Tornados picked 12th in SAC preseason poll, McPhillips named preseason All-SAC

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Brevard College Tornados were selected to finish 12th in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer preseason coaches’ poll, while senior forward Ryan McPhillips (Glasgow, Scotland) was voted to the preseason All-SAC Second Team, it was unveiled by officials of the league office on Monday.


Brevard closed out SAC play in 2015 with a 4-5-2 record capturing conference victories at Coker and Newberry and home against Anderson and Catawba. The Tornados four conference wins marked the most league wins in school history, qualifying the squad for post-season play. Brevard’s season ended in 4-0 loss at No. 1 Carson-Newman in the conference quarterfinal.


“Knowing we had a great season in 2015,” said head soccer coach Shug Shinohara. “Gives us added motivation heading into this upcoming season. We want to bring it on a gamely basis, going up against great talent around the league and try to prove this prediction wrong.”


Though the Tornados return nearly 93 percent of last years scoring, Brevard didn’t fare well in the 2016 projections as they were picked to finish 12th with 12 points.


Defending SAC tournament champion Wingate took home the top spot with 119 total points and 9 out of 12 first-place votes. Remaining SAC regular season champion Carson-Newman was second with 112 points, while Lincoln Memorial was picked third-place with 95.


Queens (98), Tusculum (77) and Anderson (71) rounded out the upper half of the poll, while the bottom half of the poll was comprised of Lenoir-Rhyne (65), Mars Hill (46), Catawba (44), Coker (33), Newberry (26) and Brevard (12).


In connection with the coaches’ poll, the league office also announced the 26 player All-SAC selections. Senior forward Ryan McPhillips was named to the second team following All-Conference Honorable Mention honors in 2015.


McPhillips completed his junior season in the blue and white with four goals and two assists on 21 shots with 13 finding their mark. The Glasgow, Scotland native’s season also included two game winning goals Laurel and Anderson.


“We are absolutely delighted about Ryan being named to the second team,” said Shinohara. “He deserves the honor and has returned in top shape for his final year and is one who has set the tone from the beginning of preseason, always putting the team mentality first.”


Preseason South Atlantic Conference coaches’ poll
School Total (first-place votes)
1. Wingate 119 (9)
2. Carson-Newman 112 (3)
3. Lincoln Memorial 95
4. Queens 98
5. Tusculum 77
6. Anderson 71
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 65
8. Mars Hill 46
9. Catawba 44
10. Coker 33
11. Newberry 26
12. Brevard 12


Preseason All-South Atlantic Conference
First Team
F – Jon Ander, Wingate
F – Tom Read, Carson-Newman
F – Corey Brown, Queens
F – Ismael Noumansana, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Aksel Juul, Wingate
MF – Callum Ross, Wingate
MF – Henrique Rezek, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Thibault Mathorez, Carson-Newman
D – Alex Nelson, Wingate
D – Guillermo Lazcano, Tusculum
D – Damian Gaona, Wingate
D – Ryo Ogawa, Anderson
GK – Pablo Jara, Wingate


Second Team
F – Bruno Andrade, Carson-Newman
F – Marius Staalby, Carson-Newman
F – Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial
F – Ryan McPhillips, Brevard
MF – Marc-Kevin Schwenk, Queens
MF – Brad Du Plooy, Anderson
MF – Polymnios Avgousti, Carson-Newman
MF – Amine Merdjett, Mars Hill
D – Ryan Kawczynski, Queens
D – Ricardo Da Silva, Tusculum
D – Hisham Abedlaziz, Lincoln Memorial
D – Josh Calabria, Anderson
GK – Jorge Alvarez, Tusculum

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