Mitrevski Named to Preseason All-Conference Team, Liberty Selected 5th in ASUN Preseason Men’s Soccer Poll
Liberty Flames midfielder Marko Mitrevski has been selected to the 2022 ASUN Preseason Men’s Soccer All-Conference team, the conference office announced as it released the team and the preseason men’s soccer poll, earlier this afternoon.
Liberty, 7-9 in 2021, was predicted to finish fifth in the ASUN standings by the league’s head coaches.
Defending ASUN Champion Lipscomb was picked to win the nine-team conference this fall. The Bisons, who finished 12-4-2 last season, received eight first-place votes and 80 points to top the poll. Central Arkansas was selected second with 66 points.
Named to the ASUN All-Conference team in each of his first two seasons with the Flames, Mitrevski was selected to the ASUN Preseason All-Conference team for the second straight year. The senior from Rochester, N.Y., posted three goals and two assists in 15 games while averaging 79.1 minutes per game. The midfielder was named ASUN Player of the Week for Nov. 2 after recording the first multi-goal game of his career in a victory over North Florida. The team captain scored twice in the must-win contest to help the Flames qualify for the 2021 ASUN Tournament.
Each ASUN team will play eight conference games with the addition of Queens to the ASUN Conference this fall. Liberty will open ASUN Conference play against Bellarmine on Sept. 10.
The top six teams in the ASUN standings will advance to the 2022 ASUN Men’s Soccer Championship. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be held at the home sites of the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, Nov. 5 and 7. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will receive a bye and play the quarterfinal winners in the semifinals. The finals will be played on the home field of the highest remaining seed on Nov. 12. The conference champion receives an automatic bid to the 2022 NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament.
Liberty will begin its regular season at home on Aug. 25 against Radford. Match time at Osborne Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.
2022 ASUN Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll
Pl. Team (1st Place Votes), Points
1. Lipscomb (8), 80
2. Central Arkansas, 66
3. FGCU, 58
4. Stetson, 55
5. Liberty, 40
6. North Florida, 33
7. Jacksonville (1), 32
8. Bellarmine, 30
9. Queens, 11
Preseason Player of the Year: Tyres Spicer, Lipscomb
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Noah Gulden, Lipscomb
Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year: Michael Sibley, Lipscomb
ASUN Preseason All-Conference Team
Pos. Player, School
GK Michael Sibley, Lipscomb
D Noah Gulden, Lipscomb
D Brandon Knutson, Central Arkansas
D Shandel Senior, FGCU
D Scott Gulden, Lipscomb
D LJ Estes, North Florida
MF Karim Diao, Central Arkansas
MF Marko Mitrevski, Liberty
MF Luca Naumann, Lipscomb
F Sebastian Andreassen, Central Arkansas
F Olivier Correa, Jacksonville
F Tyres Spicer, Lipscomb
F Hayes Wood, Lipscomb