LIU and St. Francis soccer players prominent in preseason All-Conference teams

The LIU Brooklyn Women's Soccer team has won back-to-back NEC titles, but was picked to finish second this season. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics.

Eight different LIU and St. Francis College players were chosen for preseason All-NEC Conference teams by College Sports Madness. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics.

The website College Sports Madness published their preseason All-Conference soccer teams for the Northeast Conference earlier this month and many members of the LIU Brooklyn Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams as well as the St. Francis College Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams were prevalent.

On the men’s team, St. Francis had the most prominent player with Kevin Correa taking the Offensive Player of the Year honors. Correa was also named to the First Team along with teammate Gabriel Bagot. Andy Cormack and Riccardo Milano both made the Second Team. LIU Brooklyn’s was represented on the men was Jacob Smith and Tanner Sica who both were named to the Second Team.

St. Francis might have outnumbered LIU on the men’s team, but LIU picked up ground on the women’s team. LIU’s Asia Suarez was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year though and both and Lucy Gunton-Jones and Jessica Sexton were both named to the Second Team.

Out of all three teams, the LIU Brooklyn Men’s and Women’s team and the St. Francis College Men’s (St. Francis has no women’s soccer), LIU’s Women’s team is expected to best overall as it’s coming off of back-to-back NEC championships and was picked to finish second in a preseason NEC coaches poll. Among the men, St. Francis slightly edged out LIU as they were picked No. 6 to LIU’s No. 7 in a similar preseason coach’s poll.

This is all obviously very preliminary lists. The season is just beginning and so many things can happen between now and the end of the season including players not living up to expectations and injuries. These things tend to have a way to sway things in unforeseen ways.

Don’t forget to read our Q&As with Gunton-Jones and Sexton.