A veritable plethora of Bowling Green State University men's soccer student-athletes have been named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-Mid-American Conference Team. The team was announced by College Sports Madness on Monday (Aug. 19).
The Falcons had a total of five players listed to the first team, tied with the University of Akron for the most players selected. BG's total of eight overall players named to the team was the highest of any MAC school.
Seniors Anthony Grant, Sean Sikich and Michael Wiest, junior Danny Baraldi and sophomore Ryan James all were named to the Preseason All-MAC First Team by the web site, while seniors Zach Schewee and Brandon Silva and sophomore Jake Genrich earned second-team honors.
Head coach Eric Nichols and the Falcons return a total of 13 letterwinners, including nine starters, from last year's club. The 2012 team finished with an overall record of 8-9-3 and a MAC mark of 3-3-1. BGSU tied for fourth in the league regular-season standings last fall.
The 2013 team will host the University of Cincinnati in an exhibition at Cochrane Field on Saturday night (Aug. 24). Then, the Falcons prepare for the start of the regular season, as BG will host a pair of matches over Labor Day weekend. The Brown and Orange will host Malone University on Aug. 30 and the University of Michigan on Sept. 2. All home matches begin at 7:00 p.m. at Cochrane, and admission is free.
The complete College Sports Madness Preseason All-MAC Team and specialty awards...
F - Reinaldo Brenes, Akron
F - James Stevenson, Northern Illinois
F - Anthony Grant, Bowling Green
F - Eric Stevenson, Akron
M - Danny Baraldi, Bowling Green
M - Aodhan Quinn, Akron
M - Andy Bevin, West Virginia
M - Ryan James, Bowling Green
D - Nick Raskasky, West Virginia
D - Phil Fives, Akron
D - Bryan Gallego, Akron
D - Sean Sikich, Bowling Green
GK - Michael Wiest, Bowling Green
F - Jason Grant, Western Michigan
F - Majed Osman, West Virginia
F - Ryan Lemasters, Western Michigan
F - Marco Lobo, Western Michigan
M - Adam Najem, Akron
M - Brandon Silva, Bowling Green
M - Gael Rivera, Northern Illinois
M - Zak Leedom, West Virginia
D - Charlie Oliver, Northern Illinois
D - Jake Genrich, Bowling Green
D - Jesse Andoh, Buffalo
D - Zach Schewee, Bowling Green
GK - Fernando Pina, Akron
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Reinaldo Brenes, Akron
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bryan Gallego, Akron
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Adam Najem, Akron
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jared Embick, Akron