namur||F||Sr.||Kailua, Hawaii/Kailua|
|Gerritt Arzberger||Hawai’i Pacific||M||Sr.||Munich, Germany/Therese von Bayern|
|Kousei Mattox||Biola||M||Sr.||Yokohama, Japan/Esperanza FC|
|Aleksander Pumpalovic||Azusa Pacific||M||Sr.||Zurich, Switzerland/KV Zurich Business School|
|Anthony Velarde||Fresno Pacific||M||Sr.||Reedley, Calif./Reedley|
|Bruno Brumati||Fresno Pacific||D||Sr.||Cacapava, Brazil/West Hills|
|Moises Claudio||Notre Dame de Namur||D||Jr.||Hawthorne, Calif./Lawndale|
|Jacob Eisenberg||Point Loma||D||So.||Temecula, Calif./Chaparral|
|Matias Rodriguez||Point Loma||D||Sr.||Bogota, Colombia/Chaparral|
|Wiktor Lasota||Point Loma||GK||Sr.||Lodz, Poland/Aviation|