SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2007 preseason coaches poll for men's soccer on Wednesday afternoon and Washington and Lee was picked to finish fourth out of the league's 10 teams.
Roanoke earned the top spot in the poll with six first-place votes and 88 points, followed closely by Virginia Wesleyan (87) and Lynchburg (81), who each received two first-place nods. The Generals accumulated 72 points to take the fourth slot, while Hampden-Sydney (65), Eastern Mennonite (45), Randolph-Macon (38), Guilford (36), Bridgewater (22) and Emory & Henry (16) rounded out the poll.
W&L finished the regular season with a 12-3-2 overall record and a 6-2-1 ODAC mark and returns a host of letterwinners for the 2007 campaign, including seniors All-ODAC selections Josh Dodds (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar) and Ted Sheedy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) and leading scorer, senior Jack Palmer (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown).
Dodds was a first team all-conference, Second Team All-Region and All-State selection in 2006 after starting all 17 games as a member of the midfield. He finished second on the team in scoring with 13 points on five goals and three assists. His four game-winning goals led the team and he enters his senior season with 35 career points on 14 goals and seven assists.
Sheedy earned First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-State and All-Region laurels after starting 15 games as the Generals' goalkeeper in 2006. He recorded 37 saves for the season and posted an .841 save percentage. Sheedy's 0.49 goals-against average was a new W&L season record, while his eight shutouts in 2006 tied for the program record.
Palmer returns in 2007 after leading the Generals in scoring in 2006 with 17 points (8g, 1a). A 2005 First Team All-ODAC pick, he currently ranks 10th all-time in career goals (23) at W&L.
The Generals open the 2007 campaign on Thu., Sept. 6 when they take on Southern Virginia at 4:30 pm at Watt Field.
2007 ODAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
(#) Denotes first place votes
1. Roanoke 88 (6)
2. Virginia Wesleyan 87 (2)
3. Lynchburg 81 (2)
4. Washington and Lee 72
5. Hampden-Sydney 65
6. Eastern Mennonite 45
7. Randolph-Macon 38
8. Guilford 36
9. Bridgewater 22
10. Emory & Henry 16
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