The Lander men's soccer team received one first-place vote and was picked to finish second this season in the Peach Belt Conference's preseason poll released today (Aug. 25) by the league office. The poll was voted on by the PBC's 10 head coaches.
Young Harris, which won the PBC regular season title last season, tallied eight first-place votes and led the poll with 78 points. Lander had 71 points and was followed by: 3. Flagler 64, 4. Clayton State 51, 5. Francis Marion 49, 6. Montevallo and UNC Pembroke 41, 8. North Georgia 25, 9. USC Aiken 20, and 10. Georgia Southwestern 10.
Lander, posted a 12-5-2 overall record in 2013 and went 6-3 in the PBC. The Bearcats were the top seed in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament and advanced to the NCAA's Round of 16.
The Bearcats are coached by 2013 Southeast Region Coach of the Year Van Taylor, who is entering his 30th season at Lander.