ADA – The Ohio Northern men's soccer team was selected to finish third in the 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference Coaches Preseason Poll in voting conducted by the league's 10 head coaches.

Northern received 57 points in this year's edition of the poll.

John Carroll was selected to defend its 2018 title with 77points and six first place votes. Capital was picked second with 76 points and four first place votes and Mount Union was picked fourth with 56 points.

The Polar Bears went 13-7-2 overall and were fifth in the OAC with a 4-5-0 league record. ONU then advanced to the finals of the OAC Tournament with a pair of victories at Otterbein and Capital before a penalty kick loss at John Carroll.

Ohio Northern will open its 2019 schedule on Sept. 30 at Lake Forest (Ill.) under first-year interim head coach Chris Matejka.

2019 OAC Coaches Preseason Poll

Rank    Team (First Place Votes)    Points
1.    John Carroll (6)    77
2.    Capital (4)    76
3.    Ohio Northern    57
4.    Mount Union    56
5.    Marietta    49
6.    Otterbein (6)    47
7.    Wilmington    32
8.    Heidelberg    27
9.    Baldwin Wallace    20
10.    Muskingum    9