[MEN'S PREVIEW: Friday]
The 2013 men's season starts Friday with five games involving teams in the Soccer America Preseason Men's Top 25
. No. 5 Creighton begins its quest for a third straight Men's
College Cup appearance when it hosts No. 16 Tulsa, featuring one of the nation's top young strikers in Cristian Mata
. No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 13 UCLA
renew their rivalry at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, while No. 20 Virginia hosts No. 14 Louisville in their first meeting. Other Top 25 matchups: No. 12 Wake Forest vs. No. 15 Coastal Carolina
and No. 22 Northwestern vs. No. 23 UC Santa Barbara. FRIDAY TOP 25 MATCHUPS #5 Creighton vs. #16 Tulsa
Creighton has a 38-6-4 record and two Men's College Cup appearances since Elmar Bolowich
took over as head
coach, and a third final four is not beyond the Bluejays' reach.
Bolowich's son, Alex
, will take over after Jeff
, who won the starting job as a freshman, transferred to Virginia.
Tulsa is young but talented as sophomores Cristian Mata
goals, 6 assists) and Bryce Follensbee
(9 goals, 3 assists) combined fort 55 points last season. #7 Notre Dame vs.
#13 UCLA (in Bloomington, Ind)
The Bruins and Fighting Irish open the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, where they
meet for the third time.
Transfers Jordan Vale
(Syracuse) and Aaron Simmons
(SMU) should step into the
Bruin lineup right away.
A player to follow in Irish midfield: junior Nick Besler,
younger brother of U.S. national team defender Matt Besler
. #12 Wake Forest vs. #15 Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina lost high-scoring Ashton Bennett
, but it should get plenty of offense out of Brazilian playmaker Antonio Ribeiro
, one of the nation's top
Wake lost playmaker Collin Martin
over the summer when he signed a homegrown contract with D.C United, but at least defender Jalen Robinson
, another highly regarded United academy player, is back for his sophomore season. #20 Virginia vs.
Louisville and Virginia are two of the country's big-name men's programs, but they'll be meeting for the first time. Marlon Hairston
, who spent the spring with the U.S. U-20 national team, will be expected to step up after the loss of Andrew
, the No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft, and Dylan Mares
, who transferred to Indiana.
of sophomores -- including ACC All-Freshman picks Darius Madison
, Marcus Salandy-Defour
and Todd Wharton
-- are among 10 starters returning for the Cavaliers. #22 Northwestern vs. #23 UC Santa Barbara
Northwestern is loaded with the return of All-Big Ten picks Tyler Miller
, Nikko Boxall
, Chris Ritter
(last year’s Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year) and Joey Calistri
(Big Ten Freshman of the Year).
If Frenchman Achille Campion
, an NAIA transfer from Belhaven, can remain healthy, he should have a huge senior
year for UCSB. He scored six goals in seven games before being sidelined for the season with an ankle injury.