KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Soccer Coaches (USC) has released the association's national preseason rankings for men's and women's teams in all divisions of NCAA and junior college competition, as well as the upcoming fall season of boys and girls high school soccer. Following the team's run to the NCAA quarterfinals a year ago, the Fordham men's soccer team earned the #16 slot on the USC Preseason Top 25 poll.
"It is always nice to be recognized at the national level. Being in the NCAA Tournament three out of the past four years has given us a platform to show people the type of players we have here at Fordham. With that said, it is a new year and we know the work it takes to be a successful Division I soccer program. I am looking forward to welcoming our new group and working towards reaching our potential as a team in 2018," said head coach Jim McElderry.
VCU (16) and Massachusetts (4) also received votes in the preseason poll.
The Rams enter 2018 after setting new standards for the program last season. Fordham finished the year with a school record 14 wins this past season, posted two wins over nationally-ranked opponents, recorded its first two NCAA tournament wins, and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals following an exciting penalty kick shootout win at Duke. The team ended the year ranked 11th in the final USC top 25 poll, while being seventh in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25.
On top of the team accomplishments, the Rams had eight individuals honored with postseason accolades from various organizations.
Fordham returns five of those individual award winners, led by seniors Janos Loebe and Rashid Nuhu. Loebe was a Third Team All-American by College Soccer News, as well as being First Team All-Atlantic 10 and First Team USC All-Midwest Region, after leading the Rams in scoring with 23 points on seven goals and nine assists. Nuhu was also a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection and Second Team USC All-Midwest Region, as he posted 11 shutouts and
The Rams also welcome back junior Joergen Oland (Second Team All-Atlantic 10, USC All-Midwest Region Third Team), and sophomores Andron Kagramanyan and Jacob Bohm (Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selections).