The Rocky Mountain College men's soccer team begins the 2017 season as the preseason runner-up in the Cascade Conference. (Photo courtesy Rocky Mountain College)

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Rocky Mountain College landed three first-place votes in the Cascade Conference men’s soccer preseason polls, enough to land the Battlin’ Bears second in the league. The University of Providence finished third in the voting.

Rocky finished last season with a 13-5-2 record and went 10-1-2 in the Cascade Conference schedule. The Bears competed in the league’s postseason tournament and finished with 179 points in the preseason polls. Corban University was selected first with 188 points and nine first-place votes. The Battlin’ Bears and Warriors each competed in the 2016 NAIA men’s soccer championships with Rocky falling in the opening round.

Providence appeared in the Cascade championship game in 2016, falling to Corban. The Argos, then the University of Great Falls, held a 10-9-1 record, including an 8-5 mark in league play. The Argos received one first-place vote from league coaches.

Carroll College, the final Montana team competing in the Cascade Conference, was selected fifth in the preseason polls. The Fighting Saints earned a first-place vote after posting an 8-9-1 record last season, 5-6 in the league.

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The top eight teams from the regular season will be selected to compete in the Cascade Conference tournament and a berth in the NAIA national playoffs. League play is slated to begin on Friday, Sept. 15.

The results from the Cascade Conference men’s soccer preseason coaches poll can be found below.

2017 Cascade Conference men’s soccer
Preseason coaches poll (first-place votes in parentheses)

  1. Corban (9) 188 points
  2. Rocky Mountain College (3) 179 points
  3. University of Providence (1) 149 points
  4. Southern Oregon 135 points
  5. Carroll College (1) 128 points
  6. Evergreen 120 points
  7. Northwest University 118 points
  8. Eastern Oregon 105 points
  9. Oregon Tech 92 points
  10. College of Idaho 65 points
  11. Northwest Christian 63 points
  12. Warner Pacific 45 points
  13. Multnomah 33 points
  14. Walla Walla 16 points